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Barcelona World Race: Hungarian-New Zealander Duo Fall Behind

By Ferenc Sullivan // 2015.01.26.

Significant differences have set in in the positions of contestants in the Barcelona World Race round-the-world yach tour, with the leader of the race, Frenchman Bernard Stamm and his yacht Cheminées Pujoulat, and the second Neutrogena already sailing on the Indian Ocean.

Spirit of Hungary, with Hungarian sailor Nándor Fa and his companion, New Zealander Conrad Colman on board, remains in seventh place, still far away from the Cape of Good Hope.

The Hungarian boat encountered three heavy storms during the weekend, forcing them first to flee to the east and then manoeuvre westwards to dodge the storm, Colman wrote in an email. On Sunday, he reported that the worst is now over and expressed his hopes that they will be able to sail on in even winds .

Sailing over 400 nautical miles behind the sixth One Planet, One Ocean and over 2500 miles behind the leading Cheminées Pujoulat on the Atlantic Ocean, Spirit of Hungary is currently only ahead of one boat among the eight contestants. Bernard Stamm’s boat passed through to the Indian Ocean during the weekend and currently has a 123-mile lead over Neutrogena and its Spanish captain, Guillermo Altadill.

The eight-ship field departed from Barcelona in late November and is expected to complete its round-the-world voyage by March 2015.

Mr. Fa gained fame after sailing around the world, heading by the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn from the south – the route known to be the most difficult – in 1986-87 after building the 31-foot tour yacht named St. Jupát with his friend József Gál between 1980 and 1985.

photo: Martinez (BWR)