When it comes to double-handed endurance sailing, the Barcelona World Race (BWR) is Mount Everest: 23,322 miles, nonstop, leaving the three great capes to port and Antarctica to starboard. The BWR kicked off on December 31 and within weeks Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam, sailing aboard the IMOCA 60 Cheminées Poujoulat, were in pole position. By Cape Horn they commanded a 1,000-plus mile lead, which they meticulously maintained. All told, Stamm and Le Cam sailed 27,950 nautical miles at a blistering pace of 13.82 knots and set a new course record of 84 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes and 25 seconds. Bravo!
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Presented by Vetus-Maxwell.Got a tip? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.orgRafting dangerOne unseen danger when sailing yachts lie alongside one another for a convivial night is that if they happen roll to a wash or begin to move in an unexpected sea, the spreaders can clash ...read more