Barcelona World Race – Second Placed Neutrogena stops in New Zealand
After suffering an engine problem which affects their ability to generate electrical power, Guillermo Altadill (ESP) and Jose Munoz (CHI), who are racing in second place in the Barcelona World Race around the world, have taken the decision to reroute to the south of New Zealand to make a technical repair.
Altadill notified Race Direction at 02:20 hrs UTC this Wednesday morning of their decision, saying:
” We have a problem in the main engine, and we cannot charge batteries, we are sailing to the South of NZ island to get spare parts and get back in the race again at 100%.”
The Spanish-Chilean duo altered course to the NE around 03:00hrs UTC this morning and had 585 miles to sail to Invercargill in the south of New Zealand’s South Island. Altadill reckoned their ETA in Invercargill would be in about 40 hours.
Neutrogena are sailing in about 25kts of NW’ly breeze which is due to increase to 30kts with big seas.
They are in regular contact with their shore team in England and with Race Direction which are tracking their progress closely.
Race rules require that any technical pit stop is a minimum of 24 hours duration and maximum eight days. After more than 40 days racing this is the first technical pit stop of the eight boat IMOCA 60 fleet which started from Barcelona on 31 January 2014.