Friday, September 5, 2014

The Stage is Set For Battle at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo

Dramatic showdowns have been set up for the final races at the 2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Verdicts in three classes will be decided during tomorrow’s decisive day. All classes sailed a coastal course today with around seven knots from the north at the start, building to a 12-15 knot north-easterly midway through the race.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship is living up to its pre-event billing as the tightest and most competitive in its five-year history. Heading into today’s critical coastal race, just two points separated the leading three teams.
Alegre Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Consistency, sound decision-making and taking only calculated risks are credited as the determining factors in such a tight championship. Andres Soriano’s Alegre, three-time runner-up, is proving the most reliable performer.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
“It’s going to be a very competitive week. One mistake and that’s that,” Soriano said ahead of the competition. 
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Today Alegre assumed impressive control of the 25-nm long coastal race after rounding the first mark well ahead of her rivals. Her lead remained unthreatened for the remainder of the race, which took yachts south to Mortoriotto, back up the coast into the Maddalena Archipelago and a brief glimpse of Bomb Alley, before turning north to Monaci and the run home.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Robertissima III, the Italian-crewed boat (and former Rán 2, last year’s winning yacht), has enjoyed a terrific week and today claimed second place. She trails Alegre by three points ahead of tomorrow’s two scheduled windward/leeward races, and Alegre’s crew know from bitter experience that such a margin is vulnerable. 
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
“We’ve been playing averages. It would have been nice to have put more points between ourselves and Robertissima ahead of the final day, but these two boats now have a jump on the fleet. We can’t let them [Robertissima] get away. We need to be cautious [tomorrow] and keep it close,” said Alegre’s Olly Cameron.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The learning curve for Robertissima owner Roberto Tomasini Grinover and his crew has been steep but one they are mounting at impressive velocity. 
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
“We are an inexperienced team in this class. Less than a year ago, we were here looking at the 72-ft boats and said how wonderful they were. It's a dream to be part of this class and it is not only about great boats but top class teams. We want to be very competitive,” explained tactician Vasco Vascotto.
Bella Mente Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Niklas Zennström’s Rán crew started the week as the defending champion and have experience in making dramatic comebacks in Porto Cervo, but today’s sixth place on his new Rán 5 has all but ended the crew’s chances of a fourth title in five years. A new champion is all but guaranteed after 2012 victor Bella Mente also struggled in today’s coastal race, leaving Hap Fauth’s crew in fourth.

Wally Form
Y3K Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Engaging competition and a dramatic final day is also offered by the Wally class. Four-time winner, Claus-Peter Offen and Y3K are tied on points with defending champion Jean-Charles Decaux and his J One crew. And one point behind lies Magic Carpet 3. Y3K performed better of the three teams today, finishing in third while J One claimed fourth and Owen-Jones’s Magic Carpet 3 had to settle for sixth.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
J-Class report
Lionheart Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The only certainty in the J-Class is that a new champion will be crowned. Velsheda has failed to finish higher than third all week, leaving a three-way battle between Rainbow, Lionheart and Rangerfor the title. The week’s largest boat, the 43.7m Lionheart holds a slender one-point advantage overRainbow, three-time winner Ranger is a further point adrift.
Velsheda chasing Ranger Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Elsewhere, bullets today have handed Firefly (Supermaxi), Lupa of London (Mini Maxi Racing/Cruising) and Highland Fling (Maxi) insurmountable leads in their respective classes.
Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Racing ends tomorrow. Up to two windward/leeward races are scheduled for the Mini Maxi Rolex Worlds fleet, the J-Class and Wally, while the remaining classes will sail a coastal course.

2014 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Provisional Results Day 4

Place, Boat Name, Boat Owner, Races; Total Points

Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship

1. Alegre (GBR), Alegre Yachting Ltd., 1.5-1-3-4-(5)-1.5; 11
2. Robertissima (CAY), Roberto Tomasini, 6-2-1-(5)-2-3; 14
3. Rán 5 (GBR), Niklas Zennstrom 4.5-3-2-2-(7)-9; 20.5

Mini Maxi R/C
1. Lupa Of London (GBR), Jeremy Pilkington, 1-1-2-1; 5
2. Bronenosec (RUS), Alpenberg S.A., 4-2-1-2; 9
3. Arobas (FRA), Gerard Logel, 2-4-3-3; 12

Maxi Racing
1. Highland Fling XI (MON), Irvine Laidlaw, 1-1-1-1; 4
2. Odin (CAY), Tom Siebel, 2-2-2-2; 8
3. Bristolian (GBR), Bristolian Marine Ltd., 4-4-3-3; 14


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

3. Ranger (CAY), R.S.V. Ltd., 1-2-(4)-3-2; 8


Supermaxi

1. Firefly (NED), Eric Bijlsma, 1-1-2-1; 5
2. Inoui (SUI), Marco Vögele, 2-2-1-2; 7
3. Viriella (ITA), Vittorio Moretti, 3-3-3-3; 12


Wally
1. Y3K (GER), Claus Peter Offen, (3)-2-1-3-2; 8
2. J One (GBR), Jean Charles Decaux, 1-(3)-2-2-3; 8
3. Magic Carpet 3 (GBR), Sir Lindsey Owen Jones, 2-1-(5)-1-5; 9


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