The Crew

Our crew is a wonderful tapestry of diversity, perfectly embodying our values.

Meet The Crew

After a year-long selection process, Translated 9 picked a crew from 1,500 applicants worldwide. The result is a wonderful tapestry of diversity, perfectly embodying our values of hard work, commitment, cooperation, inclusivity, resilience, and passion. Comprising 17 sailors from 7 different nations (Italy, France, Turkey, Germany, Belgium, the UK, and the United States), the crew is united by its shared language: an unbridled passion for the ocean.

Embarking on this epic adventure are: Marco Trombetti, the shipowner and co-skipper; Isabelle Andrieu, the team coach; Vittorio Malingri, the co-skipper and technical manager for legs 1-2; Simon Curwen, the navigator for legs 1-2 and the co-skipper for leg 3; Nico Malingri, the chief mate; and Pietro Luciani, navigator for legs 3-4, alongside Niccolò Banfi, Maretta Bigatti, Deniz Derin Bınaroğlu, Marco Borgia, Baptiste Gillot Devillers, Sophie Fontanesi, Emiel Joye, Paul Marshall, Teresa Marshall, Ezgim Mistikoğlu and Connie Stevens.

Marco Trombetti

LEGS 1/3

Co-skipper & Team Manager, 47 years old, computer scientist, entrepreneur, and investor.
Co-founder of Translated, shipowner and team manager of Translated 9. Marco, the founder of the Translated 9 project, is completely new to sailing and decided to embark on this extraordinary endeavor because he loves challenges that seem bigger than most people think possible.

Isabelle Andrieu


Team Coach, 48 years old. Entrepreneur, co-founder, and chairwoman at Translated. Isabelle deeply believes in the values and strength of the team. At Translated, she takes care of the well-being of employees and co-workers, facilitating their professional and personal growth. She is a strong advocate for women's empowerment.

Vittorio Malingri

LEGS 1/2

Co-skipper & Technical Manager, 62 years old, ocean navigator, world-record-setting sailor and boat builder. He holds the roles of co-skipper and technical manager on Translated 9, where he oversaw the boat's refitting process and the training and preparation of the crew. He is set to compete in the entire OGR.

Simon Curwen

LEGS 1/2/3/4

Co-skipper & Navigator, 64. An experienced racer, he has competed on the RORC and JOG offshore circuits and in a Mini Transat (he still holds the best Mini Transat result of any British singlehanded sailor, finishing second in the 2000-2001 event). He competed in the Golden Globe Race, a non-stop solo race around the world, finishing in 234 days as the first solo skipper to complete the course.

Nico Malingri

LEGS 1/2/3/4

Co-skipper (Leg 4) & Chief Mate (Legs 1/2/3), 32 years old, ocean navigator and record-setting sailor, chief mate of Translated 9. He grew up on his father's boat and has been sailing his entire life. Together with Vittorio, they set the record for the Dakar-Guadeloupe transatlantic crossing.

Pietro Luciani

LEGS 3/4

Navigator, 38, architect and accomplished sailor. He has logged over 100,000 miles on the Mediterranean and Atlantic Oceans. He has successfully completed seven Atlantic crossings on Class40 boats, including prestigious races like the Transat Jacques Vabre. Pietro was crowned the winner of the Class40 Championship in 2019.

Niccolò Banfi

LEGS 1/2/3/4

Sailor, 23 years old, Academy of Fine Arts graduate. He belongs to a family of admirals, commanders, and submariners in the Marina Militare, the Italian Navy. The motto of the Amerigo Vespucci (the Marina Militare’s most famous vessel) is “Not those who begin but those who persevere”. Niccolò has taken this motto to heart.

Riccardo Serranò


Sailor 62 years old, Riccardo is an experienced sailor, captain, skipper, shipowner, and marine rigger. He started sailing as a child and has since won the Italian Offshore Championship twice, along with the title of Best Italian Shipowner once. He was selected as one of the finalists for the Italian Sailor of the Year.

Derin Deniz Bınaroğlu

LEGS 1/2/3/4

Sailor, 21 years old, studying International Trade at Boğaziçi University. Having started sailing when he was 6, he will be the youngest Turkish man ever to take part in a round-the-world regatta.

Baptiste Gillot Devillers (FRA)

LEGS 1/2/3/4

Sailor, 25 years old, swimming teacher/lifeguard and graduate from the University of Rouen. He started sailing at 7 on an Optimist in Dieppe, Normandy. His best result was finishing first in the French National High School Championship and third in the French National Dinghy Championship.

Connie Stevens


Sailor, 22 years old, started sailing at the age of 7 and has since competed in major British and European dinghy and yacht regattas. With the support of British youth development programs, she is rapidly developing into an offshore sailor. Her father participated in the 1989 race on Satquote British Defender

Emiel Joye


Sailor, 22 years old, with a Master's in Nautical Sciences, started sailing at 13. Living on his sailboat during university, he sailed around England, France, and the Netherlands. Currently a second officer in the offshore industry, he's set to celebrate his birthday on January 14, 2024, coinciding with the start of Leg 3, a significant milestone in his maritime journey.

Sophie Fontanesi


Sailor, 18 years old, the youngest member of our racing team. She started sailing at 9, achieving outstanding results in European championships on an Optimist dinghy and taking first place in 2018. She dedicates her spare time to community and charity activities on board her boat.

Teresa Marshall


Sailor, 48 years old, Vice President, Globalization & Localization at Salesforce. Teresa is a renowned and valued professional within the localization industry. She is also generous and a passionate sailor. Teresa and Paul have been crewing in the US with legendary skipper Paul Cayard for Translated 9 US.

Paul Marshall

LEGS 2/4

Sailor, 59 years old, English as a Second Language instructor. His spirit of adventure led him on a five-year sailing journey around the globe, participating in many offshore races such as the Sydney to Hobart race, the Transpac, and the ARC transatlantic race.

Maretta Bigatti


Sailor, 22 years old, studying Sports Science at university. Maretta is a tireless sailor and a fantastic team player. She actively participated in the refitting process, making a valuable contribution. With boundless passion and total commitment, she has grown as a sailor, earning her spot on the crew.

Ezgim Mistikoğlu

LEGS 1/2/3/4

Sailor, 21 years old, student at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. She leads Maastricht University’s sailing club as their president. She will be the first Turkish woman to sail around the world.

Marco Borgia


Sailor, 42 years old, passionate sailor, excels in national and international offshore races. As a skilled small cabin sailboat owner, he's achieved success in Italian championship races, securing two titles in 2015 and 2017. Known for technical skills and a positive attitude, Marco played a key role in crew selection with Translated and the Malingri team, fostering a success-oriented atmosphere emphasizing technical goals and personal growth.

Translated 9 Shore Crew

Paul Cayard

Translated 9 Ambassador

Valerio Lanni

General Manager

Chiara Sansoni

PR & Project Manager

Patrizia Boglione

Brand Director

Matteo Licci

Visual Designer

Riccardo Serranò

Captain and Instructor (pre-regatta)

Gianluca Sansoni

Advisor, first member of the team

Gigio Russo, Guido Cavalazzi

North Sails

Stefano Leonardi

Advisor, Fleet Management

Marco Veglia

Naval Designer

Stefano Pelizza

ISD, consultant & survey

Francesco Diddi

Sailmaker, Translated 9 US

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Paul Cayard

Paul Cayard, a legendary 7-time world champion and 7-time America’s Cup competitor who has twice circumnavigated the globe and became the first American to win the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1998, is the Translated 9 Ambassador. His work has involved training ocean lovers, including Translated's clients and localization industry professionals, who aspired to be part of Translated 9 ’s crew for the Ocean Globe Race 2023 in the San Francisco Bay area and for the upcoming regattas. He offers invaluable guidance to Translated and delivers exceptionally inspiring speeches to the team, emphasizing that "if you remain in your comfort zone, that is where you will fail. Success is not a comfortable process. It is a challenging achievement. Therefore, you must become comfortable with being uncomfortable if you truly desire success. Start applying pressure to yourself!"

If you would be excited to train with us in San Francisco under the guidance of the legendary Paul Cayard, send an email to

From the start of the OGR and for the duration of the race, he will offer weekly race analysis on Translated 9 's social media platforms and website.

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