Nandor Fa and Marcell Goszleth are the first Hungarian duo to take part in this renowned double handed non-stop sprint around the world. The Barcelona World Race will be the very first real race for Spirit of Hungary, which has been designed and partly built by Nandor Fa himself. The 61-years old skipper returns to ocean racing after a 17 years hiatus enjoying family life and building his business in marina construction
He had planned to sail in the upcoming 2014/15 Barcelona World Race - the two handed race around the world - alongside friend and co-skipper Nandor Fa, but Hungarian sailor Marcell Goszleth has taken a brave but pragmatic decision to step aside. Nandor Fa will now sail with French-based New Zealander Conrad Colman, the winner of the 2011-12 Global Ocean Race.
They always say that 90 per cent of any ocean race is completed before the start line is passed. For Hungary's indomitable Nandor Fa the battle to get ready for the start of the Barcelona World Race with his new IMOCA 60 Spirit of Hungary makes the very act of racing around the world look straightforward.
Tricky conditions for the team on Spirit of Hungary, as Conrad Colman reports from the boat: "We are now in the axis of the ridge and it's a house of horrors with the wind turning from North to East to South and back again."
“Trabajamos a un ritmo muy alto para preparar el barco, pero ni siquiera tenemos las curvas polares o una tabla de velas, navegamos utilizando nuestra intuición. Antes de la salida probamos el barco dos veces, y ambos tests fueron muy útiles. Estábamos preparados para la salida tanto como podíamos estarlo.
Many of us worked so hard put the boat together, but even so we don’t have polar-curve chart(characteristic speed indicator), nor a sail crossover chart - we are sailing based on our senses and experiences, having been confident at first.
Spirit of Hungary made it into the Atlantic at 1539hrs UTC today Monday but it has been very slow for Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman and they were still struggling sailing directly south towards the Moroccan coast in very light breezes
Lots of thing has happened since my last update, and I had no time to write.
At dawn on the 4th near the Moroccan coast, a little breeze came in from the West. Change of sails, tacking upwind. We managed two very positive tacks which had brought us very close to the South coast of the strait.
Nándor Fa - Spirit of Hungary 8th Jan.“Yesterday the whole day we were running under the A2, with a few almost perfectly carried out gybes. Good wind angle - 155 -, good speed - 13-15 kts in 17-20 kts of wind -, a nice sunny watch. Until the night.
In the evening the wind started to increase, 19-23 kts Northerly — North-Easterly. It was my watch in the dark, we had previously decided with Conrad that we will steer the boat ourselves when needed, at most we will do shorter changes, but we keep the boat going