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Nick Moloney
NICK MOLONEY
Nick Moloney
Boat: Skandia
Born: 15/05/68
Lives: Cowes/Saint Malo
Family: Single
Vendee Globes: 0
Australian Nick Moloney is aiming to complete the third leg of a record-breaking mission in the Vendee Globe.

The UK-based sailor is hoping to become the first to lap the planet in a crewed event with stops, set the fastest time non-stop and race solo non-stop.

The 1997-98 Whitbread race took care of the first, and he was on the multihull Orange on its record lap in 2002.

Now Moloney, 36, sailing stable-mate Ellen MacArthur's old boat Kingfisher, is eyeing the last piece in the jigsaw.

The Melbourne-born Moloney's first experience as a professional sailor was as a crewman in the America's Cup in 1992 and 1995.

He then switched from round-the-cans racing to offshore sailing in the 1997-98 Whitbread Round-the-World Race (now Volvo Ocean Race).

In 1998, in a departure from big boat sailing, Moloney became the first person to windsurf across the Bass Strait, taking 22 hours from Australia to Tasmania.

But his next big voyage nearly ended in disaster. Moloney entered the 1999 Mini Transat, a solo transatlantic race, but his yacht was rolled in a storm, breaking his arm, and he was forced to retire.

For the next few years Moloney spent time on the giant multihull PlayStation trying to break speed records and competing in The Race, a non-stop dash around the planet.

The second part of Moloney's triple crown was achieved as a crewman on Bruno Peyron's Jules Verne record-breaking circumnavigation in 2002, setting a time of 64 days for a non-stop lap of the globe.

Since then the focus has been on the Vendee Globe with races such as the single-handed Route du Rhum and the two-handed Transat Jacques Vabre, culminating in fourth place in the 2004 Transat on Skandia.


Results:

2003:
The Transat: 4th on Open 60 Skandia
Atlantic Challenge: 5th
Transat Jacques Vabre: 6th with Sam Davies
Fastnet Race: 5th

2002:
Route du Rhum: 1st in the 50ft class in Ashfield Healthcare
Jules Verne record aboard the Orange maxi-catamaran alongside Bruno Peyron

2001:
Transat Jacques Vabre: 3rd
EDS Atlantic Challenge: 1st with Ellen MacArthur

2001/2000:
The Race aboard giant multihull PlayStation (retired).

1998:
First person to windsurf across Bass Strait

1997:
Whitbread Round-the-World race on Toshiba
Sydney-Hobart: 1st

1995 and 1992:
America's Cup on Challenge Australia and Il Moro di Venezia (1992) and OneAustralia (1995).



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