FNOB Impulse: support for international extreme sailing

Jordi Xammar, Joan Cardona, Luis Bugallo, Kevin Cabrera and Florian Trittel make up the local team at the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Barcelona. FNOB Impulse is promoted by the FNOB, the co-organiser of this event, and sponsored by seven companies with headquarters in Barcelona in a bid to raise the profile of top-flight sailing in the city and to support Spain’s promising young sailors.

News JUL 11, 2017 19:20

Jordi Xammar, Joan Cardona, Luis Bugallo, Kevin Cabrera and Florian Trittel make up the local team at the Extreme Sailing Series™ in Barcelona. FNOB Impulse is promoted by the FNOB, the co-organiser of this event, and sponsored by seven companies with headquarters in Barcelona in a bid to raise the profile of top-flight sailing in the city and to support Spain’s promising young sailors.

On the 20th of July 2017, opposite the W Hotel and almost exactly along the starting line of the Barcelona World Race, FNOB Impulse will set off to race against six other teams in the Fourth Act of the spectacular Extreme Sailing Series™. The regattas are open to the public, and races will take place daily until Sunday 23rd July.

The FNOB Impulse team is made up of local stars of transoceanic sailing supported by the Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB), co-organisers of the event. Their support is part of a campaign to promote top-level international sailing, as well as nurturing new talent in Spain. The team is supported by Panasonic, Pierre & Vacances, Factorenergia and Sequra, which all have offices in Barcelona.

Barcelona’s Jordi Xammar will be the captain and helm of the crew which includes Joan CardonaLuis BugalloKevin Cabrera and Florian Trittel. The team make up a crew of young sailors who competed at the highest level last month in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup on board Spanish Impulse by Iberostar finishing in sixth place. Collectively, they hold 12 world championship titles.

Jordi Xammar highlighted how special it was for them to compete in Barcelona in an international event like this on the 25th anniversary of the Olympic Games in 1992 held in the city: “It is going to be so special to race at home in the Extreme Sailing Series alongside such experienced and well-respected sailors. This is an amazing opportunity which means continuity for our project and allows us to compete against some of sailing’s most legendary crews and top-flight sailors with decades of experience. Our crew is made up of Spain’s best young sailors and we’re all also involved in our Olympic projects, so racing here to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the Olympic Games, before we were born, is a source of great inspiration”.

The support for FNOB Impulse is a prime example of the FNOB’s commitment to nurturing the professional careers of young sailors and supporting them in competing at the highest level of the sport.  Xosé-Carlos Fernández, the CEO of the FNOB, also highlighted the significance of the Extreme Sailing Series™ being held in the city, 18 months ahead of the start date of the fourth edition of the Barcelona World Race: “The Series will be held annually in Barcelona over the coming four years and the city will be able to enjoy the spectacular extreme racing every year on the same spot where the Barcelona World Race will be starting in four years’ time”.

Fernández highlighted the importance the event has for the consolidation of Barcelona as one of the world’s capitals of top-flight sailing and the significance of giving a name to a yacht with a local team. “For the FNOB it’s a great opportunity and privilege to host the Extreme Sailing Series at home. As co-organisers of the event, with this partnership we are building on the challenge we set for ourselves in 2004 to put Barcelona firmly on the map of international top-flight sailing. It’s also a great honour for us to have a home team, representing our foundation, made up of some of Spain’s most promising sailors who have already successfully participated in other prestigious competitions”.

Racing kicks off on Thursday 20th July at 10am with the Flying Phantom races which will start at the same time each day. The Flying Phantoms are catamarans with two-crew, 5.5 metres long, a run up to the GC32s which are 12 metres long and are used for the Extreme Sailing Series™ racing. These spectacular regattas will kick off each day at 3pm local time. Entry to the racing village is free and it will be situated next to the W hotel in the plaza Rosa dels Vents in the Barceloneta area of the city. The area will open each day from 10am to 7pm.

Spectators and fans can also follow the competition on the live blog from 3pm to 6pm on the 20th and 21st of July and can watch live on the official Facebook and Youtube channels from 3pm to 6pm on Saturday 22nd and from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday 23rd July. For more information please visit the official website.