Neutrogena® joins the Barcelona World Race 2014/2015

The team are the fourth entry to sign up for the two-crew, round the world regatta. Guillermo Altadill returns to the Barcelona World Race line-up and José Muñoz becomes the first South American sailor to take part in an IMOCA round the world event.

News FEB 20, 2014 10:44

Neutrogena®, the expert skincare brand for even the most extreme conditions, is getting on board the Barcelona World Race by joining forces with Spain's Guillermo Altadill and Chile's José Muñoz. Effective protection in even the most extreme conditions, endurance and immediate relief are the cornerstones of the Neutrogena® DNA and are values shared by the Barcelona World Race, which come to life through this round this world adventure.

According to Letizia Tanca, Group Product Manager for Johnson&Johnson in Spain: “Here at Johnson&Johnson as official sponsors of the Barcelona World Race, we know that the weather conditions that the crews go up against are extreme; heat, cold, wind, water... The skin on the face and hands will suffer the effects the most during this challenge and it is important to repair damage and to try to protect the skin at all times. Our aim is that the skippers focus on what matters: sailing, competing, finishing the course and winning the race. Here at Neutrogena® we will provide them with the necessary care to protect their skins during this adventure.”

Guillermo Altadill requires no introductions in the world of ocean sailing. He's Spain's most experienced ocean sailor, having clocked up the highest mileage (some 400,000 miles) and having completed the highest number of circumnavigations (six). He is also the fastest ever Spanish sailor; he has two round the world records and he is one of the world's most esteemed ocean speed sailing experts. However, his experience is by no means limited to the world of ocean sailing; he took part in the America's Cup in 2007 and also coached the Tornado Class squad to Olympic gold at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996. Now he's back in battle for the only round the world regatta to defy him so far: The Barcelona World Race.

In the first edition of the competition in 2007/08 he and crew mate Jonathan McKee were forced to withdraw at Cape Town following a series of issues with their yacht and in 2010/11 his Barcelona World project Race didn't quite take off.

He's back for a third edition after a second-place finish in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2011 with Alex Thomson and a brilliant IRC 3 victory on Varuna in the most recent Sydney-Hobart; an Australian classic the skipper had already won on two occasions.

On the 31st of December he'll be setting off from his home port, with the intention of not returning until he has circumnavigated the entire globe.

José Muñoz boasts a track record brimming with top-level competitive sailing and he is Chile's most experienced ocean sailor. José took second place at Portimao 2008/09 alongside Felipe Cubillos. The pair gave a brilliant performance aboard Desafío Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn Challenge) taking second place overall and two leg victories. A particularly special leg win was between New Zealand and Brazil where the pair rounded the legendary Chilean Cape Horn in the lead.

José Muñoz has also crossed the Atlantic three times and is a specialist in IMS, MUMM 36, J24 and Soto 40 racing, as well as expertly adapting to any position on the boat. José is the first ever Chilean sailor to take part in an IMOCA regatta.

The Neutrogena® boat has huge potential. It has a track record including a West to East transatlantic record, a Route du Rhum 2010 victory and a third place finish in the Vendée Globe 2012/13.

Andor Serra, Director General of the Fundació Navegació Oceánica Barcelona (FNOB) organisers of the Barcelona World Race, highlighted the sporting potential of the team and the values shared with the sponsor and its sailors: “Getting Neutrogena® back on board is the result of seven years of work alongside Johnson&Johnson and it reaffirms the consolidation of the Barcelona World Race. This is confirmation of the sporting and human philosophy that we have been nurturing, our commitment to the environment, sustainability, education and the scientific mission of the regatta”.

Serra also underlined the special presence of Chile in the two-crew, round the world event: “It is of great satisfaction for us to have José Muñoz on board as co-skipper to Guillermo Altadill. Chile's participation in the event, a country with such a great natural oceanic vision, is something that must be built on well into the future”.

Letizia Tanca said: “At Johnson&Johnson we are very proud of the Neutrogena® boat with two leading sailors such as Guillermo Altadill and José Muñoz on board. The Neutrogena® team has been immersed in training for some weeks now and the camaraderie between the pair and their impressive joint experience will make them worthy protagonists of this competition”