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Monaco’s Malizia II embarks on latest transatlantic race

Monaco’s Malizia II embarks on latest transatlantic race

By Stephanie Horsman - October 29, 2019

The Malizia II, best known for its recent Atlantic crossing with teen activist Greta Thunberg from Plymouth to New York, is out on the high seas once again.

Crewed by German Boris Hermann and Englishman Will Harris, the Malizia II is racing in the 14th edition of the Transat Jacques Vabre, a race following the famed coffee route from La Havre to Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

The vessel set sail last Sunday and is being supervised by the Monaco Yacht Club’s Vice-President Pierre Casiraghi. They are currently off France’s west coast and are in 10th place out of 29 competing boats in the Imoca category. 

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“An integral part of our sailing policy, Malizia II is the Yacht Club de Monaco’s offshore flagship and competes in world-renowned events to get our young racers dreaming and perhaps steer them towards new vocations. With 29 IMOCAs on the start, the level has never been so high. That’s going to be very motivating for our Monegasque team as they face the big offshore specialists. This edition will be a chance to see how these very promising additions to the class perform, they really fly, but it’s not certain how they behave under race conditions. The range of new features in terms of their design is without precedent. This transatlantic should be a spectacular and exciting race. A fantastic rehearsal a year before the Vendée Globe!, says Pierre Casiraghi, YCM Vice-President.

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The race will no doubt be exciting, but it also serves as a dry run for the Vendée Globe, the solo, non-stop around-the-world race founded in 1989 by Philippe Jeantot, which takes place every four years and will next be run in 2020 with Mr Hermann at the helm.

This race also carries important environmental impacts, as the sailing ship will travel without emitting any CO2 owing to two hydraulic generators and two 1.3kw solar panels which will run all operating systems. Additionally, the boat is kitted out with ocean sensors that allow data to be gathered regarding CO2 levels in the seas at different points throughout the voyage.



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