Notice of race published

Gates are to be added to next year's Barcelona World Race course

Thursday September 14th 2006, Author: OC Events, Location: United Kingdom
Today, the organisers of the Barcelona World Race, OC Events and the FNO, have published the first edition of the official Notice of Race for the new double-handed, non-stop Barcelona World Race starting on 11 November 2007.

The purpose of the Barcelona World Race Notice of Race is to outline the organisational and commercial parameters for the competitors and defines the principles on which the race is organised.

As one of the official events of the IMOCA calendar, the organisers of the Barcelona World Race have made every effort to ensure that a significant support structure is in place to secure ease of logistical planning, a cost-effective communications platform and a ‘minimum rules, maximum exposure’ media programme.

Principle of Race

The principle of the Barcelona World Race was established at the launch in October 2005 and is re-iterated as one of the foundations of the Notice of Race: The Vendée Globe is the most significant professional race in solo ocean racing. The Volvo Ocean Race is the most significant race in professional fully crewed ocean racing. The Barcelona World Race aims to bridge the gape between the two - creating a third pinnacle to sit alongside these two great races. The adventure pioneering spirit of solo sailors together with the relentlessly high level of competition in fully crewed racing – the best and most challenging aspects of both worlds.

Organisation

The organisational structure of the race includes OC Events who are managing the race on behalf of the Fundacio per Navegacio Oceania (FNO), a Catalan foundation which groups together the four key events-related parties in Barcelona city - the Barcelona City Council, the Barcelona Port Authority, the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and Fira de Barcelona (who organise 80 trade fairs a year including the Barcelona Boat Show for a total of 30,000+ exhibitors and 3.5m+ visitors a year).

FNO is the official Organising Authority, and FNO has delegated the operational running of the events to OC Events. The Barcelona Boat Show is staged every November and the participants in the Barcelona World Race will be berthed at the 2007 Barcelona Boat Show and will give visitors to the show a unique visual display of these ‘ocean-going greyhounds’.

The Course

The Barcelona World Race course will be the classic non-stop east-about (with the prevailing winds) round the world route with a start and finish at Barcelona – i.e. from Barcelona sail around the world via the Southern Ocean and the three Capes (passing Cape of Good Hope first, then Cape Leuwin and then Cape Horn) and return to Barcelona.

The course shall include Race Gates for communication, media and sporting reasons and shall be positioned with the intention of not forcing competitors to make any significant deviation from the classic route. A points system will be in place for the fastest times between the gates but this will not affect the overall classification: ie first boat home wins.

The race gates will also create a Tour de France ‘green jersey’ style competition, giving teams extra incentive on each stage. It is proposed that a total of eight race gates will be marked on the course - Gibraltar, Canary Islands, Fernando de Noronha (Brazil), Cape of Good Hope (South Africa), Stewart Island (New Zealand), Cape Horn (Chile) and, again, Fernando de Noronha and Gibraltar on the way back up the Atlantic. OC Events shall use historical race data to make final decisions on the exact location of these gates and these will be defined in the Sailing Instructions.

Commercial Principles

Every effort has been made to ensure that this race is an inexpensive yet powerful platform for competitors and their race campaigns. To this end, entrants will receive a package of products, services and benefits including:
- A media technology consulting service provided by OC Technology to ensure the efficient communication of media content from the boats.
- Provision of subsidised satellite airtime specifically used for the transmission of video and still images.
- Assistance in recovery of a damaged vessel in the region south of the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn by capping the maximum cost of returning an Open 60 via cargo ship - this is particularly important for teams entering the 2008 Vendée Globe, to know that their boat can be recovered and delivered back to its home base quickly and within a set budget.
- The entry fee of 20,000 Euros will be refunded to all successful campaigns.

Media Principles

It is one of the organisers key objectives to facilitate the teams to ensure maximum coverage, with the minimum number of rules ie limit exclusive media deals, and encourage teams to secure as much media coverage as possible in their own markets supported by the media team of the race. The nationalities of the skippers will be used as a major communication angle to maximise international media coverage for the race. Anticipated entries will provide a reach into Europe, the USA and Canada, Australia, New Zealand and possibly Asia.

Race Qualification / Vendée Globe Qualification

There is an automatic qualification process for a skipper/boat combination having competed in a pre-determined IMOCA recognised ocean race, such as, the Velux 5 Oceans 2006/07, Route du Rhum 2006, Transat Jacques Vabre 2005 or the Vendée Globe 2004. Other competitors not able to qualify via this process, will sail a 2,800 nautical mile qualifying passage. The Barcelona World Race is also one of the possible race options for the qualification process for the 2008/09 Vendée Globe.

Prologue

The 2007 Rolex Fastnet Race, already part of the IMOCA racing calendar for the 2007, will act as the official prologue to the race. The 630-mile Fastnet Race (starting Sunday, 5 August 2007) from Cowes, Isle of Wight to Plymouth via Fastnet Rock will see all the confirmed entries in the Barcelona World Race competing in this classic event and for the majority of entries participation in the Fastnet will preclude any additional qualification passage.

Download the official Notice of Race via the following links:

http://www.barcelonaworldrace.com/en/?s=nor (English)
http://www.barcelonaworldrace.com/fr/?s=nor (French)

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