El One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton de los co-skippers catalanes Aleix Gelabert y Didac Costa ha logrado el cuarto puesto de la Barcelona World Race 2014-2015 al cruzar la línea de llegada frente al Hotel W de la Ciudad Condal a las 23:12 y 9 segundos hora local.
I was on the nav station when suddenly I heard Aleix talking to himself. After getting up I saw that he was actually talking with a little bird who has been visiting us regularly for some days. When we get close to him, he usually flies away afraid, and some hours later, we find him again resting on deck, or even inside the cabin.
Aleix Gelabert (One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton):
Today we had enough to stop the boat to remove the weed which had become attached to the rudders… That's why we made a device with a batten from the main sail, a wire, a piece of hose and duct tape ... With this we created a hook that allows us to reach the rudders without swimming (yesterday we swam and the water was great, but we can not stop very much...) Still, every time we have to heave to, head to the wind, to stop, until we remove it... And I’ve done that a few times today…
"Hi, We hold on to our approach to cape Horn. The last few hours we have gone more North than We Are Water looking for a better conditions for the next 24 hours, to try to gain some miles. Shortly we will know the outcome, anyway we will have tried! The last two days have been exhausting as every 3-4 hours we were caught in a downpour that meant we had to make many sail changes of reef.
We keep sailing across the Pacific Ocean and now there are 3.500 miles of seemingly endless sea between us and Cape Horn. We are moving at a good rhythm again and the boat makes us feel very confident when we are going fast in good conditions.
After crossing Cape Leeuwin’s longitude, our next objective is leaving the Indian Ocean behind to get into the Pacific. Despite some calm zones that no one expects in the Southern oceans, sailing has been, until now, quite spectacular and with good winds.
“Ya hemos dejado atrás las condiciones de ceñida y volvemos a avanzar rápido en dirección Este. Los últimos días tuvimos que acercarnos a la zona de exclusión esperando que antes de llegar el viento cambiara en la dirección favorable. Finalmente, a 10 millas, las previsiones se cumplieron y desde entonces navegamos en paralelo al límite de la línea.
"Since we have entered the Indian Ocean we have sailed two days with sunny skies and wind from the West, a night without wind, and today – which we have to go upwind. Very cloudy and rain. The boat smashes against every wave coming towards us and water sweeps the deck. It is not very comfortable, although we don’t need to trim the sails a lot. Now we can’t surf the waves as before, instead the waves are surging towards us, then passing over us.