- M • 16/07/1997 • 24 years old
- Yacht Club Italiano
Whilst working in a boatyard specialising in the restoration and construction of wooden boats in the port of Genoa, Matteo Sericano made the acquaintance of Alberto Bona. This encounter would be decisive. Indeed, not only did it give him a ticket to discover the Mini 6.50 universe, it also led to him becoming shore crew to the Italian sailor, first in the Mini and then in Class40, through until the famous Transat Jacques Vabre in 2017.
“From that moment on, the desire to launch my own project became very pressing. That’s how the process of preparing for the Mini Transat 2019 kicked off”, explains the skipper of Gigali, for whom the experience would sadly leave a feeling of incompleteness. Indeed, having finished 7th in the first leg, the Ligurian’s boat was involved in a violent collision with a UFO, which seriously damaged his boat and forced him to retire from the race. “It wasn’t a failure as such, because I learned a great deal, but I promised myself that I’d have another go and succeed in reaching the other side”.
And here he is, back for more on his prototype 888 Eight Cube, having opted for a more modern Ubaldo design this time around. “I’m pleased to get a second opportunity to fulfil my dream. My ambition this year is to sail the race to the best of my ability and that of the boat, whilst continuing to learn about the sea, coloured by a spirit of adventure, respect and competitiveness”, explains Matteo, who believes the Mini Transat lends impetus to development. “I’ve always been fascinated by the horizon, by the sea and especially by the boats sailing on it, so I’ve chosen this path in the hope that one day I’ll become a great sailor.”
- Boat Number: 1011
- Boat Race Name: Gigali
- Category: Proto
- Building year: 2019
- Architecte: Oris D'ubaldo
- Énergie à bord: Panneaux solaires
- Website: http://matteosericano.com