There’s still everything to play for! That’s the philosophy that will be driving Pierre Casiraghi and his team on Malizia as they line up for the start of the GC32 Racing Tour.
Today the penultimate stage of the GC32 Racing Tour started in Sotogrande on the Costa del Sol in Spain.
Spain is still smiling to the Monegasque boat, winner in the owner-driver category and 4th in the final overall ranking of the 35th Copa del Rey, which was held in August in Palma de Majorca. Malizia crew demonstrated impressive skills and fighting spirit aboard their fully foiling catamaran, sailing under the Yacht Club de Monaco flag. This team has been sailing for the first time in this top level Mediterranean circuit that includes America’s Cup and Olympic sailors. They have finished in the top three of five of the 12 races, which can be considered a very high result.
Located 25km from Gibraltar, the Andalusian race area in limpid waters off a golden sandy coast promises some excellent racing for the fleet of seven GC32s in competition this weekend: "With the light conditions forecast, good starts will be all important.”
“Our aim is to stay in the top five. It will be difficult for sure, as all the teams are getting better at every event. But it’s all still wide open,” reckons Malizia's helmsman Pierre Casiraghi. “We’re just one point adrift of 4th place and 6 points off 3rd in the provisional ranking.”
This penultimate stage sees the return of Sébastien Col, absent from the last event, sailing alongside Boris Herrmann, Richard Mason and Alister Richardson who replaces Adam Piggott for the week.
More information you can find on the Official website of the GC32 Racing Tour.
Keep up with the result here.