The Monegasque sailing yacht Malizia won the last stage of the Ocean Race on Tuesday, June 27, from the Hague to Genoa, by crossing the finish line first in the Italian port city.
It was a nice triumph for German skipper Boris Hermann and his crew, who finished in third place overall in this global sailing event. Team Malizia previously won the longest stage of the Ocean Race, from Cape Town in South Africa to Itaji in Brazil and then set the world record for monohull sailing over 24 hours during the leg from Newport (USA) to Aarhus in Denmark.
Team Malizia trumped the yachts Biotherm and Holcim-PRB in the port of Genoa after 11 days and 19 hours at sea from the departure from the Hague (The Netherlands). The Ocean Race started on January 15 in Alicante.
The German skipper was especially pleased that his crew member Rosie Kuiper was the only woman to have participated in the entire event and proudly crossed the finish line. The victory in Genoa also has a historical emotional value because the sailing yacht is named after the Genoese Lanfranco Grimaldi, who had to flee from Genoa and conquered the rock of Monaco as the oldest member of the dynasty and now returned victorious in the port of La Superba.
FILE PHOTO: Malizia