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Barcelona World Race BWR#1

December 26, 2010

Caffari and Corbella will co-skipper GAES CENTROS AUDITIVOS+

The big one kicks off next weekend. Undoubtably the sailing event of the year, the Barcelona World Race departs on New Year’s Eve. This is a co-skippered race, two handed and very fast. The course is approximately 25,000 nautical miles (46,300 km) along the Great Circle line, the shortest route traced on a map across the world.

The course is from Barcelona to Barcelona via three capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn, Cook Strait, putting Antarctica to starboard.

So that’s Antartica to starboard then, after the Cook Strait, no worries then!

The start will be given on 31st of December 2010 at 13:00 (local time GMT+1) opposite Hotel W in the Port of Barcelona. The arrival of the leading entries is forecast for the end of March 2011.

British interest lies with Thompson/Meiklejohn on Hugo Boss and Caffari/Corbella on Gaes Centros Auditivos +. Both yachts and crew have been round several times.

Who are favourites to win based on form and experience? Well, I’m going to stick my neck out and predict the podium will be drawn from one of three teams if they complete the course. In no particular order Hugo Boss, Foncia, Vibrac-Piprac 3.

The pairing of Loick Peyron and Jean-Pierre Dick aboard Vibrac-Pibrac 3 looks particularly strong whilst The Professor, Michel Desjoyeaux who has already won the Vendee twice must also be in contention. He is co-skippered by Francois Gabart on Foncia. Both teams turn up with a brand new boats which can have mixed blessings.

Take a look at this short video about the construction and preparation of Foncia…Desjoyeaux is a boat builder and is clearly very involved.

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