First edition of the Barcelona World Race (2007-2008)

By Tecnotalasa

The Barcelona World Race is organised by the FundaciÛ NavegaciÛ Oce‡nica Barcelona, Itís the first only two crew, non-stop around the world regatta. This is a non-stop regatta with some outside assistance permitted, although subject to rules and penalties. The competition is listed on the IMOCA calendar with a rating of 8.

The course is from Barcelona to Barcelona (25.000 nautical miles, 46.300 km.) via three capes -Good Hope (South Africa), Leeuwin (Australia) and Horn (Chile)-, Cook Strait (New Zealand), putting Antarctica to starboard.

In 2007, for the first edition of the Barcelona World Race (BWR), Tecnotalasa contact with the world of IMOCA Open 60. We giving support to three participating vessels: the IMOCA Open 60 Mutua MadrileÒa (fourth place), the IMOCA Open 60 Estrella Damm and the IMOCA Open 60 Hugo Boss (second place).

The boats IMOCA Open 60

The monohull to 60 feet (18,28 metres) are among the fastest modern racing monohulls. Built using composite materials, they are designed to be as light as possible (speed gains) while at the same time being solid enough to withstand the worst conditions you can find when racing on the open seas.
The IMOCA Open 60, is part of an ëopení class, the designers enjoy a level of freedom when designing, as long as the boats fit within the measurements of 60 feet (18.29 metres) in length, 4.5 metres of draught and a mast that must be no higher than 28 metres above the water. The safety requirements imposed by the Class on sailors and designers have contributed a lot to the success of the boat. Since 2000, in order to be able to line up at the start of a race, boats must prove their ability to right themselves without any external assistance and prove they are watertight inside and are extremely buoyant when they capsize or suffer ingress of water.

From ECOVER to IMOCA Open 60 Mutua Madrileña

This design by Owen Clarke, it built in the shipyard Southern Yachts (New Zealand) and was launched in May 2003. As Ecover 2, led by Mike Golding was the winner of the race The Transat 2004 and finished third in the Vendee Globe 2005.
At 2007, with the co-skippers Javier SansÛ ìBubiî and Pachi Rivero, the sailboat competed as Mutua MadrileÒa. In the Rolex Fastnet Race 2007 was sixth, in the prologue regatta to BWR it finished fifth. In the first edition of the Barcelona World Race, Javier SansÛ ñBubi- and Pachi Rivero achieve around the world race and crossed finish line fourth.

Specifications

Architect: Owen & Clarke
Builder: Southern Yachts, New Zealand.
Launch: May 2003
Length: 60f / 18,28 m
Beam: 5,7 m
Draught: 4,5 m
Displacement: 9.000 kg
Centreboards: 2 asymmetric
Keelblade material: steel
Bulb material: Lead
Mast height: 25,80m
Rigging: rotating mast with articulated spreaders and one single diamond.
Total sail area close-hauled: 300 m2
Total sail downwind: 525 m2
Number of sails on-board: 10
Rudder: Wheel
Rudder blades: Kick-up
Autopilots on-board: 5
On-board energy source: solar power and a generator.

IMOCA Open 60 Estrella Damm

The IMOCA Open 60 Estrella Damm designed by Farr Yachts Design was built in Cowes (Wight Island). The monohull was a twin the IMOCA Open 60 PRB to Vincent Riou and the IMOCA Open 60 Delta Dore to Jeremie Beyou, also competed in The Barcelona World Race. It took eight months to complete construction of the vessel and he was launched in June 2007. In his participation in the BWR first edition led by Guillermo Altadill and Jonathan McKee was the newest IMOCA Open 60 fleet.

The ship components came from several countries: the mast and boom on Marstrom (Sweden), the keel bulb made of EEUU, the winches are from Italy (Harken) and the sails are from France and the UK (North Sails).
The IMOCA Open 60 Estrella Damm was the first official abandonment of the Barcelona World Race, because of an average of the rudder.