Palma de Majorque (2-5 August 2017)

 

Gathered for the second year running in Palma de Mallorca for the 36th Copa del Rey-Mapfre, the GC32 fleet has just finished the third stage on their circuit. Ten of these foiling catamarans were on the start of this high-flying regatta that attracted over 1,500 sailors from 22 nations. For Malizia, helmed by Pierrie Casiraghi, it was a very successful event as they were 4th in the final ranking with two race wins, and equal on points with Esteban Gracia’s 3rd placed Realteam.

It was a fine performance against a highly experienced field that comprises sailors from the offshore race scene and America’s Cup. Victory went to the Japanese team on Mamma Aiuto! led by Naofumi Kamei, ahead of the Americans on Argo.

 

 

Malizia lives up to promise

 

As announced before the start, the men on Malizia had come determined to shine on the Spanish race area, and they did not disappoint. Out of the 14 races held, the Monegasques were up with the best, clinching two wins and two 2nd places. They pulled off some spectacular come-backs on the upwind and downwind legs, enough to compensate for some not so sharp starts. Result: Malizia consistently created excellent opportunities to stay in contact with the front runners.

 

 

From Malizia to Malizia II…

 

The next GC32 meeting is not until Calvi in Corsica (13-16 September), but there will be no holidays for Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann. They head off tomorrow, Sunday 6th August for the start of the legendary Rolex Fastnet Race on the IMOCA 60’ Malizia II.

Ahead lies a 608nm course for the 400 boats on the start in Cowes, via the Fastnet lighthouse south of Ireland, course mark on this most famous offshore race, before finishing in Plymouth.

 

 

Palma de Majorque (2-5 August 2017)

 

Gathered for the second year running in Palma de Mallorca for the 36th Copa del Rey-Mapfre, the GC32 fleet has just finished the third stage on their circuit. Ten of these foiling catamarans were on the start of this high-flying regatta that attracted over 1,500 sailors from 22 nations. For Malizia, helmed by Pierrie Casiraghi, it was a very successful event as they were 4th in the final ranking with two race wins, and equal on points with Esteban Gracia’s 3rd placed Realteam.

It was a fine performance against a highly experienced field that comprises sailors from the offshore race scene and America’s Cup. Victory went to the Japanese team on Mamma Aiuto! led by Naofumi Kamei, ahead of the Americans on Argo.

 

 

Malizia lives up to promise

 

As announced before the start, the men on Malizia had come determined to shine on the Spanish race area, and they did not disappoint. Out of the 14 races held, the Monegasques were up with the best, clinching two wins and two 2nd places. They pulled off some spectacular come-backs on the upwind and downwind legs, enough to compensate for some not so sharp starts. Result: Malizia consistently created excellent opportunities to stay in contact with the front runners.

 

 

From Malizia to Malizia II…

 

The next GC32 meeting is not until Calvi in Corsica (13-16 September), but there will be no holidays for Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Herrmann. They head off tomorrow, Sunday 6th August for the start of the legendary Rolex Fastnet Race on the IMOCA 60’ Malizia II.

Ahead lies a 608nm course for the 400 boats on the start in Cowes, via the Fastnet lighthouse south of Ireland, course mark on this most famous offshore race, before finishing in Plymouth.