Monaco-Calvi Crossing Record Set
First outing – first challenge
With a steady 20 knots in the Bay of Monaco gusting up to 40 in Corsica, the crossing was set to be a challenge. Strong conditions like those seen on famous offshore races forced the crew to take in two reefs at the start (a manoeuvre to reduce sail surface area in strong wind conditions). There was no respite for the three-man crew who had to keep cool heads throughout the crossing and even managed to maintain 23 knots for over an hour. Malizia II crossed the finish at 21.35.18 having covered the 90nm in 4 hours 30 minutes, just 17 minutes shy of the kite surfer’s record. For a first outing, it was an excellent result, especially as it set a first record for this size of boat on this route.
“It was a fantastic experience,” commented Pierre Casiraghi on his arrival in Calvi. “Despite choppy conditions against us, we managed to hold our course and maintain an average speed of 20 knots throughout the crossing, with a top speed of 27 knots. We’re going to have another crack at beating Maxime’s time for the experience.” It’s a view shared by Boris Herrmann delighted at having been able to maximize the power of this new flagship in the Monegasque fleet.
Encourage youngsters in the Yacht Club de Monaco’s Sports Section to dream of offshore
Eager as always to share this experience with young sailors, Pierre Casiraghi organized a meeting with around 50 children from the YCM’s Sports Section on Wednesday, June 7. It was a special moment for these youngsters, all passionate about sailing and interested to find out more about the foiling mono-hull. As YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri explained, “This IMOCA 60 was Sébastien Josse’s who first started sailing here. He also participated in the last Vendée Globe.” The anecdote captured the attention of his young audience who had the privilege of sailing on the 60ft mono-hull, a great experience for this new generation of racers.
Vendée Globe 2020 in their sights
Although the GC32 Malizia remains the priority for this year - “we’re going to focus on the GC32 circuit and gradually get to grips with the IMOCA” - the Monegasques will be back on Malizia II on June 17th for the Club’s annual Fête de la Mer parade alongside the Club’s classic yacht, Tuiga.
The 60ft will also be heading for England on August 6 to compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race between Cowes and Plymouth, a 600nm classic, before participating in the Palermo-Montecarlo (August 21-26, 2017), another major offshore race of 500nm that Pierre is particularly fond of having won it twice: “The route along the coasts of Sardinia and Corsica is stunning. It’s a wonderful event with an always welcoming and friendly reception put on by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia at the start in Sicily.”
It may be a childhood dream for these two sailors, but it is also inspiring a young generation already won over by this new boat.