‘Fruit’ will not start the Barcelona World Race

With just over a week before the Barcelona World Race kicks off it’s round the world journey, the organizers of the BWR sent out a media release today saying that the yacht Fruit is ineligible to start the BWR, citing the fact that the Polish yacht did not meet the race’s safety requirements:

Having received communication that the Polish yacht Fruit has no valid, up-to-date IMOCA measurement certificate, and having now missed by four days the 17th December deadline by which all IMOCA Open 60’s entered were required to be in Barcelona, the organisers of the Barcelona World Race have decided that they have no other option but to communicate to the Fruit team that they will not be allowed to start the race.

The IMOCA Class confirm that the Polish yacht Fruit does not comply with the current measurement rules of the IMOCA class and so no measurement certificate can be issued, and no further testing is scheduled.
The class make the point that it is the skipper’s responsibility to make his boat comply with the IMOCA rule and currently the yacht does not meet the necessary requirements.

A full media release can be read here.