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Irish Sailors Shane Diviney & Brian Carlin Aboard for Transatlantic Record Challenge by IMOCA 60 Malizia II

2nd September 2019
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The Open 60 Malizia II, climate activist Greta Thunberg’s preferred means of travel to reach New York, will have two Irish in the crew of five for the up-coming Transatlantic record attempt on the return voyage The Open 60 Malizia II, climate activist Greta Thunberg’s preferred means of travel to reach New York, will have two Irish in the crew of five for the up-coming Transatlantic record attempt on the return voyage

The IMOCA 60 Malizia II is one busy boat these days writes W M Nixon. She hit the global headlines by conveying climate activist Greta Thunberg across the Atlantic to New York in a carbon-neutral way courtesy of skipper Pierre Casiraghi of Monaco and shipmate Boris Herrmann of Germany. Now the big speed machine is busy again, gearing up for a west-east stab on the classic New York to Lizard Point Transatlantic course.

Skipper for this venture is Stuart Mclachlan and his no 1 crewman is noted international campaigner Shane Diviney of Howth, with Sharon Ferris-Choat and Arno Bonnert making up the sailing strength, while every aspect of the venture is being recorded by the very experienced cameras and other equipment of Brian Carlin of Tralee. The boat is being sorted to be ready to take advantage of hyper-active developments in the Atlantic weather systems, meanwhile here’s a vid of the busy on-board scene in New York: 

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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