Yesterday I had the privilege of living from first hand the arrival at the finish line of the winners of the Barcelona World Race. Cheminées Poujoulat skippered by Jean Le Cam and Bernard Stamm, reached the goal in Barcelona yesterday at 18:45h after having circumnavigated the world in 84 days.
One step to success. Barcelona in the background.
I share with you some photos I took thanks to the kindness of the press department of the organization of the race that allowed me boarding one of the few boats for photographers and cameramen who had the opportunity to witness this historic moment. I not only enjoyed the event in a privileged position, but also had the opportunity to do it surrounded by some of the biggest specialized photographers. I would like to say thank you to the press department of the BWR.
Below is an excerpt from the press release :
The vastly experienced duo, Bernard Stamm (SUI) Jean Le Cam (FRA) have won the Barcelona World Race 2014-15 and set the reference time for the two crew round the world race: 84 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes and 25 seconds to complete the 23,321.76 miles of the theoretical course
Cheminées Poujoulat, co-skippered by Bernard Stamm, 51, (Switzerland) and Jean Le Cam, 55 (France), sailed to victory today, winning the third edition of the Barcelona World Race, the non stop, round the world race for two crew, crossing the finish line at 17:50:25hrs UTC (18:50:25hrs CET/Barcelona) in light winds, 10-15kts SE and smooth seas. The Swiss-French IMOCA 60 completed the theoretical course 23,321 nautical miles (43.191,9 Kilometres) of the theoretical course non stop (stops are penalized in this race) at an average of 11.53kts
Se estima que mañana miércoles 25 de Marzo llegue a la meta, frente al hotel Vela de Barcelona, el yate Cheminées Poujoulat de Bernard Stamm y Jean Le Cam, líder provisional de la regata y el único en el Mediterráneo a esta fecha. De ser así, la vuelta al mundo con dos tripulantes y sin paradas se habrá realizado en aproximadamente 83 días y horas.
Esperamos poder recibirles mañana en puerto. Entre tanto les dejo un abre boca con imágenes que tomé el día que se inició la regata, el 31 de Diciembre del 2014.
“Less than 400 miles from the finish line now, Cheminées Poujoulat are passed Cabo de Gata, east of Almeria, and are starting the final ascent of the Mediterannean out of the Alboran sea to Barcelona. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam are forecast to finish some time between 1000hrs and midday on Wednesday, but still have some complicated final transitions standing between them and a well earned victory, which may make that ETA ambitious.” (From the press note)
El Imoca 60 de Cheminées Poujoulat inicia la vuelta al mundo el 31 de diciembre de 2014.
El Cheminées Poujoulat en la dársena de Port Vell, Barcelona, rumbo a la línea de salida de la BWR
“The Barcelona World Race is the first and only double-handed (two crew per boat), non-stop, round the world regatta. It is a lap of the globe starting and finishing in Barcelona (Spain). External assistance is permitted, although there are strict penalty regulations. This is an extreme sporting challenge and ocean adventure that puts human limits to the test.”
“The start of the race is on the 31st of December 2014 at 13h00, with the starting line positioned opposite the W Barcelona hotel at the city’s port. The finishes are forecasted for the end of March 2015.”
“The boats cover some 23,000 nautical miles in a circumnavigation from Barcelona to Barcelona, putting the capes of Good Hope (South Africa), Leeuwin (Australia) and Horn (Chile) to port (their left) and the Antarctic to starboard (their right). During the three months of racing the skippers make their way through 12 climate zones and cross 3 oceans, as well as sailing in the Mediterranean Sea. [The course]
The crews race on IMOCA 60 yachts, 18 metres in length. Their masts can reach up to a maximum of 29 metres, as high as a building with ten floors.” From the BWR’s Web.
I took this series of pictures yesterday morning in the dock where the IMOCA yachts are waiting to set sail. You can see the spirit of the final touches, getting ready for tomorrow: the begining of the great adventure!