Giampaolo Montavoci the throttleman, Guido Cappellini the driver, returning to fly together on the water, waiting for Dubai

Spirit of Gabon 74Giampaolo Montavoci will be in the cockpit beside Guido Cappellini aboard Spirit of Gabon, for the next C-1 World Championship race in the African Country by the city of Libreville. As usual, he will be throttleman while Guido will be the driver.

Montavoci and Cappellini can count on a successful partnership in Class-1, right on that very same boat (aka Poliform 74): they raced together 11 times with two third places (in Brasil and Dubai 2010) and a victory (Cernobbio 2011).


Pairing up with Giampaolo makes me confident: not only we are a proven team but he has also demonstrated a good feeling in the first tests with the new Mercury engines. I’m sure we can be very competitive from the very first minute in the Guinea Gulf.


After a one-race break, I’m back in the top Championship with the usual determination. After all, I’ve been racing in Class-1 since 1998, never skipping any championship and attending over 100 races. My experience, and even more the team spirit with Guido, will be surely useful on a completely new race field.

Montavoci-Cappellini, returning to fly together, waiting for Dubai

A class-1 boat is 40ft long minimum, with a couple of engines limited to 850HP each (1700 total) for top speed on the water in the 140s knots (over 160mph or 250 Km/h), driven by two pilots in a small yet perfectly functional cockpit. When seen closely and out of the water, a C-1 catamaran is even sleeker and more impressive than on the water.

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