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The Spanish navigator Didac Costa has set this Thursday on the water in Barcelona the ‘One Planet One Ocean’, the boat with the coming November 8 will take the output of the Vendée Globe Around the World Solo, nonstop and attendance, the regatta transoceanic world’s toughest.
With this boat, Didac Costa, next to Áleix Gelabert, was fourth in 2015 in the Barcelona World Race -Round-the-World – under the name of ‘One Planet One Ocean & Pharmaton’.
For this new project, even during the confinement by the pandemic of the COVID-19, Costa was working on the boat in the nave of the FNOB.
he removed the keel and the bulb, changed the bearings of the rudder, the hydraulic pistons of the keel, changed the ballast tanks, the insulation of the hull and will have new sails for the voyage.
it Also has changed the volume of the bow, installed a mast more modern of 26 meters of height and will have a sail area of 240 square metres and 470 m2 with spinnaker, managing to reduce the weight of the boat in 500 kg
“This has been done to make the vessel lighter. Even the engine, which can not be used in the regatta, but if to charge batteries, it has lightened the weight. Everything is focused to be as competitive as possible” , indicates Costa.
Now you must make a journey of 2,000 miles (3.700 km) mandatory for the classification of the Vendée Globe, which is expected to launch in mid of this month.
“The trip I need to raise it to the address of the Vendée Globe, but if I leave Barcelona I will do it in the Mediterranean for the most part and maybe some stretch in the Atlantic. It all depends on the weather because what matters is to make the journey. This is not run a lot, but try things in the boat and complete it”, commented.
as in the last edition, its budget of just over € 300,000 will be one of the three smaller of the Vendée Globe 2020-2021 in the that will compete with 35 vessels from 13 nations. Of them nine are of the latest generation (thrown away in 2019 and 2020) and 19 already have ‘foils’ (wings side).
Will be again the only Spanish in the test. In the previous edition (2016-2017), in his first participation, and almost without means, he crossed the finish line of the Vendée Globe on February 23, 2017 at the fourteenth position with a time of 108 days, 19 hours, 50 minutes and 45 seconds, after navigating 27.964 nautical miles (51.817 km).
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