Bruno Garcia is a Barcelona based cardiologist who has always liked to make his own heart beat just a little faster. For many years he has been at the forefront of Spain's solo and short handed ocean racing movement, one of the pioneers who has inspired some of the younger Spanish ocean racers. And when he is not ocean racing, working as an interventionist cardiologist he is something of an extreme skier. The other love always close to his heart is his family. He also loves to spend time with them.
Barcelona brothers Bruno and Willy Garcia will carry 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 Mumbru and Cali Sanmarti.
On board We Are Water we are in the trade winds, with cooler temperatures than expected, even at the latitude of the Canary Islands we wear a thermal jacket. Here we had light winds, then we decided to go west away from rest of the fleet, while they kept going south. We think about it, and after consulting the weather forecasts with our navigation routing programme, we decided to sail west of the Canary Islands.
"Hola amigos, Esta mañana me he levantado, es un decir pues llevo en pie buena parte de la noche, ¿y qué he visto? Pues casualidades del destino, en la misma latitud donde perdimos el mástil del President durante la pasada edición, probablemente a escasas millas por dónde pasábamos esta mañana, la veleta de viento se ha ido a la porra. Casualidades de la vida, una vez es la veleta y otra el palo entero, veleta incluida. Parece que los duendes de Cabo Verde me echaban de menos, pero finalmente me han comprendido.
Regularity and routine, such as they want it, has kicked in for the leaders of the Barcelona World Race as they race past the latitude of Recife, Brazil. Leaders Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes were 260 miles east of the NE corner of Brazil and closest challengers Neutrogena, Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz are now about 80 miles further inshore. There is still very little to separate the two IMOCA 60’s in what is essentially a boat speed race, straight line, on a close reach in the SE’ly trade winds, scrolling parallel lines down the South Atlantic chart.
Four weeks after the Barcelona World Race started on a warm, sunny afternoon off the Catalan capital, just hours before 2014 became 2015, and the fleet is now well spread over very nearly 3000 miles of ocean. Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam on Cheminées Poujoulat are pushing on well in the relatively moderate conditions of the South Indian Ocean, teasing their margin out today beyond 200 miles once again, ahead of Neutrogena, Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz.