Jen Edney takes you to the World… Check her site while you’re at it!
I’m excited to be here reporting for the Barcelona World Race. The race village is bustling with excitement as more people come by each day leading up to the start of the race. Energy, excitement, anticipation and anxiety are in the air as the teams make their final preparations to sail around the world. The lineup of sailors showcases incredible talent with a variety of experience and personalities amongst the teams. From the sailing heavy weights and most experienced, Swiss Bernard Stamm and Frenchman Jean Le Cam of Cheminees Poujoulat to the Barcelona brothers Bruno and Willy Garcia of We Are Water, the last to sign up for the race.
Spaniards Anna Corbella and Gerard Marin on GAES Centros Auditivos are one of the youngest crews, however this is not their first BWR entry and they have sailed many miles together. Anna says the only difference between her and the rest of the sailors is that she has to use the bucket more. As the only female she would like to use her experience to inspire young women. More to come on Anna and how she plans to do that over the next few days.
The crews are done with training and are in full on preparation mode, finishing the check list…or at least trying to get as much of it done as they can. Today joined German skipper Jorg Riechers and Seb (Sebastien) Audigane Renault Captur as they checked some issues with their mast and rigging with their shore crew.
I’m looking forward to catching up with all the crews over the next few days: Hugo Boss (Alex Thomson and Pepe Ribes ) Neutrogena (Guillermo Altadill and Chile’s Jose Munoz) One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmation (Spaniards Didac Costa and Aleix Gelabert) Spirit of Hungary (Nandor Fa and Conrad Colman)