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Day 113 Excitement in Portal de la Pau, Barcelona for the arrival of Fòrum Marítim Català
Gerard Marín and Ludovic Aglaor cross the double-handed
round the world finishing line at 21:17:24 local time. They took
112 days, 7 hours, 17 minutes and 24 seconds, at an average
speed of 9.35 knots.
This was Gerard's first circumnavigation of the globe
and the second for Ludovic.
Yesterday at 21 hours, 17
minutes and 24 seconds, Gerard Marín (29 years old)
and Ludovic Aglaor (44 years old) crossed the
finishing line of the Barcelona World Race and were the eighth crew
to complete the regatta.
Fòrum Marítim Català
took 112 days, 07 hours, 17 minutes and 24 seconds to
complete the course, of some 25,200 miles, theoretically, at an
average speed of 9.35 knots. In actual fact, the skippers sailed
28,662 miles, at an average speed of 10.63 knots.
This was the first double-handed
round the world regatta both for Gerard Marín and
Ludovic Aglaor. The Catalan skipper has also become
the youngest skipper in this edition of the regatta to complete the
course. This is the second circumnavigation of the globe for
Excitement simmered in Barcelona
this evening as the city eagerly awaited the arrival of
Fòrum Marítim Català, the eighth entry to finish the
double-handed round the world race.
29 and from the town of Figueras, Spain and Breton skipper
Ludovic Aglaor both said how touched they were by the
number of people out to meet them as they came in to Portal de la
Pau. Once across the finishing line, Marín
highlighted that during the 112 days, 7 hours, 17 minutes and 24
seconds of the race “there were many good and bad moments". Among
those he recalled was one of the first planes for the boat at the
height of the Canaries. “We had lots of breeze and we were planning
along fiercely". Then there was the departure from Wellington, New
Zealand, where the team stopped of to repair the water purifying
system.“It was an unfortunate stop, but we sailed well". Not to
forget the moment they "crossed Cape Horn, of course, a Cape one
on three special moments: "The Pacific was really fantastic. The
start was also great. The other great moment was ten days ago,
because we didn't think we'd finish this early. We were at the
Canaries and we saw the chance to accelerate abs to reach Gibraltar
sooner. We thought we'd be finishing at the beginning of May".
The Catalan skipper,
Marin, is the youngest skipper to finish this second
edition of the Barcelona World Race and he recognized the "big jump"
he has made from sailing in a Mini to stepping up onto an IMOCA Open
60 and from solo to sailing with another skipper:“The jump from Mini
to IMOCA is a tricky one. They are two completely different worlds.
The Mini is more permissive, it lets you make more mistakes, whereas
here mistakes come with a hefty cost. Breakages are different.
Sailing double-handed is also a big change. I did exactly as I
pleased on the Mini and here you have to share the experience and
give and take where necessary". Aglaor also said
that in that sense “some of the difficulty is getting used to each
President of the Fundació
Navegació Oceànica Barcelona, Pere Alcober, was
there to welcome the crew back to the city. He was accompanied by
Jesús Turró, President of Spain's Royal National
Cruising Association, as well as José María Martín Puertas,
Vice-President of the RFEV, Spain's sailing federation; Toni
Tió, President of Fòrum Marítim Català, and Tomàs
Gallart, President of the Cataln Ports Association.
Fòrum Marítim Catala
is the former Kingfisher, known later as Educación Sin
Fronteras with which Albert Bargués and
Servane Escoffier completed the first edition of the
Barcelona World Race, finishing in fifth place. In early 2010 the
boat was totally overhauled and refitted with the latest IMOCA class
innovations. It is an Owen-Clarke Design Studio model, built in 2000
in New Zealand, which Dame Ellen MacArthur
skippered to victory in the EDS Challenge 2001 and the Route du Rhum
2002, finishing second in the Vendée Globe 2000-2001.
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