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2015 January 20
  • The We Are Water sails in a Barcelona World Race, pioneer in the projection of scientific knowledge and solidarity inherent in ocean sailing.
  • Bruno and Willy García, skippers of the We Are Water, are exceptional carriers of the solidarity message of the Foundation in the 14 meridians of its projects and in 12 climatic zones of the planet.
  • The need to understand that the health of the ocean is vital to contemplate a sustainable world is one of the main educational and communicative objectives of this third two-handed round the world regatta.
One planet, one ocean… one water

This is the second time that the We Are Water has taken part in the Barcelona World Race with the theme of There are messages that have to go around the world. Bruno and Willy García take over the pendant that in the previous 2010/11 regatta was carried by Jaume Mumbrú and Cali Sanmartí, and carry the message of the Foundation in the only two-handed round the world regatta without stops.

14 meridians for just one message

Jaume and Cali sailed around the world crossing the eight meridians of the projects that the Foundation was undertaking. After four years, the completed projects and those in progress number 20, and are grouped into 14 meridians that are those that the García brothers will cross.

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These meridians, in the order in which the We Are Water will cross them, correspond to the projects in Guinea-Bissau, Morocco, Ghana, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Bangla Desh, Philippines, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil.

This project has several aspects, sporting, human and of solidarity, and for us, the union of the three is basic” stated Bruno García shortly before setting sail. The message of the We Are Water Foundation travels once again to spread knowledge about the serious lack of water and sanitation in large parts of the planet, and to raise awareness in the world about the need for immediate action.

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The scientific and technological development in the interests of sustainability has been one of the main philosophical lines with which the Barcelona World Race was founded. Now in its third editions, the regatta has been a pioneer in ocean sailing on forming a platform of experimentation and communication to collaborate with oceanographic science with the aim of improving knowledge about the ocean and sending out warning and awareness-raising messages before the clear alteration of seawater.

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In this year’s Barcelona World Race these messages are boosted by the scientific and education projection of the regatta, which is collaborating closely with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), and goes deeper into its slogan One Planet, One Ocean with the intention of explaining to the world that the problems of planet Earth cannot be isolated one from the other. These were the conclusions reached by the scientists who met in Barcelona at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference last November, the most important oceanographic event of the decade, organised by the IOC-UNESCO together with the Barcelona Ocean Navigation Foundation (FNOB), the organising body of the Barcelona World Race and in which the We Are Water Foundation took part.

Scientific agents and key witnesses

During recent decades scientific advances have been increasing intrinsically linked to a sustainable vision of the world in which solidarity is an essential human factor in any knowledge-development project. These principles form part of the DNA of the sport of ocean sailing which, since the creation of the first regattas, has constituted an enormous platform of knowledge and awareness of the problems of the sea, and yachtsmen have been front-line ambassadors of them.

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The We Are Water, and its regatta colleagues, will navigate on its journey through 12 of the climatic zones of the world; they will go through the remote Austral ocean, a very little-studied region that is key in understanding climate change, where they will launch a buoy, Argo, to collect vital data about the salinity and temperature of the sea. Bruno and Willy will be key witnesses of the state of the oceans, of changes in sea life, of the meteorological phenomena and of the evolution of the Antarctic thaw. They will inform us of their experiences and will enable us to experience close-up the relationship between all the phenomena that depend on the water cycle on the Earth.

You can follow the Barcelona World Race of the We Are Water at:

http://www.wearewater.org/es/we-are-water-y-la-barcelona-world-race_148709

You can see the projects of the We Are Water Foundation at:

http://www.wearewater.org/es/proyectos-activos_95964

About the We Are Water Foundation

The We Are Water Foundation, promoted by the Roca company, has as objectives, on the one hand, to raise awareness amongst the general public and the administrations about the need to promote a new culture of water and, on the other hand, relieve the negative effects related to the lack of hydric resources, through the development of cooperation and aid programmes alongside diverse organisations such as Education without Frontiers, the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, Intermón Oxfam and UNICEF.

News
2015 January 1
  • The 14 countries in which the Foundation undertakes its projects will mark the solidarity perspective of Bruno and Willy García’s trip around the world.
  • The Barcelona World Race carries the message of the We Are Water Foundation and frames it within the scientific and solidarity context of the regatta.
  • The Olympic synchronised swimming team christen the Foundation’s boat at its official presentation in the port of Barcelona.
  • Some messages should go around the world will be the slogan that will accompany the round-the-world trip of the We Are Water.
14 meridians for just one message

This project has several aspects, sporting, human and of solidarity, and for us the union of the three is basic”. These words of Bruno García, who with his brother Willy will carry the We Are Water message around the world, synthesise the essence of a project that once again unites the values of ocean sailing with the raising of awareness about the problems of water and sanitation in the world.

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Bruno expressed himself in this way at the official presentation of the We Are Water team and project that took place yesterday, Monday, on the set of Barcelona Word Race, installed in the Portal de la Pau of the city of the counts. The presentation began with the welcome on behalf of the Barcelona World Race by Santi Serrat, editorial director of the Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB), organiser of the regatta, who recalled the 2010/11 race with Jaume Mumbrú and Cali Sanmartí, pointing out the importance that a project like that of We Are Water returns again to the round-the-world trip in duo and does so with renewed strength and in a setting more than ever endorsed by science.

Serrat quoted the conclusions reached by the scientists meeting in Barcelona at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference last November, the most important oceanographic event of the decade organised by the FNOB together with the IOC-UNESCO and in which the We Are Water Foundation also collaborated: “Indeed, we are all water, and now science shows us that we are all the same water. Drinking water depends on seawater and vice versa, we are one planet and everything is interrelated. This is a good setting to develop the solidarity message of the We Are Water this year”.

The editorial director of the FNOB highlighted that in 2010 there were eight meridians of the solidarity projects that the We Are Water crossed, and which this year there will be 14 that Bruno and Willy will cross, since the projects that the We Are Water Foundation has developed since then have grown and are currently 20. He concluded celebrating the fact that also sailing on the boat will be the CorAvant solidarity campaign, which Bruno García supports and which worksfor children who suffer congenital heart diseases.

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It was then the turn of Xavier Torras, director of the We Are Water Foundation, who pointed out the urgency of working for water and sanitation in the world and emphasised the importance of uniting values with ocean sailing: “We are especially pleased to return to form part of this adventure, four years after our first participation. During these four years, we have worked in the most disadvantaged areas of the planet, undertaking more than 20 aid projects. For us it is a luxury that our message to raise awareness about the importance of water takes a trip around the world with Bruno and Willy García’s boat”.

Bruno García, skipper of We Are Water, stated that he felt very excited about the project: “It's a sports project and behind it there are many people whom we thank for their support, Andor Serra as head of the FNOB, Jean Le Cam and Pepe Ribes, and the entire technical team is doing a good job. But we also have a solidarity task, delivering these messages. We hope to be worthy successors to Jaume and Cali Sanmartí”. His brother Willy acknowledged their gratitude to the We Are Water Foundation.

Xavier Torras then presented the members of the Olympic synchronised swimming team who support the IMOCA 60 We Are Water. “We're thrilled to be part of this project -said Clara Basiana representing the team- We also work in contact with water. It is an unstable environment and control is very important, so the preparation is very hard. Good luck to Bruno and Willy”.

The We Are Water will remain alongside the other seven participants in the Barcelona World race, moored in the jetty opposite the Portal de la Pau, at the foot of Barcelona’s popular Columbus statue. The regatta will start on the 31 December at 1300 hours local time.

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14 meridians for a message that will go around the world

The “We Are Water meridians”, the geographic longitudes of the projects in which the Foundation collaborates, will once again be the solidarity reference of the trip around the world of the We Are Water in the Barcelona World Race.

At the last edition of the regatta in 2010/11, Jaume Mumbrú and Cali Sanmartí crossed eight meridians, and gave a voice to respective awareness-raising actions. The number of the Foundation’s projects has increased and are now more than 20, and in this regatta, Bruno and Willy will cross 14 meridians corresponding to where these projects are placed, in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, Morocco, Ghana, Chad, the Democratic republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

You can follow the Barcelona World Race of the We Are Water at:

http://www.wearewater.org/en/we-are-water-and-the-barcelona-world-race_148709

You can see the projects of the We Are Water Foundation at:

http://www.wearewater.org/en/active-projects_95964

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About the We Are Water Foundation

The We Are Water Foundation, promoted by the Roca company, has as objectives, on the one hand, to raise awareness amongst the general public and the administrations about the need to promote a new culture of water and, on the other hand, relieve the negative effects related to the lack of hydric resources, through the development of cooperation and aid programmes alongside diverse organisations such as Education without Frontiers, the Vicente Ferrer Foundation, Intermón Oxfam and UNICEF.

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