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New trans-At race to depart from New York

The cities of Barcelona, Spain, and New York announced a new transoceanic sailing event to take place in April 2010, the NY-BCN Transoceanic Sailing Record.

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Aimed at strengthening the sporting and cultural bonds between New York and Barcelona, this is the first transoceanic sailing race between the two cities.

To ensure the transoceanic race is a competition between equals, the participants will be sailing two identical IMOCA Open 60 yachts, the Estrella Damm and the newly christened W Hotels.

Crewed by three-man teams of one U.S. and two Spanish sailors per boat, the ships will depart New York during the second week of April, reaching Barcelona's port between April 20-30. The competition is expected to last 18-22 days, covering a route of approximately 3,900 nautical miles (7,223 km).

This joint event with New York City continues Barcelona's progress as an important strategic city in the world of ocean racing, and sets the stage for the FNOB's second edition of the Barcelona World Race, a two-handed round-the-world race, organized in Spain and starting Dec. 31 2010.