The IMOCA Open 60 is a yacht which is designed with sailing with favourable winds in mind. Choosing the right sail combination can save the crew work and headaches. Most of all because with this type of sailing, the autopilot is shorter on reliability.
The chance to see what an oceanographic research ship looks like inside and to find out what everyday life is like on board during an expedition to the Antarctic. That's what's on offer this weekend on board the legendary scientific schooner Tara, which will be moored at the city's Moll de la Fusta from tomorrow (Friday) until Sunday. The ship will be open to the public in collaboration with Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB) and as part of the run-up to the II International Ocean Research Conference in November. The visit, which is free and takes place in the afternoon (3pm to 7pm), will also tell visitors more about the current state of the world's oceans and the need to protect them.
The 2014 Barcelona-Calella Special Olympic flame has reached the Catalan capital aboard the Barcelona World Race training yacht. The Olympic flame was welcomed by the Secretary General for Sport of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Ivan Tibau, the President of the Diputació de Barcelona, Salvador Esteve, and the Manager of the Port 2000 urban management company for the Port of Barcelona, Adolf Romagosa, among other figures, at the city's Portal de la Pau, overlooked by the famous statue of Christopher Columbus.
The company Sundisa, in charge of the branding of the IMOCA 60 Mirabaud, has been awarded with the silver Spanish Letra Marca digital award for outstanding graphic and communication work in the field of outdoor publicity.
Without doubt Nandor Fa is an enigma when it comes to sheer fight and determination, but the 61 years old Hungarian skipper is totally unique in the world of IMOCA 60 racing in having designed his boat himself, and built a lot of it. He is a self taught designer, although he spent time in the 1980’s in the design office in Australia of Ben Lexcen not long after his successful wing keeled 12 Metre Australia II had won the America’s Cup. Yacht design, he asserts, is his hobby, his way of relaxing from the pressures of his business (designing and installing marinas). As well as the three 60 footers he has designed he has a number of smaller yacht designs in his native Hungary.
Two hundred and sixty miles to the equator and there is a slow down in the air. Nothing very much just now but speeds among the top trio have definitely dropped slightly.
This Saturday evening Hugo Boss are 21 miles in front of Neutrogena who are ranked fourth on the standings. Cheminées Poujoulat are quickest and out to the east Renault Captur, Jorg Riechers and Sebastien Audigane, are slower at 12.3kts. They are still 185 miles east of the Hugo Boss’ track. And in eighth Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman on Spirit of Hungary are stepping out west tonight, having just gybed to take another hitch west. Unfortunately for them their rivals are all heading south and that means they are losing miles to them even if they are sailing as fast. 24 hours ago they were 147 miles behind We Are Water, now it is more like 170.
Since the Volvo Ocean Race started in October the daily routine in the Farr Yacht Design office changed with everyone pouring over 3 hourly scheds to check the progress of the Volvo Ocean Race. Even the slightest slow down or unexpected maneuver has our team looking at news feeds and watching for text messages and emails while hoping it is just a cloud or an obstruction or a tactical decision and not some major damage or crew injury. Most the time these blips have been minor issues with the exception of the Team Vestas Wind grounding, which within hours was about as serious as it gets.