Discover Season 2 of the Sailing Squad: a 100% female team aboard a high-tech boat

A team of cameramen on the deck to follow this human and sporting adventure

Miniseries filmed upstream of the Mirabaud Golden Bowl and during it, the Sailing Squad allows young nautical hopefuls to participate together in this mythical race under the watchful eye of a renowned coach.

Participants and their mentor are followed by a film crew to relate, from the inside, this unique experience in four episodes: their first meeting, team experience during training, team-building activities and finally their joint participation in the Mirabaud Golden Bowl.

Broadcast in four 3-minute episodes, June 2-15, 2022:

  • Episode 3: June 10
  • Episode 4: June 15

Coach of the first two seasons of the Sailing Squad, navigator Shirley Robertson is the first British woman to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals (in 2000 and 2004). Now a well-known British TV presenter, she is also a sought-after sports coach.

For the 2022 edition, Mirabaud is looking forward to expanding the range of partners – with the support of Hublot, Forward Wip and the Geneva Nautical Society -, a women’s team and the use of a monocoque on foil , a high-tech boat inspired by the America’s Cup flying machines.

Sailing Squad 2022: an exclusively women’s team

Here are the four young navigators of Season 2, all of whom have participated in world-class competitions and have a world ranking:

• Amanda Björk-Anastassov (Switzerland), 20, Nacra World Champion 15

• Francesca Bergamo (Italy), 25, two-time European Radial Laser Champion

• Daniela Moroz (USA), 21, 5-time Formula Kite World Champion

• Odile Van Aanholt (Netherlands), 24, 49erFX World Champion

Nicolas Mirabaud, managing partner of Mirabaud & Cie says: “By creating this concept, we wanted to offer talented young sailors an original nautical challenge as well as exceptional coaching, with a view to participating in the Golden Bowl Mirabaud, of which we have been partners for more than fifteen years. It is a human and sporting adventure, based on the values ​​of passion, entrepreneurship and team spirit. We look forward to bringing four young women together this year and moving them on a high-tech boat. ”

Shirley Robertson: “Each edition is a challenge because these young sailors are very good in their own discipline and need to learn to sail as a united team in no time. This experience of team building is based on technical exchanges of navigation, search for common solutions as well as moments of shared passion, laughter and great motivation to succeed together. ”

The meeting of the team as well as the first training sessions took place in Valencia in April 2022. In June, the youngsters and their coach meet in Geneva upstream of the Mirabaud Golden Bowl for a sports and mental training before D-Day. On June 11, 2022, the team will be on the starting line on the Persico 69F.

Use of a monocoque on foil, the latest generation high-tech boat

The Persico 69F is a 6.90 meter carbon foil monotype. This racing boat, built by an Italian shipyard, is inspired by the flying gear of the famous America’s Cup.

Navigating a foil boat allows you to fly over the surface of the water and reach speeds of up to 30 knots. It is a boat that requires extreme precision at the helm and perfect coordination of maneuvers. The team spirit and perfect adaptation of each member are essential for the conductor, Shirley Robertson, to lead the crew to victory.

The Mirabaud Golden Bowl (June 10-12, 2022)

Launched in 1939, this world’s largest indoor pool regatta hosts more than 500 boats each year that compete on the theoretical 123-kilometer (66.5-nautical-mile) course from Geneva to Bouveret and back.

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