For the skippers of the Barcelona World Race a full and intense Wednesday was spent learning the Medical Course at Barcelona’s Quiron Teknon Hospital. The course was delivered by the centre’s Dr. Bethlehem Gualis who is the Medical Director of the Barcelona World Race.
El botiquín de a bordo es un elemento indispensable para la asistencia médica en alta mar, especialmente en una regata de vuelta al mundo sin asistencia. El que ha diseñado la Dra. Belén Gualis, la directora médica de la regata, es el resultado de la minuciosa observación y valoración de las situaciones en las que puede desencadenarse un problema médico a bordo de un IMOCA 60. La Dra. Gualis lo explica en este vídeo.
Out on the oceans, the doctor is at a distance. Videoconferencing and the Medical Guide form the foundations of telemedicine, a discipline in itself, requiring the use of cutting-edge technology and a strict code of communication. In this video, Dr Belén Gualis, the medical director of the regatta, simulates a long-distance medical consultation with Dídac Costa, skipper on One Planet, One Ocean, Pharmaton.
The physical requirements to complete a round the world regatta such as the Barcelona World Race are exceptional. That's why the medical check-ups prior to the start of the race include an exercise test. In this video you can find out how Aleix Gelabert got on with his at the Hospital Quirón Teknon.
Position: 50 Degrees 05 South 152 Degrees 13 East (In between Tasmania and the South of the South Island of New Zealand)
“Been in the wars a bit have you, mate?” My Mum would say, dabbing ointment onto a newly grazed knee or scuffed elbow. Well, we’ve been in the wars a bit lately too, only we needed a little bit more than ointment to patch us up.
As Cheminées Poujoulat climbed north out of the latitudes of the Roaring 40s and into the east side of the South Atlantic high pressure system, Barcelona World Race leaders Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam are into relatively stable, quick downwind conditions which will allow them to make good miles north to connect with the trade winds.
It might sound a bit strange to you but you get used to the boat pitching and bouncing. Maybe that’s why today one of those big ones, surprised me this morning throwing me inot the wair and landing upside down on my leg.