After a carnival-style send off from the port of Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands on Sunday, January 29, the crew of Mirpuri Foundation Skippered Paulo Mirpuri, arrived in Barbados after 2,300-mile passage or seven-day voyage.
Paulo Mirpuri of the Mirpuri Foundation confirmed that this first ocean crossing served as a launching base for the participation of a Portuguese crew in the Volvo Ocean Race 2020.
“ These selected sailors will be the ambassadors of the Mirpuri Foundation, bringing the message “for a better world” to the four corners of the world ”.
But 2020 may be very surprising to many when Mirpuri noted that the crew may very well be an all female crew.
The crew is expected to be named by the end of June, Mirpuri is setting his sights on at least nine Portuguese and two of other nationalities.
This passage was the first transatlantic voyage for Mirpuri, although having sailed since childhood, the skipper does have plenty of amateur racing and sailing experience on yachts measuring up to 50 metres.
The VOR 70 yachts are among the fastest monohulls ever built.
Based in Lisbon, the Mirpuri Foundation is active in a wide variety of philanthropic areas, including the Save the Oceans program.
By Ernesto Cooke