• Spain edition
 
Nude sailors strip in bid for Olympics glory
The Olympic hopefuls posted the picture as part of a social media drive to raise their profile. Photo: Barreiros Curbelo Sailing Team/Facebook

Nude sailors strip in bid for Olympics glory

Published: 11 Mar 2014 15:20 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Mar 2014 15:20 GMT+01:00

How do Olympians raise their profile if they are not as famous as sprinter Usain Bolt? It's a conundrum for many athletes taking part in less popular sports. 

But Spanish sailors Onán Barreiros and Juan Curbelo, who are hoping to compete together in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, recently found an interesting solution to the problem.

In January the two 470 class sailors based in Spain's Canary Islands posted an intriguing message on their Facebook page.

"If we get to 1,500 likes on our Facebook page before before February 28th we will pose nude on our boat and post the picture," the pair wrote.

A little over a week later, the goal was reached and on Saturday the two took to their boat in the nude. As promised, they posted a picture on their site. 

But the decision about which picture to use wasn't an easy one.  "We didn't want to show too much, or too little and end up cheating people," said Barreiros told Nauto360 magazine.

The choice has proven popular, however. "The image has been there a few days and more than 27,000 people have already seen it," Barreiros said.

"Now people stop us and say hi at out club in Gran Canaria to talk about the picture," said Curbelo. 

Barreiros has already participated in the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 and in the London 2012 edition while Curbelo is hoping to make a first appearance at the Games.   

Don't miss stories about Spain, join The Local on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.es)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Brits help Spain set new tourism record
Tourists visiting the Alhambra in Granada, Andalusia. Photo: Camila Pastorelli/Flickr

Brits help Spain set new tourism record

A record 28 million foreign tourists flocked to Spain during the first half of the year, with British and German holidaymakers leading the wave, the government said on Monday. READ  

It's a date: Spanish PM to meet with Catalan leader
The July 30th meeting between the President of Catalonia Artur Mas (left) and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will be their first in nearly a year. Photo: AFP

It's a date: Spanish PM to meet with Catalan leader

After weeks of negotiations, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the President of Catalonia Artur Mas are set to sit down on July 30th to tackle the thorny issue of independence for Catalonia. READ  

Brit feared paralyzed after Ibiza pool accident
The Ibiza resort of Cala Tarida where the man was injured. File photo: Jose A/Flickr

Brit feared paralyzed after Ibiza pool accident

A 20-year-old man from the UK has been seriously injured after smashing his head against the bottom of a swimming pool in Ibiza on Monday, with doctors fearing he may be paralyzed. READ  

Ancient graffiti proves Spain's Irish links
The ruins of numerous ancient Celtic settlements known as castros are still present in Galicia today. Photo: Castro de Baroña by Feans/Flickr

Ancient graffiti proves Spain's Irish links

An ancient inscription discovered on a 14th century church in Spain's Galicia region has been identified as Gaelic; the first written evidence of the northern region’s Irish and Scottish heritage. READ  

Spain loses €12 billion in sale of 'failed' bank
The historic headquarters of Catalunya Banc in Barcelona. Photo: Andrew E. Larsen

Spain loses €12 billion in sale of 'failed' bank

Spain has sold the country's 'failed' Catalunya Bank for just €1.2 billion ($1.62 billion), racking up nearly €12 billion losses in the deal, or around the same figure as that saved by the government with its austerity cuts. READ  

Spain's Prado museum 'loses' 885 artworks
A man looks at the painting "Laocoon" by Spanish painter El Greco at an exhibition at Madrid's Prado museum. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Spain's Prado museum 'loses' 885 artworks

Madrid's Prado Museum, one of the world's best known, has misplaced nearly 900 works of arts, officials said recently, warning the institution needs to do more to watch over its inventory. READ  

Are these the ugliest football kits ever?
CD Lugo have dared to enter the annals of football kit bizarreness this year with their local drink and meal of choice plastered all over their fourth and fifth kits. Photo:Twitter

Are these the ugliest football kits ever?

Spanish Second Division side CD Lugo have released what are quite possibly the most unusual football kits ever: one of a draft beer and another one of an octopus tentacle. The Local looks at why they've done it and trawls the web to find the ugliest kits in Spanish footballing history. READ  

What's on in Spain: August
Crazy festivals, big name concerts and even face-pulling events are taking place in August in Spain. Photo: Pablo Argente/AFP/Christopher Polk/Getty Images/AFP/Aste Nagusia

What's on in Spain: August

It's holiday season and town and cities across Spain are laying on a wealth of events for locals and visitors alike. Here The Local gives you a round up of all the best events around the country in August. READ  

Pic of the day
Queen's selfie shows new side of royals
Queen Letizia (right) has often been described as cold and distant. Photo: Twitter

Queen's selfie shows new side of royals

A selfie taken by two teenagers featuring Spain's new Queen Letizia took Spain by storm on Monday, with the girls describing the wife of the country's new king as "very friendly". READ  

Bestselling soldier jailed for 'corrupt' army claims
Segura is the author of a bestseller in Spain which offers an insider’s view of alleged financial and ethical malpractices by top officials in the Spanish army. Photo:YouTube

Bestselling soldier jailed for 'corrupt' army claims

A lieutenant who's sold 10,000 copies of a book in which he exposes alleged cases of corruption in Spain's military has gone on hunger strike after being detained in a military prison. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
What's On
Top Ten: Summer music festivals in Spain 2014
National
Barcelona beaches closed after multiple shark sightings
National
Risky business: Man snaps selfie during Running of the Bulls
International
Finland to house sub-zero Sagrada Familia
National
Scorcher: Summer's first heatwave hits Spain
International
Magaluf cracks down on wild pub crawls
Society
Spanish naturist paradise bans nudity by mistake
National
Airbnb fined €30,000 over 'illegal' apartments
National
VIDEO: Landing aborted in Barcelona 'near miss'
Culture
Top 10 Spanish locations to film Game of Thrones
Culture
What's on in Spain: July 2014
Society
VIDEO: Man arrested after racist attack on Barcelona Metro
Culture
Sheikh to turn Barcelona bullring into mega-mosque
Culture
Spanish top model swaps catwalk for nunnery
Travel
Granada, not Grenada! Airline sued over mix-up
Culture
IN PICTURES: Spain's baby jumping festival
National
King Felipe of Spain: his life in pictures
National
Spanish pilots ordered to speak only English
Society
'How to stop kids being gay' books shock Spain
National
Catalonia to fine drivers using Uber taxi app
Culture
Spain's new queen Letizia: Ten great looks
National
Birth of green puppies shocks Spanish dog breeders
Society
Spain to fine parents of teen binge drinkers
Sponsored Article
CurrencyFair: Why it pays when making overseas transfers
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

1,503
jobs available