Please select your home edition
Edition
navathome 728x90

Barcelona World Race - First official entry for 2014-15 edition named

by Barcelona World Race on 20 Dec 2012
GAES Centros Auditivos - Barcelona World Race 2011 Jorge Andreu / Barcelona World Race © http://www.barcelonaworldrace.org
GAES has presented its team for the Barcelona World Race 2014-15. Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín will make up the crew on board GAES Centros Auditivos. This move sees the Barcelona based company renewing its sponsorship commitment to the regatta and also means the first official entry has now signed-up for the third edition of the competition.

Following its involvement in the last edition of the Barcelona World Race with GAES Centros Auditivos with Britain's Dee Caffari and Spain's Anna Corbella at the helm, GAES, a company specialising in hearing centres and apparatus, is making a return to the two-crew, non-stop, round the world challenge. This time the crew will be made up of two Spaniards, Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín, the first crew to sign up for this edition of the regatta.

Many fellow sailors attended the team's press launch at lunchtime yesterday at the GAES headquarters in Barcelona, as did Maite Fandos, President of the FNOB, Javier Vilalonga the Director of the FNOB's Sailing Team and Jan Santana, the Technical Director of the Sailing Team.

Antonio Gassó, CEO and Managing Director of GAES, opened the event by highlighting the significance of the company's bid to participate in the sport of sailing: 'We share values such as endeavour, teamwork, risk management and the desire to overcome adversity with sailing'.

Also at the same event, GAES announced its sponsorship of the Christmas Race in Palamós, Spain. Gassó laid out the company's relationship with the sport and also pointed out that 'these two races [the Christmas Race and the Barcelona World Race] are the eighth and ninth sailing projects that we have been involved in over the past three years'. The GAES CEO recalled regattas such as the Mini-Transat and the Transat AG2R where GAES sponsored Spanish crews including Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín.

'They were great regattas and great experiences', he said. '...as was the last edition of the Barcelona World Race with Dee Caffari and Anna Corbella'.

Antonio Gassó went on to introduce Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín. Both sailors took part in the last edition of the Barcelona World Race. Alongside Dee Caffari, Anna became the first Spanish woman to sail double-handed, non-stop around the world with no external assistance, completing a total of 102 days at sea and finishing in sixth place overall.

Gerard also took part in the regatta with Frenchman Ludovic Aglaor on Fórum Marítim Català, finishing in eighth position after more than 112 days at sea.

Since completing the Barcelona World Race, Gerard Marín and Anna Corbella have been sailing together frequently in the Figaro class. In May the pair finished the Transat AG2R from Concarneau (Brittany, France) to the Caribbean island of Saint Barts in eleventh place, after 22 days of racing.

The Catalan skippers have set themselves the challenge of finishing the regatta in under 100 days. 'We still don't know what boats are going to be on the starting line so there's no point forecasting our finishing position at this stage', says Corbella, who went on to say 'we want to sail around the world in under 100 days. That is our main aim'.

Both skippers agree that they complement each other well.

'I think that Gerard and I make a good team', says Anna. 'He's a lot more fiery than me and has a lot more strength and is an easy person to live with and that makes everything a lot easier'. Gerard backed his fellow skipper up: 'We complement each other perfectly. Anna is much more sensitive in the way she handles the boat and is a great strategist, which is invaluable in an ocean-going regatta'.

The FNOB President, Maite Fandos thanked GAES for their support for the team and underlined the importance of this first official race entry: 'We can now say that the Barcelona World Race countdown has kicked off. Yet again this regatta will project the prestige of the city of Barcelona to an international audience, bringing economic benefits and increased wellbeing to the city and its citizens'.

The FNOB President also highlighted the regatta's commitment to scientific research, which began in the previous edition of the race with the salinity study. This endeavour in the field of scientific research will continue into the next edition of the race with a study of microplastics in the sea. 'The Barcelona World Race is fully engaged with the issue of sustainability with sensors being fitted to all of the boats to measure salinity levels and plastic particles suspended in the water. This means that the regatta is of even more value in scientific terms'.

Finally Fandos made a special mention of the fact that this was a mixed crew: 'Sailing is a sport which eliminates inequalities and offers a prime example of social cohesion'. Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín then handed over their registration documentation for the Barcelona World Race 2014/2015 to Maite Fandos.

GAES' relationship with sailing is not only through the Barcelona World Race with the firm raising their profile further in the sport by sponsoring the Palamós Christmas Race, one of Olympic sailing's most esteemed and popular regattas. This year, the GAES Christmas Race will be the 37th edition and will take place from the 18th to the 23rd of December. Over 200 boats will take part from 22 countries in the Finn, Laser, Laser Radial Men and Women, 470 Men and Women, 420 Men and Women, 29er and 49er classes. Barcelona World Race website







Pacific Sailing School 660x82 1Ensign 660North Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Knowing Harken takes years and years (Pt.II)
We looked at how Grant Pellew became the MD here in Australia, and how they rigorously go about testing their gear In Part One of getting to know Harken, we looked at how Grant Pellew became the MD here in Australia, and how they rigorously go about testing their gear. We also looked at some of the other brands Harken distributes in Australia and so we move on to the last category.
Posted on 25 Sep
Oman Air stay top of Extreme Sailing Series table with podium place
Oman Air stayed top of the overall leaderboard after posting a third place in Act six and shifted focus to the next Act. Oman Air stayed top of the overall leaderboard after posting a third place in Act six in Madeira and immediately shifted their focus to the next Act in Lisbon, Portugal, in two weeks.
Posted on 25 Sep
Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted on 25 Sep
Norauto foils to victory at the GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup
Racing in a light wind Minoprio’s desire to win the leeward position on the start line put Norauto in front in all races Racing in a light westerly Levante wind, Adam Minoprio’s desire to win the leeward position on the start line put Norauto in front in all three races, and he went on to win two of them.
Posted on 25 Sep
Team Tilt finish second at the GC32 La Reserva de Sotogrande Cup
Team Tilt added a second place to scoreboard this weekend at the penultimate event of what has been a successful season The seven crew members on board the 32-foot flying catamaran posted three outright wins from 15 races to finish second overall after Adam Minoprio on Norauto. Team Engie, skippered by Sebastien Rogues finished in third place.
Posted on 25 Sep
Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - Images from Régates Royales
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales with classic yachts and Dragons. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the penultimate day of the regatta.
Posted on 25 Sep
Ginger overpowers MC38 Spring Regatta field
Over seven races Neville Crichton’s Maserati came within five points of the supreme Ginger racing team. Over seven races Neville Crichton’s Maserati came within five points of the supreme Ginger racing team.
Posted on 25 Sep
Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge - More images from Régates Royales
Second gallery from the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge at Cannes The 38th Régates Royales, the final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge is underway at Cannes. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this second gallery of images from the penultimate day.
Posted on 25 Sep
World Sailing - Henderson sets out foundations of his President bid
Paul Henderson is standing for another term as President to get some significant and vital issues facing Sailing address Paul Henderson is standing for another term as President to get some significant and vital issues facing Sailing addressed by sailors with their input both individually and via their International Class Associations. Henderson sets out below what he believes will be the foundations of his next Presidency.
Posted on 25 Sep
World Sailing President nominated by 45 Member National Associations
Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has welcomed nominations from 45 Member National Associations Incumbent World Sailing President, Carlo Croce (ITA) has nominations from 45 Member National Associations [MNAs] for his re-election as the President of Sailing’s International Federation. Nominations for the position of President have been formally published by World Sailing and show widespread support for Croce.
Posted on 25 Sep