The Odyssey (with a happy ending) of Translated9. Today he leaves again for a round-the-world trip!


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Mission accomplished. Translated9, the Italian Swan 65 (19.68 x 4.96 m) engaged in the Ocean Globe Race, the “technology-free” crewed round-the-world race in the footsteps of the first Whitbread conceived by Don McIntyre, returns to racing.

The Odyssey of Translated9

He succeeds after winning a pulse-pounding race after repairing the boat in record time, sailing 1,000 miles between the Falkland-Malvinas and Uruguay, passing the organization’s safety checks and solving a major engine problem.

What had happened to Translated9

On Feb. 9, Marco Trombetti’s boat was sailing the third leg (Auckland-Punta del Este) and was leading in the overall standings when, after rounding Cape Horn, it began taking on water from the rudder area and had to repair to the Falkland-Malvinas. Here, the boat was winged because the damage was not found to be repairable by the crew. We had a crack on the skeg and a delamination of various reinforcements in the rudder area, with some water coming in,” we had been told by the crew. Because the Ocean Globe Race rules prevent receiving outside help, Translated had to withdraw from the third leg, losing its lead in the standings.

The race against time

But the team, with the likes of sailors Nico Malingri (Vittorio’s son, who disembarked after the second leg amid controversy) and Pietro Luciani on board, tried hard to get back into the race. The deadline to be ready on the starting line in Punta del Este (where the Ocean Globe Race boats depart for Southampton, the last leg) was today, and Translated9, in just over two weeks, made it.

Nico Malingri grappling with repairs on Translated9 in the Falkland-Malvinas

They repaired the damage to the skeg in record time to the Falkland-Malvinas, reached punta del Este from the Falklands (about 1,000 miles) and passed rigorous inspection by the race organization to make sure the job was done properly and that the boat was able to sail smoothly for the final leg.

The “mess” of the engine

But it didn’t end there. Icing on the cake, in Punta del Este there was in the meantime also a good problem with the inboard, which stopped. There was a need for a transmission part, but since it is an old engine, finding the replacement was very difficult. Marco Trombetti, who flew from Uruguay to Argentario, where he had been told that a construction site had one available.

Marco Trombetti, owner of the Swan 65 Translated9, flew to Italy from Uruguay to find an engine spare part

Mission accomplished

What an Odyssey! Today is a day of celebration for Translated9, which sets off on its fourth leg (departure is at 2 p.m. local time, 10 a.m. in Italy). The crew demonstrated organization and seamanship. Of course, following the withdrawal in the third leg, he can no longer win, either in the overall or IRC standings. But he will do everything he can to win the last leg! You can follow the Ocean Globe Race tracking at this link.




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