Barcelona World Race

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Hand to hand in the Mediterranean

Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín on GAES and Alex Thomson and Guillermo Altadill on Hugo Boss take part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race, with the Barcelona World Race 2014/15 in their sights

The 99 crews taking part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race lined up on the starting line at Valletta, the Maltese capital on Sunday 19 th October for one of sailing s oldest and most prestigious offshore regattas. The fleet spans six divisions; IRC, IRC double-handed, Morc, 40 Class and the IMOCA Open 60 class. The boats must follow a course some 606 miles in length around the Italian island of Sicily, first making their way through the Messina Strait to then leave the Aeolian Islands to port followed by the islands of Favignana, Pantelleria and Lampedusa before returning to Valletta through the Comino Channel, between the islands of Malta and Gozo.

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The two IMOCA Open 60s taking part are GAES with Anna Corbella and Gerard Marín and Hugo Boss with Alex Thomson and Guillermo Altadill . Both teams are sailing with the next Barcelona World Race in mind. Anna and Gerard were the first crew to sign up for the third edition of the round the world regatta and Alex and Guillermo are working on projects with the same goal in their sights. The four skippers are veterans of the double-handed round the world challenge: Anna finished the regatta alongside Dee Caffari in 2010/11 whilst Gerard did the same beside Ludovic Aglaor . Alex Thomson took third place in 2007/08 with Andrew Cape and Guillermo started the race with Jonathan McKee before the pair were forced to retire due to rudder damage at Cape Town. Alex and Guillermo also have some history together in double-handed racing, taking second place together in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2011.

“ This is the first time I ve taken part in this regatta” . said Alex Thomson ahead of the start. “I m really excited about sailing it” . For Anna Corbella this voyage around Sicily alongside Hugo Boss is a fantastic opportunity to assess the boat preparation and to do some sailing in racing mode . “After two months of training it s going to be really interesting over these 600 miles to measure ourselves up against a crew of the calibre of Alex and Guillermo” . said the Spanish skipper ahead of the start. The IMOCA Open 60s are expected to finish the regatta in just over two days. The record for the course was set in 2007 by the Maxi Rambler (ex- Alfa Romeo ) at 47 hours, 55 minutes and 3 seconds.

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