GAES Centros Auditivos presents its ‘Formula 1’ for the Barcelona World Race

GAES Centros Auditivoshas officially presented its “Formula 1” of the sea today, the boat Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín will take to the upcoming edition of the Barcelona World Race, that will start at the city of Barcelona on the 31st of December this year.

News SEP 25, 2014 17:08

The presentation was attended by Xavier Amador, Director of Institutional Relations at Barcelona City Council's Department of Quality of Life, Equality and Sport; Antonio Gassó, CEO and Managing Director of GAES Centros Auditivos, the Spanish hearing firm of hearing centres; Jordi Folgado, Managing Director of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation; and the Spanish actor Imanol Arias who is godfather to the yacht.


With just 97 days to go to the start of the BWR, Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín say they are “very  excited about the project and happy with the potential and performance of the boat”, and they admitted that they were “already a bit nervous”. The pair will set course for Galicia next week to take on an intense plan of training for one month in the Atlantic.

Anna and Gerard, who will be based in Sanxenxo for a month, will be able to try out and tweak the latest changes to the boat, following the crew's participation in the New York to Barcelona Race in June.


“During the latest refit the new keel was fitted and the boat and mast underwent a comprehensive inspection to guarantee that it's race-ready for a round the world regatta”, the crew explained. When the boat returns to Barcelona, forecasted for early November, the skippers will begin training with the meteorology and the technical aspects of the boat, such as the electronics, mechanics, electricity and hydraulics.


Sailing for a dream


During the BWR, GAES Centros Auditivoswill be internationally promoting principles such as endeavour, teamwork and endurance. These are the values underpinning Spain's Fundación Vicente Ferrer, a charity working to combat extreme poverty in India. The two have teamed up for this regatta to “sail for a dream”.


The boat's hull will be decorated with the NGO's logo “to raise the profile of our projects around the world”, said Jordi Folgado, Managing Director of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation.


Well-known Spanish actor Imanol Arias, the face of the hearing company and ambassador for the NGO has been chosen to be 'Godfather' to the boat.


“It's a pleasure for me to support a boat in this way that will be spreading word of the great work being done by the Vicente Ferrer Foundation in India”, said the actor, who also said he felt “admiration for the figure of Vicente Ferrer, who was described as a very spiritual, but incredibly determined man”.


This is not the first time that GAES Centros Auditivos has joined forces with the Fundación Vicente Ferrer. In fact, the company has been working with the charity on different projects for over seven years. GAES donated over 17,000 Euros to enable 50 children with hearing and speaking disabilities in Kadiri (India) to access a decent education.


Tried and tested performance


The GAES Centros Auditivos yacht is the former Synerciel which Jean Le Cam took to fifth place in the Vendée Globe 2012/13. As Renault Z.E. the boat took on the Barcelona World Race 2010/11 and achieved a podium finish of third place with Pachi Rivero and Toño Piris at the helm.


“In the recent New York to Barcelona Race, the boat showed us that it was very fast and that we'd be able to really go into battle with the other teams”, said Anna Corbella. “It's up to us now to get the best performance out of it”, added Gerard Marín.


Second time round the world


Although this duo is one of the youngest in the regatta, Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín are heading into their second Barcelona World Race. Alongside Briton Dee Caffari, Anna became the first Spanish woman to sail round the world double-handed non-stop after 102 days at sea and a sixth place finish for her and Caffari in the BWR 2010/11. Gerard took part in the same edition alongside Ludovic Aglaor on Fórum Marítim Català  and finished in eighth place after 112 days at sea.