Barcelona World Race fleet down to 14
Having received communication that the Polish yacht Fruit has no valid, up-to-date IMOCA measurement certificate, and having now missed by four days the 17 December deadline by which all IMOCA Open 60s entered were required to be in Barcelona, the organisers of the Barcelona World Race have decided that they have no other option but to communicate to the Fruit team that they will not be allowed to start the race.
“It is very hard to come to a decision like this, but we cannot compromise at all on fundamental issues concerning safety," said Andor Serra, Director General of the Fundació Navegació Oceánica Barcelona. “We have every admiration for all of the efforts that the team have put in, and this is a really tough call to have to ask the team to halt their efforts to compete in the Barcelona World Race.”
The IMOCA Class has confirmed that Fruit does not comply with the current measurement rules of the IMOCA class and so no measurement certificate can be issued. No further testing is scheduled for the yacht. Fruit is the former PRB, two time winner of the Vendee Globe and most recently sailed to fourth place in the solo non-stop round the world race by Sam Davies as Roxy in the 2008-9 event.
The class emphasis that it is the skipper’s responsibility to make his boat comply with the IMOCA rule and currently the yacht does not meet the necessary requirements. At present Fruit’s engine does not satisfy the IMOCA Open 60 class' latest rules regarding minimum power.With a less powerful engine security and safety is not guaranteed.
Security checks continue
Meanwhile the majority of the Barcelona World Race fleet have completed or are very close to completing their safety and security scrutineering at the Moll Barcelona World Race.
Two teams have had to buy replacements liferafts to comply with the up to date rules, but for most with remaining issues to be resolved concern supplying the correct paperwork. All must be fully compliant by the end of 23 December.