Involving people through the diffusion of the values of sailing, innovation and sport.
Since our foundation in 2005, we have been working with the aim of consolidating Barcelona as a reference base for competitive sailing in the Mediterranean.
Our activities are focused on tangible objectives:
Let's start at the beginningNautical Popularisation
We bring the experience closer and awaken the curiosity of children, young people and adults who participate in the values, knowledge and skills around sailing from Barcelona.
The FBCN Educational Programmes are aimed at primary and secondary school pupils who - through their teaching teams - discover and learn about different subjects related to competitive sailing.
We advise, train and develop resources, with the aim of encouraging critical thinking among students, to improve the social perception of science and to provoke an increase in the selection of post-compulsory "Steam" studies and to generate a positive change in the self-perception of students in these disciplines.
The experience triggers the curiosity and emotions of young people, who participate in the values, knowledge and informative objectives surrounding this "adventure", at the same time as they establish close relationships with its protagonists.
We develop the programmes together with the teams and in the teaching centres, during the school year and in synchronisation with the preparation and competition calendar of the course.
Their opinion defines us
"For me, the main interest of the project is pedagogical, because it allows the pupils to learn with pleasure. Whenever it was a question of reading, writing or expressing themselves about the Vendée Globe, the children did it with great pleasure. That's why following Didac's Vendée Globe was a pretext to work on everything".
François Perocheau – 4th Grade Primary School Tutor. Fedinant de Lesseps School
INS MANUEL VAZQUEZ MONTALBAN
Since the start of the project, the whole social sciences subject has revolved around the Vendée, and from here it has served as a platform for many other topics. The pupils also needed to see something to keep them alive and active, and those who have really followed the project have a much better understanding of co-responsibility issues.
Tutor of the Sailing 2020 educational programme – INS Manuel Vázquez Montalban
IE Baldomer Solà
They now have a connection with the sea that they didn't have before, despite being a school in a seaside town. Since the first visit to IMOCA, we all want to get closer to the sea, not only to discover a hobby, but to open up to a new way of life that they have just discovered.
Educational programme tutor – IE Baldomer Solà
Other areas of outreach
We organise ourselves and are present in the most important
Barcelona Boat Show
Conferences at schools
Special press events
Corporate Social Responsibility actions
Presentation of documentary film
Informative events on the history and culture of the Sea
The competitive sailing
The FBCN promotes sports projects in different classes that compete around the world.
Class Globe 5.80
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Ocean adventure within your reach
There is nothing in the world like the ClassGlobe 5.80! Capable of ocean and offshore sailing... full of adventures and challenges to compete for a few hours, days or weeks alone or in pairs.
You can build your own boat with simple tools and no previous experience, or get professional help, and then you're ready to sail across the bay or over the horizon.
Take it home on a trailer or on a container ship to another country. This is the reality of the ClassGlobe 5.80.
Basic features of the Class Globe 5.80
With a length of 5.80 m, a beam of 2.23 m and a draught of 1.4 m, average speeds of more than 100 miles per day are expected. With keel, rudder and sails removed.
Everything fits easily into a standard 20-foot container. The ClassGlobe 5.80 can be legally towed on its own road trailer with the keel on.
You can navigate from anywhere and travel to or from any country with ease.
The fastest monohull to circumnavigate the globe solo
The IMOCA 60 is an "open class". In other words, the designers are free to design the boats, but always within certain limits, maximum measurements, which in the case of the IMOCA 60 are: 60 feet (18.29 metres) in length, 4.5 metres in draught and 29 metres in mast height above sea level. In designing their boats, designers must also meet a number of safety requirements, which can be classified into two broad groups:
- Structural design standards. These require the provision of watertight compartments, escape hatches, etc.
Stability requirements. These are a series of standards and tests that must be applied to each ship to ensure its stability and its ability to self-right (re-right) in the event of capsize.
The benefits provided by foils is based on an increase in lift force which tends to lift the boat in a similar way to the wing of an aircraft. This decreases the frictional resistance of the water and increases the righting torque so that the boat leans less and makes much better use of the wind force.
Giants of the ocean
So they are giants of the sea. As long as a three-axle truck, as tall as a ten-storey building. Their sail area on a bearing course is larger than three tennis courts put together. And yet they have minimal interior spaces, barely ten square metres. A space that two crew members have to share for three months in the Barcelona World Race.
Their hull shapes and rigging characteristics are designed for ocean sailing, for the average wind direction and swell conditions encountered on a round the world trip from west to east. As the conditions are preferably in carrying winds, the IMOCA 60s have flat hull shapes to glide over the waves, allowing them to reach peak speeds of more than 25 knots.
Basic characteristics of the IMOCA 60
- Length: maximum 18.28 m (60 ft). (60 ft)
- Beam: maximum 5.85 m.
• Draft: maximum 4.5 m.
- Mast height: maximum of 29 m.
- Displacement: between 8 and 9 t. (8,000 - 9,000 kg.)
- Upwind sail area: between 240 and 330 m2
- Sail area with load-bearing winds: between 460 and 620 m2
• Type of keel: canting (swing keel)
the AC40 is the boat that will be used in the Junior America's Cup and Women's America's Cup, as part of the America's Cup Preliminary Series event.
The 37th America's Cup keeps the AC75 used in the previous edition as the official boat of the Cup - albeit with a modified rulebook - although there will also be a new boat in a smaller format, the AC40.
This one-design monohull with foils will be used by the teams for training, development of innovations, as well as for the America's Cup preliminary races.
How does the AC40 work?
The AC40 is designed to behave in a similar way to the AC75. They have two large ballasted foils on each side of the boat, but do not have a traditional keel.
The boats are designed to sail with a single foil, with the windward foil raised out of the water to reduce drag and provide greater righting moment.
With only four crew on board the AC40, a number of automated systems will be used, including a battery-powered system to replace grinders, and automated controls to adjust the height of the foil and self-tacking headsails.
In terms of rigging, the AC40 will mimic the AC75 and will feature the same D-shaped mast on which two sail skins will be hoisted to create a soft wing sail, offering plenty of control but a sail plan that can be easily hoisted and lowered from on board.
As with the two 36th America's Cup finalists, there will be no boom, and a hydraulic system will be used to shape the sail from foot to head.
Southern Spars will supply the mast, while North Sails will supply the sails.
AC75 is the boat developed for the 36th America's Cup and after some protocol improvements will also be the America's Cup boat.
Emirates Team New Zealand went ahead and presented a very unusual monohull concept, never seen before. The hull does not include a ballast keel, instead, this boat has two T-shaped foils.
It is only the leeward foil that carries all the lift force, while the windward foil goes above the water. Under adverse weather conditions, both foils remain below the water surface to control lift and roll.
Small changes to AC75?
Among the significant changes for the AC75 is the reduction of the crew from 11 to 8 sailors. The reduction in crew has a couple of advantages, primarily it will save around a tonne of boat weight, which together with the increased wingspan, will drastically improve performance in light wind conditions.
With fewer sailors, the question of how to generate enough power while maintaining control will be a major challenge for each team. Possibly the door is open for the return of "cyclists" or leg-driven windlasses.
Extreme single-handed and double-handed offshore sailing
The first step towards the round the world race.
It is defined as the school of ocean sailing. The learning and experience acquired in this type of boats is fundamental to make the leap to other big regattas, such as, for example; round the world solo.
Preparing yourself means tackling a cross-cutting project on your own.
To do well in Mini 6.50, you have to excel in more than just sailing. He and the Minister must be in charge of the entire offshore sailing project: from budgeting, to manufacturing, sponsorship, maintenance, communication, marketing, and last but not least, sailing like a real seaman.
Small flying machines
Its extreme design focused on high performance, its lightness and disproportionate sail power (up to 121m2 of sail at the same time) make it the sailboat with the highest sail to length ratio in the world.
High competition is the sole purpose of a Mini 6.50. A racing concept devised by Bob Salmon in 1977, to democratise the mythical adventure of crossing the Atlantic Ocean in competition, with the smallest boat and the minimum necessary resources.
It boils down to::
Boat + sailor facing the great Atlantic adventure in its most essential purity.under this idea was born the Mini 6.50 and among other regattas The mythical...
22 days in 22 feet, a solo Atlantic adventure
Dirigita tot tipus of sailors: regata and creuer.
The Maritime Museum of Barcelona and the Fundación Navegación Oceánica Barcelona invite you to embark on a new educational programme on the occasion of the new edition of the ocean race. Mini Transat 2021 which started in September.
We propose you to follow the regatta that took place, among other sailors, 13 sailors of the Base Mini Barcelona. The regatta, a single-handed race with sailing yachts of the mini class 6.50 or 22 ftwill depart from Les Sables d'Olonne (Brittany, France) on 26 September, from where it will travel, for approximately 22 daysThe boat will travel more than 4,000 miles to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, with a stopover in Santa Cruz de la Palma (Canary Islands).
Schools can participate in different activities, among which the following highlight The Atlantic adventurewhich proposes to follow this adventure in real time through challenges, as well as sponsoring its protagonists, which will allow direct links to be established with the sailors who have prepared for this challenge in Barcelona.
A route that allows us to work in a globalised and competent way in the classroom, at the same time as we surround ourselves with the values that the sailors transmit, such as perseverance, the desire to improve and effort, among many others.
Registration and more information
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