"Master of the seas" Anna Corbella

Ocean Masters Skipper Feature 3 “Masters Of The Seas”, Anna Corbella - GAES Centros Auditivos 

News APR 16, 2014 17:21

(Watch video) Full of energy, positive and enthusiastic, Anna Corbella has a look about her that ‘shines’ when she talks about the sea and offshore sailing, two areas of infinite richness in which she is today a true ambassador for Spain. Crossing the finising line of the 2nd édition of the  Barcelona World Race in 6th place alongside British sailor Dee Cafari, after 102 days of sailing peppered with countless adventures, she became the first Spanish (and Catalan) woman to finish a round the world race double-handed without stopping or assistance. It was such an incredible experience that she’s decided to return again for the 2014/15 edition.  Born in 1976 in Barcelona, she is the daughter of sailors. From a young age, she started sailing in the Mediterranean on a Dufour 31 with her parents. She carried out her first trips at sea sailing towards the Balearic Islands during the holidays and long week-ends. Those happy family years gave her a good feeling about being at sea and formed a key part of her character. They were also responsible for the start of the passion of this young sailor ahead of her major adventures at sea. A focused and methodical perfectionist, the young sailor quickly achieved great racing results. In 1997 she became the Spanish 470 Champion and re-gained the same title in 470s 3 years later. Those results opened doors to Olympic training which she then pursued for 2 years before turning towards the Mini 6.50. In this magical class, which has seen plenty of the great names from offshore sailing, Anna did not delay to do the same here. 4th in the Mini Med 2004 event, 5th in the same race in 2006, she won the Taylor Woodrow trophy in 2007 and ended in 6th place in the Mini Barcelona and 4th in the Mini Empuries in 2008. In 2009, she became the first Spanish woman to race and complete the Mini Transat, between La Rochelle and Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. First woman in the one design category, and already sailing with the colours of her sponsor GAES, she finished in 15th place, a fantastic performance helming a boat from 2002 which was by no means the most competitive.  An Atlantic crossing on a boat of 6.5 metres is a real challenge…an around the world race without stops or assistance is quite another, even on a boat three times the size ! This great result encouraged Anna and her sponsor to look to bigger things. Alongside the very experienced British sailor Dee Caffari, who had already completed round the world races in both directions, with and against prevailing winds, the Spanish sailor tackled the start of the 2010/11 Barcelona World Race. They made up the only double-handed female team in the race and they finished in a fantastic 6th place, after 102 days at sea interspersed with incidents which the two women managed to overcome through sheer strength of détermination. Entering into her home port of Barcelona remains an intense Memory for Anna. She was the first Spaniard to achieve such a feat. « It was hugely emotional to arrive in my home City after sailing around the world, past the three Capes without stopping. The road to the finish was long and not always easy, but the reward could not have been greater ! I still don’t appreciate what I achieved. I still need to digest all of it to take it in. Above all, Im incredibly proud to open the way for other women, to get involved in sport and go after their dreams » She remembers today. Some time in the Mediterranean training centre in La Grande Motte and the Figaro Class was the next step for the following year for this young sailor in one of the most technical and challenging classes in the sport of sailing. Already sailing with Gerard Marin, her current co-Skipper, Anna took part in the Transat AG2R 2012, between Concarneau and the Small port of Gustavia on the Caribbean Island of St Barts, 3400 miles in a tough event ended in 11th place, after 22 days, 14 hours and 56 minutes of racing, a mère 6 hours more that the winners of the leg.  Today, the Spanish sailor is following her dreams of wide open seas and long distance racing, Always supporting by her proud sponsor GAES, she was the first to register along with Gerard Marin for the 2014/15 Barcelona World Race, which will start in her home port at the end of this year. By way of intense préparation, they will take part together in the New York to Barcelona transatlantic which starts from this iconic city on the coming 1st June 2014. On board of the IMOCA 60 which was previously owned by Loick Peyron, which also came 5th in the last Vendée Globe in the hands of Jean Le Cam, Anna Corbella has her mind set on a trip of less than 100 days. There is no doubt that this Catalan sailor has all of the potential to achieve that ! http://www.imocaoceanmasters.com/