The Chilean sailor José Muñoz is preparing to take part in the Barcelona World Race. After the 2009 Global Ocean Race this will be his second two-handed around the world race, but this time it will be non-stop. With his late friend and co-skipper Felipe Cubillos, together they were the first Chileans to sail around the world. His Barcelona World Race represents his next big personal challenge. His ambition is to do his deceased friend proud, and provide a fitting tribute. Cubillos died in an aeroplane accident in 2010.
On the 1900hrs ranking this Saturday night, the first of the Barcelona World Race it is time to settle down into ocean racing routine. The Mediterranean is done and dusted, a record in the bag for Hugo Boss, and the top three are in good shape, all within three miles of one another.
Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz on Neutrogena passed the longitude of Australia's Cape Leeuwin this Saturday morning at 0500hrs UTC. That puts the Spanish-Chilean duo about 13.5 hours behind the leaders on Cheminées Poujoulat, Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam. Considering they were 11.5 hour behind at Cape of Good Hope there is really little change in the deltad considering the miles they have sailed in the South Indian Ocean.
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We could very well be on the Truman Show, the Jim Carrey movie where he lives in an artificial community under a plastic bubble that he doesn’t know isn’t real. We currently have almost zero visibility as the wind has turned to the north, bringing relatively warm moist air rushing over the cooler ocean, that has created a thick fog that we have been swimming in for two days
La flota de la Barcelona World Race se prepara para un fin de semana cargado de acontecimientos. El líder de la regata, el Cheminées Poujoulat, sigue navegando de ceñida en su escalada hacia el norte al tiempo que supera la latitud de cabo Verde, a más de 350 millas al oeste del archipiélago. Por su parte, el Neutrogena continúa registrando buenos números, siendo el barco más rápido de las últimas 24 horas. Este fin de semana Altadill y Muñoz superarán el ecuador con, previsiblemente, un día de ventaja sobre el GAES Centros Auditivos. Además, el Spirit of Hungary entra en la recta final hacia cabo de Hornos.
Guillermo Altadill has proven himself an exceptional writer and comunciator. Proof of this, his emails: with such detailed descriptions that bring you into their world, the Big South and the winds and waves, as well as the numbers and the angles. His remarks by videoconference were also always complete, explanatory and illustrative, as were those of José Muñoz. Unfortunately back on March 5 an accidental gybe damaged the antenna system and since then, to the finish, communications have been limited. These are their best quotes just before starting the third edition of the Barcelona World Race and during the race.
Sunday was supposed to be the last night at sea for Guillermo Altadill and José Munoz but the Neutrogena duo who are destined to finish in second are stuck in light winds within the last 30 miles of Barcelona. Altadill and Munoz are now expected around 2300hrs UTC/O100hrs local time Barcelona