Thursday, May 26, 2011

Line Honours For Alegre In Rolex Volcano Race

Photos: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
Alegre, the stunning Mills 68 owned by Andres Soriano has won the inaugural Rolex Volcano Race, the offshore race for the maxi and mini maxi yachts at Rolex Capri Sailing Week.
Photos: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
The finish has been set off the island of Alicudi, the most westerly of the Aeolian Islands. The course was shortened by the race committee due to a lack of wind in the southern Tyrrhenian Sea.

Alegre's afterguard includes Kiwi Simon Main, Britain's Simon Fisher and Francesco de Angelis, who  Skippered Luna Rossa in the America’s Cup.  Born and bred in Naples, De Angelis was  over the moon.

“We understand the reason why the race has been shortened, it would have been too long a race for the other teams. Technically it has been a tricky race with many difficult points and decisions to make but it has been enjoyable," De Angelis said by satellite phone, after Alegre crossed the finish line.

"The team has sailed well and everybody on board Alegre is very happy. I had the honour of sailing with Alegre at last year’s Rolex Capri Sailing Week and I was very happy to have the opportunity to sail with the team again. It is a great group of sailors that Andres Soriano has put together. We have pushed hard on the boat but also we have enjoyed our time together. Andres Soriano has steered throughout his watch and was helming the boat as we crossed the finish line, as he did at the start.”

An epic battle continues for second place between Wild Joe, the Hungarian canting keel 60 footer, skippered by Marton Josza and Danilo Salsi’s Swan 90, DSK Pioneer Investments. These two have been match racing since passing Capri. This morning, Wild Joe pulled ahead of DSK Pioneer Investments for the first time in the race and they are both expected to finish by sunset tonight.

Lulu Roseman

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