Countdown for new trans-At sail race

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A one-of-a-kind initiative aimed at strengthening the connection between New York and Barcelona, Spain, has been launched and the activities planned to count down the first world sailing record between New York and Barcelona have begun.

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The New York-Barcelona First Transoceanic Sailing Record will begin between April 5 and  April 12, depending on weather conditions, and arrive in Barcelona between April 20 and April 30.

Hundreds of New Yorkers are enjoying the NY-BCN Record audiovisual exhibit at the New York World Financial Center

The two IMOCA Open 60's, Estrella Damm and W Hotels, will participate in a preliminary race April 3 during the in-shore regatta to take place in New York Harbor.

The record will be streamed through www.ny-bcn.org with daily updates every four hours.