The Sailing Tour of Spain, organised by the Spanish Royal Sailing Federation (RFEV) and the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB), took place between 12 and 31 June 2010 .
The Sailing Tour of Spain, which is held in six stages, called at the ports of Hondarribia, Santander, Gijón, Sanxenxo, Calpe, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona, cutting through the waters of the Cantabrian Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean for three weeks. Unlike in previous Tours of Spain, on this occasion, the regatta was held with IMOCA Open 60 boats and five crew on-board each craft. A total of eight sailboats finished in the general classification:
Position, Boat, Sponsors, Nationality ,Total Points (Stage 1, Stage 2, Finisterre, Stage 3, Gibraltar, Stage 4, Stage 5, Palamós, Stage 6)
1º Safran, Marc Guillemot, FRA, 11.5
2º PRB, Vincent Riou, FRA, 18.5
3º Estrella Damm, P.Ribes/ A.Pella, ESP, 32
4º W Hotels-Nova Bocana, P.Rivero/ A.Piris, ESP, 32
5º Movistar, I.Martínez/ X.Fernández, ESP, 35.5
6º GAES Centros Auditivos, D.Caffari/ A.Corbella, GBR/ESP, 49
7º Central Lechera Asturiana, J.Merediz/ F.Palacio, ESP, 59.5
8º Pakea Bizkaia, J.Mumbrú/ C.Sanmarti, ESP 68
The Sailing Tour of Spain set off from Hondarribia, on the Atlantic frontier with France, and finished in Barcelona after passing a beacon in Port de la Selva, next to the Mediterranean border. In anticlockwise direction, the fleet crossed 1,800 miles, facing the most noteworthy steps on our coast in the process. The Estaca de Bares, Finisterre, San Vicente, Gibraltar, Gata, Palos and the Balearic Islands were all featured, even occasionally playing a decisive role in the sporting outcome of the race.
The Sailing Tour of Spain is an initiative of the, the Spanish Royal Sailing Federation (RFEV) and the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB) who are the organisers of the event, and was devised with the aim to promote ocean sailing and bring the general public closer to this sport, while also promoting the fleet of Imocas Open 60 and the participating skippers.
Sailing Tour of Spain: first edition held on IMOCA Open 60’s in June 2010
Departure date: 12 June de 2010, 10:30 am
Starting point: Hondarribia
End point: Barcelona
Participants: eight teams (including five Spanish and two French)
3º Estrella Damm
4º W Hotels-Nova Bocana
6º GAES Centros Auditivos
7º Central Lechera Asturiana
8º Pakea Bizkaia
Stages and distance: six stages and 1,780 nautical miles
Hondarribia, Santander, Gijón, Sanxenxo, Calpe, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona.
Organisers: The RFEV and the FNOB