The Barcelona World Race is the first only double-handed (two-crew) regatta around the world. This is a non-stop regatta with some outside assistance permitted, although subject to rules and penalties.
The start will be given on 31st of December 2010 at 13:00 in the Port of Barcelona. The Barcelona World Race course travels around the world, from Barcelona to Barcelona following a course known as the Three Cape Route. As such, the yachts will set off from Barcelona toward the Gibraltar Strait, and following an Atlantic descent they will put the capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and Horn to port and the continent of Antarctica to starboard. The regatta rules stipulate a passage through Cook Strait in New Zealand, one of the race’s safety waypoints.
The Barcelona World Race is raced in IMOCA Open 60 yachts. These boats are part of an ‘open’ class. That means that the designers enjoy a level of freedom when designing, as long as the boats fit within the measurements of 60 feet (18.29 metres) in length, 4.5 metres of draught and a mast that must be no higher than 28 metres above the water.
To publicize the race, since December 18 has been installed Moll Barcelona World Race (MBWR) in the district of Barceloneta. This space, each day, will provide citizens and visitors musical, cultural and artistic proposals with a common denominator: the navigation and the sea. There you will be able to meet all participants, sponsors and promoters of the race, in an area of more than 4,000 m² where also are the center stage, the sailing library and bookstore, and Barcelona Food Experience, which offers tapas from 13 of the best restaurants in the city.
Outside the MBWR, on Passeig de Joan de Borbó, various activities will also entertain young and old, as the pool of radio-control sailboat, a photographic exhibition, the Renault wind tunnel and a catamaran baptism.