Live Ocean Racing finishes first ETF26 Grand Prix season in fifth
Live Ocean Racing competed in the final event of the ETF26 Grand Prix this past weekend finishing up the season in fifth place.

After an eventful season competing at venues across France and Italy, including the stunning Lake Garda during Foiling Week, the team took on their final event of the Grand Prix in La Rochelle, France.

The team, skippered by Liv Mackay, had an encouraging run of results over the four-day event which was hampered by high winds on day one and four.

Mackay was joined onboard by Jo Aleh, Molly Meech and Alex Maloney, with Erica Dawson on site but unable to compete due to injury.

Day one: High winds, racing cancelled

Day two: 7, 5, 6, 2, 3, 4

Day three: 5, 3, 6, 3, 2, 1

Day four: High winds, racing cancelled

Finishing up in 4th place for the La Rochelle regatta.

“This regatta was a great experience for the team. Unfortunately, we only got two out of four days racing but managed to get 12 races in which was good,” said Liv Mackay.

“Because we haven’t spent that much time sailing together as a team, we’ve learnt so much every day we were on the water. Jo, Molly and Alex have done a really good job of switching up the dynamic and getting the boat sailing fast.”

“We did a lot of work in the training camp prior on foiling conditions, and it really paid dividends. We felt a lot more confident in the boat. Getting that experience in has helped us really push the boat hard and it really showed in the reaching starts,” she continued.

“It’s been a great first season for Live Ocean Racing in the ETF26 series. It’s been amazing to be a part of. We will definitely be pushing to perform in 2023, that’s our main goal and we will come with a strong team going into next year,” said Mackay.

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