Barcelona and New York to set a sailing record between both cities

October 1, 2009 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

The cities of Barcelona and New York, through the Fundacio Navegacio Oceanica Barcelona (FNOB) and the New York City Sports Commission, announced today a new transoceanic sailing event to take place in April 2010, the NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record. Aimed at strengthening the sporting and cultural bonds between New York and Barcelona, this is the first transoceanic sailing race between the two cities.

To ensure the transoceanic race is a competition between equals, the participants will be sailing two identical IMOCA Open 60 yachts, the Estrella Damm and the newly christened W Hotels. Crewed by three-man teams of one U.S. and two Spanish sailors per boat, the ships will depart New York City during the second week of April 2010, reaching Barcelona’s Port between the 20th and 30th of April. The competition is expected to last 18 to 22 days, covering a route of approximately 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 km).

Promoted and organized by the Fundacio Navegacio Oceanica Barcelona (FNOB), an entity that incorporates the Barcelona City Council, Barcelona Port Authority, Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and Barcelona Trade Fair, the NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record is co-sponsored by the City of New York through its Sports Commission. Also collaborating in the event are the Royal Yacht Club of Barcelona and the New York Yacht Club.

The NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record is designed to become a benchmark for transoceanic sailing. This is the first time in sailing history that an Atlantic and a Mediterranean city have decided to set a sailing record between them. This record will be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC), an international organization established by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the governing body for the sport of sailing.

The FNOB initiative will be complemented by a full range of cultural and sporting activities, including a full educational program for primary and secondary students from Barcelona and New York, led by the FNOB and supported by the American School of Barcelona.

As part of the effort to educate the public about sailing, as well as the values and knowledge related to the ocean sailing and maritime culture, the entire competition will be covered online at the NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record website.

This joint event with New York City continues Barcelona’s progress as an important strategic city in the world of ocean racing, and sets the stage for the FNOB’s second edition of the Barcelona World Race, a two-handed round-the-world race, organized in Spain and starting 31st December 2010.

About the NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record

NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record is a sailing competition between New York and Barcelona which will be held in April 2010 with two identical IMOCA Open 60 yachts, the Estrella Damm and the W Hotels. The aim of the race is to set a sailing record between New York and Barcelona, as well as to strengthen bonds between both cities with socio-cultural, educational and sporting programs. It is an initiative of the Fundacio Navegacio Oceanica Barcelona (FNOB) with the support of the New York City Sports Commission, Real Club Nautico de Barcelona and the New York Yacht Club. The FNOB is the organizer of the Barcelona World Race. This new sailing event is part of the campaign that will culminate in the start of the second edition of the two-handed round the world race, on December 31, 2010.

About Estrella Damm

Estrella Damm is a leading beer brand in Spain. It belongs to Grupo Damm, an organization born in 1876 in Barcelona, whose activity is based on manufacturing and distributing drinks. Damm strives for the impact of its work to reach beyond the purely economic and actively participates in different areas of society: sport, culture, the environment. Estrella Damm is a main sponsor of the Barcelona World Race and is also the sponsor of the boat that bears his name.

About W Hotels

W Hotels is a brand of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. headquartered in New York. The chain, which has 29 properties worldwide, is already present in Barcelona with his first footprint, Hotel Vela, designed by Ricardo Bofill, which has already earned a prominent place in the skyline of the city. W Hotels sponsors an Open 60 IMOCA which will participate in the Transat Jacques Vabre and the New York-Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record.

    For further information on NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record contact:
    Travis Ferber                          Katie Papadopoulos
    MAKOVSKY + COMPANY                     MAKOVSKY + COMPANY
    212.508.9653                           212.508.9646
    tferber@makovsky.com                   kpapadopoulos@makovsky.com

SOURCE Fundacio Navegacio Oceanica Barcelona (FNOB)

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