Vittorio Malingri sets off again, ready to brave the ocean on a 20-foot catamaran

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In my life I was looking for contact with the planet and with people. In the middle of the sea I find it, I would never stop“. When Vittorio Malingri uttered these words, during the “Madmen or Heroes” event at our VELAFestival, there was a moment of silence then, naturally, applause from everyone, including great sailors such as Giancarlo Pedote and Gaetano Mura and young hopefuls such as Ambrogio Beccaria and Edoardo Raimondo.

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Vittorio Malingri at TAG Heuer VELAFestival

A YEAR OF GREAT CHALLENGES
That Vittorio was not speaking out of turn is confirmed not only by his history but also by the near future. Not content with having traveled hundreds of thousands of miles in every ocean, he has now joined , along with his son Nico, the Citroen Unconventional Team, which also includes world-class others such as surfer Alessandro Marciano, windsurfer Matteo Iachino, and kitesurfer Toni Cili.

Vittorio and Nico, aboard the Feel Good catamaran (a six-meter F20 with no fixed shelters) are preparing for a busy schedule of events. The month of June will be devoted to training, off the Ionian coast in Greece, and further tuning the boat with the help of Cesare Grassotti (Shore Team).

Father and son will thus prepare to set a benchmark time next July on the Marseille-Tunis route and at the end of September on the Portofino-Giraglia route, a route never before beaten by F20-class boats. Instead, in early 2017 the goal will be to break the record in doubles on the Dakar-Guadalupa, the classic F20 ocean record route. The official time to beat is 11gg 11h 25m, held by Frenchmen Pierre-Yves Moreau and Benoît Lequin. To top it off, in August 2017 Feel Good will participate, with no podium ambitions, in the Centomiglia del Garda, a fleet race that is the exact opposite of what the boat and crew were designed and trained for.

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