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The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team kick off the inaugural Sailing Trophy with a first leg win.

The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team’s ‘Racing for the Planet’ claimed victory in the first leg of the inaugural Sailing Trophy. The opening leg of the event between Cascais and Sesimbra was the first race for the team, making victory all the more special.

Organised in partnership with the Clube Naval de Cascais, the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy is the first event of its kind, as the offshore racing world takes its first steps back into the water, in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Strict medical procedures were in place throughout the run up to the event, including covid-19 tests for all competitors and support staff, regular medical exams and protection measures.

The race began in light wind conditions as an impressive fleet of more than 50 boats crossed the start line, hoping to take home a share of the prize pool of over €30,000. The event is being held to raise awareness and important funds for marine conservation projects.

The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team led the fleet from the beginning and soon built an impressive lead over the field that included a second VO65 boat, crewed by The Austrian Ocean Race Project. Racing downwind, ‘Racing for the Planet’ arrived in Sesimbra with a lead of approximately one hour over its rival VO65.

The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team’s ‘Racing for the Planet’ was crewed by a star lineup of sailors for the team’s first race. Skipper Yoann Richomme’s crew has an accumulated 12 Volvo Ocean Race campaigns between them and includes winners Charles Caudrelier and Jack Bouttell.

Yoann Richomme, Skipper of the Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team said: “The race went really well. We had some fun racing and the crew were absolutely incredible. Everything we practiced over the last four days paid off, and all our maneuvers went to plan. I’m glad to see hard work and preparation lead to a race win. We are looking forward to getting back on the water tomorrow for the return leg to Cascais and aim to win this event.”