Thursday, September 8, 2011

Maxi's Make Most of Mistral in Porto Cervo

Porto Cervo, Italy. 7th September 2011

Racing got off to a spectacular start, albeit a day late, in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup as all 45 competing maxis in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup flew round a 23.5 mile coastal course in a 28 knot Mistral. 
 Maxi fleet rounding Monaci Island Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Leaders of their respective divisions were Ràn 2 (GBR) in the Mini Maxi class, Highland Fling (MON) in the Racing division and DSK (ITA) in the Racing/Cruising division. The 34-metre Nilaya (GBR) took first place in the Supermaxi division while Y3K (GER) won among the Wally fleet. 
DSK Pioneer Investments Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi 
Following Tuesday's abandonment due to the 30+ knot Mistral, the YCCS Race Committee had moved the start forward one hour to accommodate the stronger predicted afternoon winds. Racing kicked off on time at 10.30 a.m. as the 16 participating Mini Maxis hit the start line toward a weather mark and Monaci Island. From there they turned back southward to Mortoriotto Island and then toward the coast, past the Gulf of Pevero and across the finish line just off Porto Cervo. The remaining divisions started 30 minutes later and followed the same course.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), owned by Igor Simcic was the fastest boat round the course and completed the course in just over one hour and 45 minutes, four minutes ahead of direct rival Highland Fling, who was relegated to second place on corrected time.
Ràn 2 Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Competing for the World Title in the Mini Maxi class, Niklas Zennstrom's Ràn 2 dominated all the way while second place on corrected time went to Sir Peter Ogden's Jethou (GBR) and Alegre (GBR) finished third. 

"The breeze was approximately 20 to 24 knots off the start line and we saw as much as 28 at the windward mark and the second mark"  Ràn 2's tactician Adrian Stead said. 
Ràn 2 Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
"A tricky race for us but we came out alright, we managed to get a reasonable jump on most of our opposition at the top mark. We managed to roll Shockwave up the beat and put 30 seconds on them at the windward mark. The Race Committee has quite a difficult task ahead of them looking at the forecast, they made a good call yesterday and today they did a brilliant job of getting a race in before conditions got too extreme."

Provisional results on 07/09/2011

Place, Boat Name, Owner, R1, Total Points

Maxi Racing/Cruising
1) DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA), Danilo Salsi, 1, 1.0
2) Kora 5 (ITA), Paolo Scerni, 2, 2.0
3) Aegir (GBR), Brian Benjamin, 3, 3.0

Maxi Racing

1) Highland Fling (MON), Irvine Laldlaw, 1, 1.0
2) Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), Igor Simcic, 2, 2.0

1) Y3K (GER), Claus Peter Offen, 1, 1.0
2) Magic Carpet 2 (GBR), Sir Lindsay Owen Jones, 2, 2.0
3) Ryokan 2 (FRA), Philippe Ligier, 3, 3.0

1) Nilaya (GBR), Ficaya Ltd, 1/2, 3.0
2) Visione (GER), Hasso Plattner 3/3, 6.0
3) Hetairos (CAY), Rockport Ltd, 2/5, 7.0

The Supermaxi Class is being dual scored in each race under IRC & ORC. The combined scores determine the leaderboard. Individual race scores show IRC race postion/ORC race position.

Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship
1) Rán 2 (GBR), Niklas Zennström, 1.5, 1.5
2) Jethou (GBR), Peter Ogden, 3, 3.0
3) Alegre (GBR), Andres Soriano, 4.5, 4.5

Lulu Roseman

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