The Barcelona World Routes Race: the thrill of sailing an IMOCA

Barcelona World Race

The aviation forum held in Barcelona took to the water in a mini Barcelona World Race opposite the city. Gerard Marín and Didac Costa were on board, and Alex Thomson handed out the prizes, and described his Barcelona World Race and Vendée Globe experiences to the audience

The World Routes 2017, a leading global aviation conference, took place in Barcelona between the 23rd and 26th of September. The FNOB joined forces with the Port of Barcelona to host a fun activity for the forum delegates with a ‘Mini Barcelona World Race’ which saw the capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn substituted by three buoys opposite the city.

The regatta was sailed on three IMOCA yachts: Sail One, Mirabaud and One Planet, One Ocean. There were some exceptional skippers on board: on Sail One, César Villegas, Roger Jové and Tim Harrold; on One Planet, One Ocean, Didac Costa and Víctor de Juan; and on Mirabaud, Gerard Marín and Sergi Tena. The guests taking part got the chance to drive the boat and help with manoeuvres such as hoisting sails and tacking. As well as the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of sailing, they could also join the press team or Race Directors.

The guests who did not join the IMOCA crews were able to enjoy the show from on board the Orsom catamaran with commentary and explanations from Olympic medallist Natalia Vía-Dufresne. Racing could also be followed live online at the FNOB website.  

Alex Thomson handed out the prizes. The British skipper was in Barcelona with Hugo Boss to promote his recently-announced participation in the fourth edition of the Barcelona World Race. The transoceanic skipper was joined by Gerard Marín and Didac Costa, his old Barcelona World Race friends as they chatted about their experiences in the double-handed round the world challenge. Alex spoke about his most recent Vendée Globe, which Didac Costa also took part in, which the British skipper finished in spectacular second place.