Team Malizia’s Will Harris finishes The Transat en Double and joins the Ocean Race Europe

31st May 2021


Coskipper of Team Malizia, Will Harris has just finished The Transat en Double race with the young Spanish skipper Pep Costa from Concarneau to St Barthélemy in the Figaro Bénéteau. After a long and hard fought race which saw the duo keep pace with the lead pack throughout the race there was a North South split which went against the pair and saw them finish in a respectable 13th position.

It was a very intense race throughout, and although at first it seemed that they were going to opt for the northern option, they were more confident about the south. After 18 days, 11hours, 24 minutes and 36 seconds and an intense battle, they crossed the finish line with a big smile on their face.

“I’m very happy to have finally reached the finish line. We have been pushing our boat as hard as possible for the last 20 days to be in the mix with the rest of the fleet. There were very few times we used the autopilot even favouring to hand steer most of the time to gain more speed. Even though the result wasn’t quite what we wanted, Pep and I are extremely happy with how we sailed the race and performed. The Figaro fleet is the hardest there is and we fought very closely with the top the whole time.” – said Will Harris.


However, there is not much time to rest for Will,  as Team Malizia’s co-skipper is soon heading to Cascais, Portugal, to join Akzonobel Ocean Racing Team as their navigator for the 2nd leg of the Europe Ocean Race. This will be a good training for Will who joins Boris Herrmann onboard the new IMOCA next year in the the full Ocean Race where the duo  will be joined by two other sailors to compete for 9 months racing around the world.

You can follow the race on The Ocean Race website and social media channels.

Good luck to all!


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