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June 20, 2010

Barcelona World Race is starting!

Barcelona World Race

From the 1st of November the Barcelona world race village, on Moll de la Fusta opened. It is build for the famous race on the 11th of November. From the 1st of November you can see the nine competing teams as they finalise their preparations for the race, enjoy the animations and the concert programme in the days leading up to the start.
The Barcelona World Race is a new two-handed, non-stop around the world yacht race. The race starts on the 11th of November and is to be held every four years. They are racing 25000 miles in three months across the worlds most hostile and challenging oceans. This race will see the world’s best professional sailors from both solo and fully crewed disciplines coming together to compete against each other in teams of two. There has never been a crewed non-stop round the world race in monohulls before. This new concept opens up a whole new world of possibilities in the extreme offshore sailing sport, in terms of competition and race communications. The Barcelona world race will see sailors from two worlds of sailing events. Such as the Vendee Globe which is a solo sailing event and the Volvo Ocean Race, which is a crewed event.

Besides the start of the race on Sunday the 11th there are a lot of activities going on around this date. For example the International Boat Show in Port Vell, this takes place from the 3th until the 11th and is opened from 10am to 8pm. The rest of this week the program is like this:
Wednesday the 7th, there is an exposition of designs created by children from various different schools in Barcelona. They designed for each boat to promote the awareness of the climate change and the wildlife in danger. The location is at Moll de la Fusta.

Friday the 9th, the opening ceremony. This begins around 7pm on the corner of Moll de la Fusta and Moll d’Espana. The opening ceremony will present the teams and mark the start of the race with dance and music.

Sunday the 11th , the race! At 10am the boats will leave the pontoons. There are several vantage points the see the boats leave. At 1pm is the official start of the Barcelona World Race 2007. The best viewing point on land for the public is the way along the Barcelona Waterfront Maritime Promenade, which includes all the beaches.

Beyond the sailing events, there are concerts in the ‘World race village’. On Tuesday there will be for example, the Triangulo de Mar. A band from Brazil with a mixture of music from Portugal, Cabo Verde, Angola and Brazil with a basis of language and culture. On the 9th of November, Friday, there’s playing a band called Vadriaki with Mediterranean music from the Greek Islands elaborated with Kavafis poetry. On Saturday there is again a band from Brazil called the Aviaba Project Trio.

Barcelona, this city has a thousand years of maritime tradition. The history is seafaring and fishing is a thousand-year old. The harbour, dominated by a statue of Columbus atop a column, pointing the day the to United States of America is near the Royal Shipyards. The gothic building recalls the days when ships were built for war and commerce. Barcelona’s harbour, a few hundred metres from the Royal Shipyards, is now one of the most important industrial, commercial, and tourist ports in Southern Europe. It has intense maritime traffic, and welcomes over a million tourists each year as they arrive on international cruise ships through the seven terminals reserved for that class of heavy vessels.

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and the second largest city in Spain, It is located on the Mediterranean coast, with one of Europe’s principal ports, and its airport is the second largest in Spain. Founded as a Roman city, Barcelona is today an important cultural centre and became a major tourist destination after the 1992 World Olimpics. Particularly renowned are architectural works of Antoni Gaudí that have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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