Eighth place for Alberto Bona and the Class40 IBSA at the 40’ Malouine Lamotte
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Debut and eighth place for Alberto Bona: the first regatta – both solo and crew, together with Sam Manuard, the boat’s designer, and Nicolas Groleau, its builder – was full of emotions and offered him a great opportunity to get to know and be attuned to his Class40 IBSA. The only Italian at the start of the 40’ Malouine Lamotte, Alberto obtained two fifth places and an eleventh place in the three trials: a “long” 24-hour and two shorter coastal races, where the goal was to test the hull, see it in action against opponents and – after so many months in the shipyard – savor once again the adrenaline of competition.
“We learned a lot”, said Bona, “as is always the case with these trials. We will keep on improving, but the fundamental element concerns the performance of the boat: and the speed is there. During the trials we never lost sight of the other boats, and this is the most important factor”.
Now the Class40 IBSA will return to La Trinité-sur-Mer, Alberto’s operational base for the coming months, where he will be able to continue training, perfecting himself and working on all the small details that in a regatta make such a big difference.