Barcelona World Race - runners and riders


We assess the 14 teams due to set sail on tomorrow's non-stop round the world race
The second Barcelona World Race sets sail tomorrow at 1300 for the 14 IMOCA 60s taking part. 15 were originally entered, but the Polish entry Fruit (the former PRB/Roxy) was forced to pull out at the last moment. Like the Vendée Globe, the Barcelona World Race course is a non-stop lap of the planet, but unlike the IMOCA class’ premier event, it is doublehanded and has the start and finish off Barcelona making for a potentially more tricky opening and final 600 miles, out of and back into the Mediterranean. The route, as was the case when the race was last held in 2007-8, also requires the boats to pass through Cook Strait between New Zealand’s north and south islands. Similar to other round the world races, the route features safety gates. The seven of these are primarily to keep boats north, to reduce the risk of encountering icebergs, however for this race two to the south of Australia have been added to prevent the boats erring below 46°S, which would otherwise be too far from the Australian rescue services. This follows their rescue of stricken skipper Yann Eliès during the last Vendee Globe. Stopovers during the race are permitted and prior to reaching 140°E (ie to the west of Tasmania) they carry no penalty. Beyond this, any stopover will require a boat to remain in port for at least 48 hours. As was the case last time, the route will be divided up into legs and for each of these there will be a trophy for the fastest boat. These are as follows: North-South Mediterranean Trophy: Barcelona - Gibraltar North-South Atlantic Trophy: Gibraltar – Cape of Good Hope Indian Ocean Trophy: Cape of Good Hope – Cook Strait. Pacific Trophy: Cook Strait – Cape Horn South-North Atlantic Trophy: Cape Horn – Gibraltar South-North Mediterranean Trophy: Gibraltar - Barcelona The approximate

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