Vittorio Malingri landed at Translated9. Who is there in his place


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Vittorio Malingri (pictured right) is no longer the skipper of Translated9 on the world tour. In his place Simon Curwen (photo left)

It is official. Vittorio Malingri is no longer on board Translated9.

No Cape Horn for Vittorio Malingri

Marco Trombetti’s Swan 65, leading the crewed Ocean Globe Race around the world, will set sail for the third leg (the one from Auckland to Punta del Este, Uruguay, via Cape Horn, departure Jan. 14) with a new skipper, Simon Curwen. Now it remains to be seen whether Malingri’s absence will be felt in the coming stages….

As we told you, the Swan 65 Translated9, skippered by the famous 62-year-old ocean sailor Vittorio Malingri, was penalized 72 hours at the end of the second leg of the Ocean Globe Race, for an infraction of the rule that prohibits repairing sails in the sailmaker’s shop, but only on board the boat.

Malingri, as skipper, took full responsibility for sending three sails to the sailmaker, as well as failing to notify the jury that he had done so: for which an additional 100 hours of penalty had been added for failure to declare the skipper. Vittorio Malingri took all the blame, claiming that the crew and shipowner were unaware of the decision to have the sails repaired in the sailmaker’s shop.

So the jury had to cancel the 100-hour penalty, allowing Translated9 to still remain at the top of the leaderboard. There was a possibility that Malingri would remain on board “demoted” from the role of skipper, but this was not the case.

Here is a statement from Marco Trombetti, owner of Translated:

Translated9’s statement

“I built this project with Vittorio and wanted to complete it with him. He prepared the boat, trained the young crew, and won the first two legs-a true master of the sea. Unfortunately, he made a serious mistake. I appreciate your sense of responsibility in resigning. We designed the new team to continue winning, and I believe we will succeed.

Swan 65 - Marco Trombetti
Marco Trombetti, CEO and founder of Translated and owner of the Swan 65 Translated9 currently leading the world tour

Simon Curwen, navigator of Translated 9, winner of the Golden Globe Race Chichester Class and named best sailor of the year in 2023 by the UK Sailing Association, will become Translated 9’s co-skipper. Nico Malingri (Vittorio’s son) is confirmed as chief mate and Pietro Luciani is the new navigator.

For the young crew members, including Nico, this is an opportunity to take on new responsibilities. Each of them can take a small piece of the work Vittorio was doing for everyone. Today, “We Believe in Humans” (the claim of Translated, a company that offers “pro” translation services) is for young crew members who will do something they think is bigger than what they can do.”

Who is Simon Curwen, Vittorio Malingri’s replacement

Simon Curwen was born in Emsworth, UK, 63 years ago, but is Breton by adoption because he lives in the Morbihan, near Pontivy, with a nautical base in Lorient, France. Inspired by early adventurers Sir Francis Chichester, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, and the pioneers of solo sailing, Simon began drifting at an early age.

Simon Curwen

In the 1990s he switched to keelboats. Later, Curwen ventured into the Mini Class, campaigning on a prototype in 2000-2001 and eventually participating in the 2001 Mini Transat. Aboard the Biscay 36 “Clara” she won the 2018-2019 Golden Globe Race (non-stop solo round-the-world race on vintage boats organized, like the Ocean Globe Race, by Don McIntyre).




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