Malingri vs Beccaria, the crazy Portofino-Giraglia-Portofino challenge with mini cat. So cold!

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beccaria-malingriSet off!One hundred and fifty miles of splashing and in-your-face waves in the November chill, clinging to the trapeze aboard 20-foot-long beach catamarans in constant glide. That’s what awaits the two crews competing in a race for two that is absolutely crazy and for that reason fascinating. The crazy Portofino-Giraglia Portofino challenge was born in early May when we saw them together onstage at a meeting on “sea crazies” at the TAG Heuer VELAFestival, and we like to think they’ve been plotting something ever since. Ambrogio Beccaria Balduzzi and Vittorio Malingri both set out for the Portofino-Giraglia-Portofino record (150 miles) aboard uninhabitable catamarans. Actually, it was Malingri, the creator of the record, who proposed the challenge to Beccaria, who was happy to accept. Who will win? Beccaria left Portofino yesterday at 2 p.m. (and arrived after 17 hours and 18 minutes, at an average speed of 8.82 knots), Malingri this morning at 7:49 a.m. Let’s get to know in detail the “duelists”…

cata01THE TALENT OF “BOGGI”
Ambrogio Beccaria, former 2015 and 2016 Italian mini 6.50 class champion in the series boats, and fresh second in the Les Sables-Acores-Les Sables solo transat for minitransats, will attempt the record, in the company of friend and multihull expert Bernardo Zin, aboard Ambeco Record Edition, a very fast Formula 18(5.52 m x 2.6 m) catamaran capable of sailing at 11 knots upwind and 20 across.

schermata-2016-08-04-a-15-36-40-205x300UGO AND THE DWARF
Vittorio Malingri a.k.a. Ugo, the Italian sailor with the most miles on his back (reportedly 400,000), exponent of a veritable “dynasty” of ocean sailors will be along with his son Nico, a.k.a. the Dwarf (the two are part of the Citroen Unconventional Team). They will try it on their 20-foot Feel Good carbon cat (6.09×3.00 m), equipped with terraces and batteries, built by Vittorio for this kind of feat (fresh off the record of crossing the Mediterranean from Marseille to Tunis in 43 hours in August. In 2017 they will try it on the legendary Dakar-Guadaloupe route). A catamaran that is longer (and therefore potentially faster, with peaks of 25 knots) but heavier than Ambrose and Bernardo’s: the F18 has the advantage of being faster in light airs, but with a smaller range of use (with 25 knots of air it becomes difficult to carry).

14707989_1224110887650151_2020778800348768206_oWHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR?
The challenge will be interesting. And in total friendship. The two crews, as the opening photo shows, trained together in Tigullio. The feat will be told through comic strips by Davide Besana. Who are you rooting for?

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