The countdown to the Barcelona World Race 2014/15 now stands at under a month. The double-handed, round the world regatta with no stops will set off from the Catalan capital on the 31st of December at 13:00 (GMT+1).
La Dona of Mil·leni of Fura dels Baus is ready to signify the start of the Barcelona World Race. This iconic sculpture by the Catalan theater group has been installed in the Plaça del Mar, a viewpoint to watch the fleet of the doublehanded round-the-world race depart this Wednesday, December 31, at 1300pm in front of the Hotel W. The show at the sea will be accompanied by a ceremony by Fura dels Baus on shore.
OVERVIEW: A cold weather pattern across most of south-central and southwest Europe is forecast to persist for the next few days. There are some very strong winds just offshore as the pattern develops and the cold air mass establishes. The cold will peak by mid-week, but winds will start to ease back later today and then trend much lighter by Wednesday at the start.
Strong winds just offshore of Barcelona have peaked and will start to ease today through tomorrow. NW winds along the Spanish coast will develop a diurnal cycle, with moderate to locally fresh breezes overnight and in the morning generally trending lighter in the afternoon/evening. Winds and seas will generally be trending lighter over the race route south of Barcelona and along the Spanish coast.
A perfect sunny Tuesday afternoon allowed the sixteen skippers who will start the 22,500 miles two handed Barcelona World Race to fully enjoy their final hours on dry land before taking Wednesday’s 1300hrs (CET midday UTC) start.
Very light conditions are expected on the start line. Some puffs of lingering NWíly, mixed with a new, light and patchy S/SWíly filling up the coast through the afternoon 4-8 knots. Eventually the SWíly will fill off Barcelona 5-9 knots.
As if to underline their billing as pre-race favourites to win, Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes on Hugo Boss led the eight-strong fleet of IMOCA 60s off the start line of the third edition of the Barcelona World Race, two handed race around the world. The British-Spanish duo made the best of the very light winds, setting up with speed at the gun, to eke out a small lead to the turning mark, 1.5 miles away from the line.
“So now we have gone. The start was not much fun, but after rounding the North Boy in very light winds we finally got going not too badly. Those two cunning guys Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam have slipped away, but not too far...
Going into the first night of the Barcelona World Race – and the Eve of 2015 – it is Jean Le Cam and Bernard Stamm on ‘Cheminées Poujoulat’ who hold the opening day’s advantage, leading the fleet past the Spanish city of Tarragona.