Valuable training off Galicia sets up GAES Centros Auditivos and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton for the Barcelona World Race
Fresh back from a very valuable extended period of training in the Atlantic off Galicia on the exposed NW corner the Barcelona based IMOCA 60s GAES Centros Auditivos (Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín) and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton (Aleix Gelabert and Didac Costa) have just arrived back in their home port.
The intensive one month period encompassed everything from short speed drills and practice manoevres to extended offshores as well as a 2200 miles of race-mode passages from Barcelona to Galicia and back. The full spectrum of weather conditions were encountered.
Buoyed by the obvious returns that the training has delivered, the two pairs of skippers are full of confidence as they look forwards to making the Barcelona World Race start on January 31st.
The combined initiative has been to the good of both teams, sailing many miles together and against each other tuning and testing different sail combinations and refining on-board hardware and systems.
"The training in Galicia has enabled us to share logistics and knowledge but also to benefit from competive training and tuning up against each other. The knowledge and learning is shared so we are all the better for it" says Jordi Griso, the sports coordinator of GAES Centros Auditivos and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton.
He concludes: "The debrief after the training in Sanxenxo is even ahead of our hopes and expectations. It is the ideal place for preparing an ocean race because of the varied conditions both in the estuary and the on the open Atlantic Ocean, for the infrasctructure and the support offered by Pedro Campos, the Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo and the city. We are all very grateful for their support and interest."
GAES Centros Auditivos' Marin reports: "Between the trip to and from Galicia and the sessions in the estuary and on the open sea we have accumulated many miles ahead of the Barcelona World Race".
"It has been a busy month with many hours in the water" adds co-skipper Anna Corbella.
"Next week we get GAES Centros Auditivos out of the water for a final refit before the start. We are not quite ready but we are satisfied with the work done so far."
Aleix Gelabert, from One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton, voices his satisfaction: "We have made great progress in the preparation of the boat. During the trip back to Barcelona we have been able to test the new sails and hydrogenerator."
On the passage back to Barcelona the two teams have sailed in conditions which would be found in the Southern Ocean.
Didac Costa recalls: "In the Alboran Sea, we had winds of 25-40 knots, which we used to test the sailing configurations and maneuvers. The boat has behaved well."
The duo from One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton have gained valuable conclusions, as their blog from the return passage highlights:
"The sea is still growing. We hit a wave, we do what is called a 'submarine'. The boat stops abruptly, a second later we caught the wave that comes from the stern and floods the entire cockpit, the door was open and water gets inside. New lesson. We must protect the companionway (door space to down below) in these conditions (but closing the door means communcation with inside is lost and so we are thinking more of a hard plastic)."
Back in their home city the two duos are pleased to be sleeping once again in their own beds at night but there is little opportunity to rest as the time counts down until the race start.