The Barcelona World Race is about to begin and yesterday we went to Port Vell to examine the competitors. On New Year´s Eve 15 boats, each manned with just two people, will embarque on a 3 month adventure, without stopping....
Seamen going around the world.
The course is from Barcelona to Barcelona via three capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn, Cook Strait, putting Antarctica to starboard.
The length of the course is approximately 25,000 nautical miles (46,300 km) along the Great Circle line, the shortest route traced on a map across the world
The start will be given on 31st of December 2010 at 13:00 (local time GMT+1) opposite Hotel W in the Port of Barcelona. The arrival of the leading entries is forecast for the end of March 2011.
What makes two-handed sailing so attractive to the best solo skippers, such as those who compete in the Volvo Ocean Race? There are as many answers as there are sailors. Some consider it a version of solo sailing where you can rest and have the advantage of not feeling completely alone.Others see it as a very different kind of challenge, that of building a team which is not just the sum of two personalities but a multiplication of the crew members’ individual abilities. One could say that two-handed sailing is like fully crewed sailing, except that there are fewer hands to do the work.
my pick to win: Foncia, then President, then Estrella Damm
I picked Hugo Boss to finish last yesterday and just found out today that they may not even race because one of the two sailors has to have an emergency apendectomy.
in other news.... we´ve begun the process with the legal paperwork and made our first visit to the local priest.
Witherspoon joins Shania Twain, Natalie Portman, Lily Allen, Hugh Hefner and LeAnn Rimes in the club of recently engaged stars.