We Are Water

Fifth place for Garcia Brothers after 99 days, 3 hours, 6 minutes and 28 seconds.

The Barcelona brothers Bruno and Willy Garcia were the last to sign up for the Barcelona World Race 2014/2015. The Spanish pair make their first attempt at sailing around the world as a duo, non stop and without assistance.

Bruno Garcia is big brother: five years senior to Willy at 47, and the more experienced of the two in ocean racing. This is Bruno’s second attempt at the Barcelona World Race – in 2010-11 he set off with this year’s winner Jean Le Cam on Président, before retiring when dismasted off the Cape Verde islands. A highly respected cardiologist, Bruno has twice finished fifth in the gruelling Mini Transat singlehanded race, and competed in three Solitaire du Figaro races.

Like his brother, Willy Garcia is married, was born in Barcelona and lives there to this day. A skilled jeweller, Willy has also competed in the Mini Class, including a ninth in the 2003 Transat, and two Solitaire du Figaros. He raced together with Bruno in the Figaro class in the Transat AG2R 20 years ago, but this was his first round the world race.

Barcelona brothers Bruno and Willy Garcia carried the name of the We Are Water Foundation around the world in the Barcelona World Race, continuing a popular association started in the 2010-2011 edition of the two handed race around the world with Jaume Mumbrú and Cali Sanmartí


Bruno Garcia

  • Place and date of birth: Barcelona, 8th September 1967
  • Residence: Barcelona (Spain)
  • Marital status: married
  • Age at the start: 47
  • Previous Barcelona World Race entries: 2010/2011

Track Record

Round the world racing
  • Barcelona World Race 2010/2011 (retired with broken mast), with Jean Le Cam, on Président (IMOCA 60) double-handed
  • Transat 650 (Mini Transat) 2013 (5th) (Mini Class) solo
  • Transat 650 (Mini Transat) 2003 (5th) (Mini Class) solo
  • Transat AG2R 1994 (16th) with Willy Garcia (Figaro Class) double-handed
Other offshore racing
  • Three Solitaire du Figaro entries
  • Mini Class, Mediterranean races


Willy Garcia

  • Place and date of birth: Barcelona, 3rd October 1972
  • Residence: Barcelona (Spain)
  • Marital status: married
  • Age at the start: 42
  • Previous Barcelona World Race entries: no

Track Record

  • Transat 650 (Mini Transat) 2003 (9th) (Mini Class) solo
  • Transat AG2R 1994 (16th) with Bruno Garcia (Figaro Class) double-handed
Other offshore racing
  • Mini Barcelona 2002 (3rd) (Mini Class)
  • Course des Lions 2002 (5th) (Mini Class)
  • Transgascogne 2001 (1st) (Mini Class)
  • Two Solitaire du Figaro entries

We Are Water

The winner of the first edition

We Are Water won the 2007-08 Barcelona World Race as Paprec-Virbac 2 in the hands of Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall. It is a Farr design which was built in New Zealand by Southern Ocean Marine, launched in February 2007. Then in the 2010-11 Barcelona World Race it was sailed to fourth place as Estrella Damm by Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes.

Technical details

  • Designer: Bruce Farr Yacht Design
  • Shipyard: Southern Ocean Marine (New Zealand)
  • Launch: February 2007
  • Previous names: Paprec-Virbac 2, W Hotels, Estrella Damm
  • Length: 18.28 m.
  • Beam: 5.85 m.
  • Draught: 4.5 m.
  • Displacement: 9,200 Kg.    
  • Centreboards: 2 asymmetric lines
  • Keel blade material: precision steel
  • Bulb material: lead
  • Mast height: 28.5 m.
  • Type of rigging: rotating mast with articulated spreaders and one single diamond
  • Total sail area close hauled: 300 m2
  • Total sail area downwind: 570 m2
  • Number of sails onboard: 10
  • Rudder blades: 2 kick-up
  • Autopilots onboard: 2
  • Onboard energy source: hydro-generator, generator engine (200 Lt. of diesel), lithium batteries