Andrea Mura sets sail for the Global Solo Challenge

By Margherita Pelaschier / Global Solo Challenge
On a gray autumn afternoon in the bay of A Coruña, with light southwesterly winds, Andrea Mura departed on November 18th at 14:00 local time (13:00 UTC) for his Global Solo Challenge, joining the fleet of thirteen competitors already at sea. Vento di Sardegna, the Italian sailor’s Open 50’, swiftly cut through the water, proudly displaying the Italian flag and the Sardinian standard on its hull. Andrea, tired from the strenuous preparation of the preceding months but motivated, finally looked towards the horizon with calmness.

His family, his wife Daniela and his young children Lucas and Marvel, accompanied him to the starting line on the organization’s RIB. It was a moving and shared moment, and during his journey, they will continue to support him and give him the necessary strength, albeit from afar.

For Mura, who in his maritime career has spanned from Olympic campaigns to the America’s Cup, circumnavigating the world solo was a dream he no longer wanted to postpone. Now or never. The innovative format of the Global Solo Challenge immediately appealed to Andrea. He saw in this event the opportunity to realize a project he had attempted before but which had foundered in 2016, when, due to lack of funds, he lost the opportunity to participate in the Vendée Globe. “I was aiming for the Vendée Globe because I wanted to push myself beyond the competitions I had already won. Unfortunately, that project did not come to fruition. Now, the GSC offers me the opportunity to sail around the world with my 23-year-old boat.”

Indeed, Vento di Sardegna, born from the design of Umberto Felci, has always proven to be sturdy, reliable, and well-built, and with a proven track record of results. Andrea had purchased it as a training boat before transitioning to the IMOCA class. Nonetheless, over the years, Andrea has optimized and kept the boat competitive. He changed the mast and the rigging, lightened the bulb, and, thanks to the sponsor Lamborghini, rebuilt the rudders and stanchions in titanium.

Interviewed by the organization before his departure, Andrea shared the numerous challenges he had to overcome during the preparations. On several occasions, he almost decided to abandon the project, but in mid-August, he made the final decision: he would be on the starting line on November 18th…

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SkipperBoat NameBoatTCCStart
1. Dafydd HughesBendigedigS&S 340.890STARTED 26/08/23
2. Édouard De KeyserSolarWindSolaire 341.010STARTED 17/09/23
3. Louis RobeinLe Souffle de la Mer IIIX-371.020STARTED 30/09/23
4. Philippe DelamareMowgliActual 461.089STARTED 30/09/23
5. Pavlin NadvorniEspresso MartiniFarr 451.188STARTED 21/10/23
6. Ari KänsäkoskiFujiClass401.208STARTED 21/10/23
7. William MacBrienPhoenixClass401.210STARTED 21/10/23
8. David LingerKoloa MaoliClass401.215STARTED 29/10/23
9. Juan MeredizWaypointClass401.225RETIRED Autopilot
10. Cole BrauerFirst LightClass401.225STARTED 29/10/23
11. François GouinKawan 3Class401.225STARTED 29/10/23
12. Riccardo TosettoObportusClass401.230STARTED 29/10/23
13. Ronnie SimpsonSparrowOpen 501.250STARTED 29/10/23
14. Alessandro TosettiAspraULDB 651.250STARTED 29/10/23
15. Andrea MuraVento di SardegnaOpen 501.370STARTED 18/11/23
16. Kevin Le PoidevinRoaring FortyOpen 401.240NEXT 21/11/23
17. Curt Morlock6 Lazy KOpen 601.47009/12/23
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SkipperBoat NameBoatTCCStart
19. Ivan DimovBlue IbisEndurance 370.890DNS
20. Peter BourkeImagineOpen 401.250DNS Medical
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