RECORD NEW YORK - NEW YORK BARCELONA - BARCELONA Transoceanic Sailing Record 12 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes, 48 ​​seconds



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The New York City-Barcelona transoceanic world record in sailing was first set in April 2010.  This competition, which is promoted by the Fundación Navegación Oceánica Barcelona (FNOB, the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing) and operates in partnership with the New York City Sports Commission, the New York Yacht Club and the Real Club Náutico Barcelona, was carried out by two twin IMOCA Open 60 sailboats, the Estrella Damm and the W Hotels-Nova Bocana. The record was set by the Estrella Damm in 12 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes and 48 seconds, with Alex Pella, Pepe Ribes and Stan Schreyer as its crew. Pachi Rivero, Toño Piris and Peter B. Becker’s W Hotels took 12 days, 15 hours, 23 minutes and 50 seconds.

 

The objective of the crossing was to, on the one hand, set a world record in ocean sailing between the two cities and to strengthen ties between New York and Barcelona through sociocultural, educational and sports activity programmes. 

 

Prior to the departure of the boats, the South Street Seaport Museum hosted an exhibition by the Olympic photographer Avelino Pi, on the topic of Spanish ocean sailing, which was produced by the FNOB, in partnership with the Fundació Barcelona Olímpica. The reproduction of the sculpture Miraestels, by Robert Llimós, was the trophy that was handed to the winning team, Estrella Damm, an exhibition on the New York-Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record being held in the World Financial District in New York as a complement to the cultural programme organised around the event. 

 

The New York–Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record also included an extensive Educational Programme, the goal of which was to disseminate the culture of the sea, which involved the participation of primary and secondary school students from both Barcelona and Nueva York. The programme consisted of classroom activities, following the record on the web, videoconferences with the crew, online exchanges between students from both cities and meetings with the skippers.

 

The awards ceremony took place at the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Barcelona, on the 4th of May 2010. His Royal Highness Don Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias and Girona, delivered the trophy bearing their names and certifying them as current holders of the record to Alex Pella, Pepe Ribes and Stan Schreyer. 

 

The 2010 edition of the New York- Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record was ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC), the body of the ISAF in charge of regulating sailing speed records worldwide.

 

INTERESTING FACTS 

New York -Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record: 1st edition April 2010.

Departure date: Thursday 8 April 2010 at 20 hours, 33 minutes, 18 seconds, Spanish time.

Departure point: Ambrose Light, Nueva York.

Arrival: 20 April 2010

Participants: Estrella Damm and W Hotels - Nova Bocana 

Theoretical route: 3,670 nautical miles (6,800 Km.).

Average speed:  12.51 knots

Winning team: Estrella Damm in 12 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes and 48 seconds.

Crew: Alex Pella, Pepe Ribes and Stan Schreyer. 

Record ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC).

Organised by: FNOB, in partnership with the New York City Sports Commission.

With the backing of: The New York Yacht Club and Real Club Náutico Barcelona.

 

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