Gerard Marín, second pre-registered entry for the Barcelona World Race
The Catalan sailor has begun plotting his route towards his third double-handed round the world challenge.
“I’m fully immersed in a Barcelona World Race project. I’m looking forward to returning to the Southern Ocean on board an IMOCA. It’s something you just don’t forget”. Gerard Marín (Figueras, Spain,1982) has completed the pre-registration process for the fourth edition of the two-crew round the world challenge.
His project is underway and he hopes to be able to select a boat and team early next year: “We’re researching a few hire options and will put together the team according to our campaign objectives. Our plan is to really work on boat preparation, get the technology right and get to grips with weather planning during 2018. I want to have a reliable boat that I can really push. This kind of approach is better than focusing just on the sailing”, says Gerard, who was also very open to the possibility of extending this project beyond the Barcelona World Race and on to other IMOCA calendar events such as the Vendée Globe.
The two-leg format of the fourth edition of Barcelona’s epic race, with an option to switch co-skipper for the second leg is, according to Gerard very attractive: “From a sporting perspective, the two legs are an added bonus, especially for me as I’ve completed a non-stop Barcelona World Race. The stopover allows the teams that perhaps aren’t quite at their top performance level to fine-tune their boats. The Sydney stopover is also appealing to sponsors”.
Gerard’s first venture into this round the world classic was the Barcelona World Race 2010/11 when he joined forces with Frenchman Ludovic Aglaor on Fòrum Marítim Català. Finishing in eighth place, at 29 years old he became the youngest person to have ever completed the circumnavigation starting and finishing in Barcelona. The run was also pioneering in the world of transoceanic racing as Gerard and Ludovic had raced across the world’s oceans with a sensor fitted to their yacht measuring salinity levels and sea water temperature. The scientific project was part of the FNOB’s collaboration with the Spanish National Research Council’s (CSIC) Sea Sciences Institute (ICM). The project was continued in the 2014/15 edition on One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton with skippers Didac Costa and Aleix Gelabert.
Gerard was back racing in the third edition of the Bacelona World Race in 2014/15 with fellow Catalan Anna Corbella on board GAES Centros Auditivos. The pair sailed a spectacular regatta into third place on the podium.
Gerard is based in la Escala in Gerona (Spain) and is also a Europa class expert, having won the 2012 World Championships. From Europa he moved into the Mini Class, taking part in the Mini-Transat twice (he finished 4th in the Series Production Division in 2007 and 21st in the Proto Division in 2009). He has also put his sailing energies into the Figaro Class with a Transat AG2R 2012 entry alongside Anna Corbella.