Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wild Sardinian Storm Halts Maxis At 2012 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Today’s scheduled second day of racing at the 2012 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup was abandoned due to thunder, lightning, torrential rain and extreme gusts. Porto Cervo in Sardinia is more known for its blue skies and sunshine in early September than severe squalls and threatening hail storms.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
“Our intention was to have coastal races for four classes and windward/leeward racing for the Mini Maxis,” said Principal Race Officer Peter Craig. “We delayed the start this morning because we had reports of a very confused sea state which we decided to let settle with every intention of getting racing underway. Things then looked good. The breeze was further east than predicted and about 10-14 knots.”
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Around midday, the elements took a turn for the worse.

“Unfortunately reports about conditions inside the strait led to some different decisions as the situation deteriorated very quickly. Wind speeds of 25 knots became 35 knots with hail and cloud formations which we deemed to be unsafe,” Craig said.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The Race Committee had no alternative than to call the 34-strong international fleet back off the water.
The forecast for the coming days remains hard to predict due to the intense low pressure system prevailing over the northeast of Sardinia.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Weather permitting, tomorrow sees windward/leeward racing scheduled for the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship and coastal races for the other four classes. Crews will now expect to race on Thursday, previously scheduled as a lay day.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The competition’s current leaders after yesterday’s first day of racing are: Rán 2 (GBR) in the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship;Velsheda in Maxi Racing; Aegir (GBR) in Maxi Racing/Cruising;Nilaya (GBR) in Supermaxi and Magic Carpet 2 (GBR) in Wally.

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