Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Alegre Leads Mini Maxis at 2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Day 2

Porto Cervo, Sardinia

The Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship fleet engaged in two eight nautical mile windward/leeward races designed to test short-course racing prowess. Strategy, tactics, timing and fitness were examined in equal measure.
Alegre Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Sailed under a clear blue sky, crews found the tight course and shifting wind rewarded advance planning and determination, while punishing hard errors and weakness. Robertissima III proved boat of the day securing a 2,1 scoreline that moved her into second overall 4.5 points behind Alegre, which finished 1,3. Ràn 5 lies in third, a mere half-point back.
Robertissima III Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
“The racing today was highly competitive. We did very well as the conditions on the racecourse were particularly complicated, and it was very technical racing,” said Robertissima’s owner, Roberto Tomasini Grinover.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Both the Wally and J-Class fleets sailed the same courses as the Mini Maxi Racers. With the wind, around 10-12 knots in the first race and 7-9 knots in the second, swinging up to 40 degrees, it was tough going in the contrasting yachts. 
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Y3K leapt to the top of the Wally standings posting a 2,1 score. Defending champion, Jean Charles Decaux’s J One is in second level on points. Lionheart proved the most adept of the J-Class with a bullet and a second. She is now in second overall, level on points with Ranger, and one point behind class leader Rainbow.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The remaining classes undertook a scenic coastal course that saw the yachts head briefly into the Maddalena channel to round Secca dei Tre Monti, before heading south to Mortoriotto. 
Lupa of London  Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The Mini Maxi Racer/Cruisers sailed 24.7nm, while the Supermaxis and Maxis sailed a slighter longer 28.8nm version of the course. Lupa of London strengthened her grip on the Mini Maxi Racer/Cruiser class by finishing in first. 
Firefly Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The two Swans Brononesec and @robas are tied in second after coming in second and fourth respectively. Yesterday’s result was repeated in Supermaxi. Firefly adding a second bullet to lead from Inoui. The same was true of Maxi, where Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling won again.
Robertissima III Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
While the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship fleet battle out another two windward/leewards tomorrow, the rest of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup classes will take on a coastal course.

2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Provisional Results Day 2
Place, Boat Name, Boat Owner, Races- Total Points

Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship

1. Alegre (GBR), Alegre Yachting Ltd., 1.5-1-3; 5.5
2. Robertissima (CAY), Roberto Tomasini, 6-2-1; 9
3. Ran 5 (GBR), Niklas Zennstrom 4,5-3-2; 9,5

Mini Maxi R/C
1. Lupa Of London (GBR), Jeremy Pilkington, 1-1; 2
2. Bronenosec (RUS), Alpenberg S.A., 4-2-; 6
3. Arobas (FRA), Gerard Logel, 2-4; 6

Maxi Racing
1. Highland Fling XI (MON), Irvine Laidlaw, 1-1; 2
2. Odin (CAY), Tom Siebel, 2-2; 4
3. Bristolian (GBR), Bristolian Marine Ltd., 4-4; 8


J-Class
1. Rainbow (NED), SPF JH2, 2-3-1; 6
3. Lionheart (GBR), Stichting Lionheart Syndicate, 4-1-2; 7

3. Ranger (CAY), R.S.V. Ltd., 1-2-4; 7
Supermaxi

1. Firefly (NED), Eric Bijlsma, 1-1; 2
2. Inoui (SUI), Marco Vögele, 2-2; 4
3. Viriella (ITA), Vittorio Moretti, 3-3; 6



Wally
1. Y3K (GER), Claus Peter Offen, 3-2-1; 6
2. J One (GBR), Jean Charles Decaux, 1-3-2; 6
3. Magic Carpet 3 (GBR), Sir Lindsey Owen Jones, 2-1-5; 8


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