With less than a week to go to the start of the Barcelona World Race (11 November), the atmosphere amongst the Estrella Damm Sailing Team is changing. There is a blanket of clam overlaying an air of tension as the final preparations are made to the IMOCA Open 60. Work continues and while the shore crew continue to press on in good humour, there is less talk and the banter has dropped to a quiet mumble as all become aware that in under a week the boat and her two skippers Guillermo Altadill and Jonathan McKee will disappear over the horizon, tackling the 25,000-mile non-stop round the world race. (more…)
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With two boats already in Barcelona and six teams currently heading towards the Catalan capital, the Barcelona World Race is definitely now in ‘active’ mode. One month away from the start, a closer look at the entrants reveals an impressive list of achievements, which in themselves give a precise idea of the level of competition involved in this event.
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With 27 IMOCA 60′s racing across the Atlantic in the Jacques Vabre, the transatlantic BtoB return race, or around the world this winter in the Barcelona World Race, and the Vendée Globe just one year away, the IMOCA Class Association has never been so strongly represented in terms of numbers, quality, nationalities and boat sponsors. In the recent years IMOCA has attracted a great amount of new companies – of very different profiles and sizes- willing to share some of the great successes of the IMOCA ocean racing world championship. The IMOCA 60 fleet today is clearly the largest that has ever existed in professional ocean racing.
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