Last Thursday 8 April, participants in the New York – Barcelona Transoceanic Sailing Record set off from Ambrose Light in Hudson Bay (New York), on a new ocean sailing challenge. This record will be recognised by the World Sailing Speed Record Council (WSSRC), an international body acting under the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), which regulates sailing speed records throughout the world.
For the first time in history an attempt is being made to establish a sailing record between an Atlantic and a Mediterranean city. Until now records transatlantic records have been set between geographical points rather than cities.
Now, though, the two vessels taking part, Spain’s Imoca Open 60, owned by Estrella Damm and manned by Alex Pella and Pepe Ribas, together with the North American Stan Schreyer, and W Hotels, with Spaniards Pachi Rivero and Toño Piris, accompanied by North American Peter Becker, are trying to cover the distance between New York and Barcelona.
That means they have to sail a total of 3.900 nautical miles, or 7.226 km, in as short a time as possible. That could be between 18 and 22 days.
The crossing will end in Barcelona harbour between 25 and 30 April, approximately, depending on weather conditions.