Thursday, September 8, 2011

Playing Hard and Fast in Breezy Porto Cervo - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Porto Cervo, Italy. 8th September 2011.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Brilliant blue skies and sunshine along with a 18-20 knot Mistral breeze greeted the sailors at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2011 in Porto Cervo this morning.
Magic Carpet 2    Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
These conditions perfectly suited the Mini Maxi class who competed in three windward-leeward races

Ràn 2, with Adrian Stead calling tactics, led the fleet for the duration of both the first and second races of the day and looked certain to dominate the third race also.
Shockwave    Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
However, thanks to some excellent tactical decisions, Shockwave (USA), owned by George Sakellaris, moved into pole position by the second windward leg and went on to take victory in the last race of the day. The provisional overall leaderboard remains unchanged from yesterday with Sir Peter Ogden's Jethou (GBR) in second place behind Ràn and Alegre (GBR), with tactician Francesco De Angelis, in third.

The remaining divisions were sent on a 36 nautical mile coastal course which took them along the Sardinian coastline. The fleet headed north past La Maddalena Island to the Isle of Barrettinelli di Fuori before embarking on a long downwind leg to the finish off Porto Cervo.
Esimit Europa 2    Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
With only two boats racing in the Maxi Racing division, the battle between Esimit Europa 2 and Sir Irvine Laidlaw's Highland Fling (GBR) was fierce. The Slovenian boat completed the coastal course almost 15 minutes ahead of Highland Fling in elapsed time and just managed to hold onto victory on corrected time. Both boats now sit on 3 points in the overall classification with Esimit in lead thanks to today's victory.
Esimit Europa 2    Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
"Today's race was one of the best sailing days of my life. The crew worked in a perfect synergy and all their efforts and the technological improvements to the boat really paid off. We haven't made a single mistake and with a brand new spinnaker we picked up speed at the crucial moments. Big respect to the team, I am really proud of them for what they showed today," said Igor Simcic, owner of Esimit Europa 2.
Y3K Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
In the Wally division Y3K scored their second bullet ahead of Dark Shadow and Magic Carpet 2. The overall classification shows Y3K leading ahead of Magic Carpet 2 and Dark Shadow.
 DSK Pioneer Investments Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Aegir (GBR) was the fastest around the course in the Racing Cruising division and retained the lead on corrected time ahead of DSK and Berenice Bis (ITA), owned by Marco Rodolfi. DSK continues to head the overall classification ahead of Aegir and Paolo Scerni's Kora 5 (ITA).
Nilaya    Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Hasso Plattner's 44.9 metre Visione was the fastest boat in the Supermaxi division, which comprises the largest yachts in the fleet, however the Bermudian ketch Hetairos came out on top today with the combined IRC and ORC scoring system. The 34-metre Nilaya continues to lead in the overall classification followed by Hetairos and Visione respectively.

Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow, Friday 9th September, at 10.30 with windward-leeward races in programme for the Mini Maxi and Wally fleets and a coastal course for all other divisions. Westerly winds of approximately 12 knots are predicted.

Provisional overall results on 08/09/2011

Place, Boat Name, Owner, R1, Total Points

Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship
1) Rán 2 (GBR), Niklas Zennström, 1.5-1-1-4, 7.5
2) Jethou (GBR), Peter Ogden, 3-3-3-2, 11.0
3) Alegre (GBR), Andres Soriano, 4.5-2-2-3, 11.5

Maxi Racing/Cruising
1) DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA), Danilo Salsi, 1-2, 3.0
2) Aegir (GBR), Brian Benjamin, 3-1, 4.0
3) Kora 5 (ITA), Paolo Scerni, 2-4, 6.0

Maxi Racing
1) Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), Igor Simcic, 2-1, 3.0
2) Highland Fling (MON), Irvine Laidlaw, 1-2, 3.0

1) Y3K (GER), Claus Peter Offen, 1-1, 2.0
2) Magic Carpet 2 (GBR), Sir Lindsay Owen Jones, 2-3, 5.0
3) Dark Shadow (MON), André Auberton, 5-2, 7.0

1) Nilaya (GBR), Ficaya Ltd, 1/1-2/4, 8.0
2) Hetairos (CAY), Rockport Ltd, 2/4-1/2, 9.0
2) Visione (GER), Hasso Plattner 3/2-3/1, 9.0

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 position/ORC race position.

Lulu Roseman

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