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Malizia II finishes 12th in the Transat Jacques Vabre

12 November 2019 - 9h47

The crew of Malizia II of the Yacht Club of Monaco has joined the Brazilian coasts in nearly 15 days.

The duo Boris Herrmann and Will Harris joined Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, 14 days 22 hours 28 minutes and 43 seconds after leaving the port of Le Havre. With this time of navigation, Malizia II ranks 12th. It finished just over a day behind Charlie Dalin and Yann Eliès (Apivia), the winners of the Imoca class.

A risky choice of route

The Monegasque boat left the French coast on 27th October and sailed at an average speed of 13.89 knots. For his second participation in the Transat Jacques Vabre, Boris Herrmann has chosen Will Harris as his team-mate. The 25-year-old Briton made his range on the Figaro circuit. The two skippers, who know each other well, decided to take a more westerly route. A risky choice for the Imocas, not very comfortable upwind. 

Suspense until the finish line

Battling with Hugo Boss, the crew of the Yacht Club finally took precedence over their opponent. The British were stopped after a collision with an unidentified floating object (OFNI) north-west of the Canary Islands. In 12th position, Malizia II had to defend its position against Corum and Apicil Group until its arrival in the port of Salvador of Bahia at 7:43am local time.

Audrey Corminboeuf

© Jean-Louis Carli/Alea – Transat Jacques Vabre


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