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When Tomorrow Comes
News MAR 5, 2015 17:55

When Tomorrow Comes

After a spell last night and today during which almost all of the Barcelona World Race fleet were in light or moderate winds, in the Atlantic and the Pacific, it looks more like Transition Time is ringing for many. The exception to the calls of 'It's Not Normally Like This Here' was Jorg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane on Renault Captur who were 'motoring' across the Pacific at their statutory, speed limited 15-16kts, riding a fairly typical low pressure.

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Emails from the boats  MAR 5, 2015 12:21

Strategies and whales

Didac Costa (One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton):

"Hi,
We hold on to our approach to cape Horn. The last few hours we have gone more North than We Are Water looking for a better conditions for the next 24 hours, to try to gain some miles. Shortly we will know the outcome, anyway we will have tried! The last two days have been exhausting as every 3-4 hours we were caught in a downpour that meant we had to make many sail changes of reef.

Strategies and whales
News MAR 4, 2015 06:40

Stretching north again

While Neutrogena crosses a wide swathe of light airs race leaders Cheminées Pouljoulat have been stripping out fast miles almost directy north as they reach the latitude of the south of Uruguay. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam were making 19kts while Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz have averaged just 3.3kts over the last four hours to 0500hrs UTC this morning.

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When Tomorrow Comes
News MAR 5, 2015 17:55

When Tomorrow Comes

After a spell last night and today during which almost all of the Barcelona World Race fleet were in light or moderate winds, in the Atlantic and the Pacific, it looks more like Transition Time is ringing for many. The exception to the calls of 'It's Not Normally Like This Here' was Jorg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane on Renault Captur who were 'motoring' across the Pacific at their statutory, speed limited 15-16kts, riding a fairly typical low pressure.

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News  MAR 5, 2015 07:32

Fleet Slowdown?

With three boats in the Atlantic and four still in the Pacific it is slightly unusual than no team are flying. At this point the highest speed is Renault Captur, making 15,5kts and the slowest GAES Centros Auditivos. In the Atlantic, in tems of boat speed double figures is an achievement right now and Neutrogena are quickest at 10kts. But Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz have been unlucky to just average 4.1 kts over 24 hours meaning they have had one of their slowest days making just 113 miles.

Fleet Slowdown?
News MAR 3, 2015 07:41

Open Doors

Cheminées Poujoulat have a particularly benevolent Atlantic opening up for them, rolling back to reveal downwind and reaching conditions almost all the way to the Equator. Slighty unsually Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam will only sail a few hours upwind, Wednesday evening and night. They are now just north of the high pressue and have 15kts E'ly winds and only have that transition tomorrow night before entering a more settled E'ly flow. They are netting themselves an extra two days of advantage over Neutrogena and GAES Centros Auditivos for their relatively easy Atlantic.  Today Cheminées Poujoulat should cross their outbound wake

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Jean-Pierre Dick: "I really wanted to be on the start line”
Interviews DEC 27, 2014 13:41

Jean-Pierre Dick: "I really wanted to be on the start line”

Jean-Pierre Dick has won both editions of the Barcelona World Race so far. But the French skipper will not race this time to defend his title. The skipper from Nice is working on his new IMOCA 60 Saint-Michel-Virbac, a Verdier-VPLP design which he is having built for the next Vendée Globe. The boat will be launched at the end of the spring 2015 but until then the skipper is high and dry, boat-less. So there will not be a third double-handed circumnavigation for JP, even if the Barcelona World Race is an event he dearly loves and wanted to be back in…

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Interviews  DEC 20, 2014 09:32

Guillermo Altadill: "It is up to the ocean to decide who is the favourite"

Guillermo Altadill has more round the world experience than any other skipper in the Barcelona World Race fleet, garnered from the earlier days of the Whitbread on Fortuna and Galicia-Pescanova, Assa Abloy and Ericsson as well as The Race on the Maxi multi Club Med. He has amassed an incredible number of ocean racing miles over 30 or so years on all types of craft.

Guillermo Altadill: "It is up to the ocean to decide who is the favourite"
Interviews DEC 11, 2014 13:16

Bruno Garcia: “I heart the Barcelona World Race”

Bruno Garcia is a Barcelona based cardiologist who has always liked to make his own heart beat just a little faster. For many years he has been at the forefront of Spain's solo and short handed ocean racing movement, one of the pioneers who has inspired some of the younger Spanish ocean racers. And when he is not ocean racing, working as an interventionist cardiologist he is something of an extreme skier. The other love always close to his heart is his family. He also loves to spend time with them. 

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The heart of an ocean athlete
Articles FEB 17, 2015 15:53

The heart of an ocean athlete

The physical requirements to complete a round the world regatta such as the Barcelona World Race are exceptional. That's why the medical check-ups prior to the start of the race include an exercise test. In this video you can find out how Aleix Gelabert got on with his at the Hospital Quirón Teknon.

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Articles  FEB 13, 2015 09:11

Ice: all eyes on the planet

Satellite detection is key in both locating the position of ice and but also in terms of reliably predicting where the ice may drift. 

This is a fascinating field with many applications beyond its use in the world of sport.

Ice: all eyes on the planet
Articles DEC 23, 2014 15:43

Bossing the business

Stewart Hosford runs one of the biggest and most prominent IMOCA race teams through the 5 Degrees West company, which in this instance look after Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss and Neutrogena, the Farr design which took third in the Vendée Globe in the hands of Alex Thomson. Hosford joined Alex Thomson just before their slightly turbulent start to the last Barcelona World Race. As well as expanding and optimising their commercial interests, he was instrumental in the changes which massively improved reliability, ensuring that Alex brought an older, but well proven IMOCA 60 on to the Vendée Globe podium, thereby producing a much needed race result just on time. Hugo Boss have committed to Alex for the foreseeable future, ensuring that he now has a new Hugo Boss – a VPLP-Verdier design – in build. 

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