Argo was unstoppable while Malizia keeps improving
The second stage of the GC32 Racing Tour, June 28-July 1, 2017, was held in Villasimius, southern Sardinia, the first time the Italian island has hosted these latest generation foiling catamarans. Among the Seven teams at the start was the Monegasque GC32 Malizia, helmed by Pierre Casiraghi, Vice-President of the Yacht Club of Monaco.The whole Malizia team made the trip, including the IMOCA 60, Malizia II, led by Boris Herrmann and kite-surfer Maxime Nocher.
After ten races, Jason Carroll’s American crew on Team Argo won the event, ahead of Esteban Garcia’s Swiss team on Realteam skippered by Jérôme Clerc, with the Japanese Mamma Aiuto! completing the podium.
Adjusting the sails to master the wind
In Villasimius, the Malizia crew once again proved they like windy conditions, coming 3rd in the Anonimo Speed Challenge, an unrestrained test of the pure power of these machines.With an improved average speed of 27.28 knots, the Monegasque GC32 was on the third step of the podium just behind the American Team Argo (27.87 knots) and the Spanish Movistar (28.17 knots).
Malizia tactician Seb Col said the big breeze conditions today were some of the best he has seen. “It was perfect sailing today, very fast, nice waves, a lot of fun, and good training for Palma. I think what we had today could be quite similar to what we get in Palma.” On the final day in a brisk 18-knot wind, Malizia proved their potential in the big conditions, winning the ninth race and finishing 2nd in the 8th position.
“After missing out for being over the line the day before, we were determined to pull off at least one validated win! It’s really motivating for everyone in the team who I salute for their determination and enthusiasm. Next meeting, Spain!” comments Pierre Casiraghi.
The third stage of the GC32 Racing Tour will be in Palma de Mallorca, August 2-5, 2017, an area known for high winds, just the conditions Malizia likes.
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean