Saturday, September 6, 2014

Winners Are Grinners at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Porto Cervo, 6th September 2014.

The curtain closed on the 25th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship with the victory of Magic Carpet 3 (Wally), Firefly (Supermaxi), Highland Fling (Maxi), Lupa of London (Mini Maxi Racing Cruising) and Lionheart (J-Class) in their respective divisions. Andres Soriano's Alegre claimed the title of Mini Maxi Rolex World Champion 2014 in the event organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the International Maxi Association.
Alegre Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Today's fifth and final day of racing brought near-perfect conditions once again with a brisk 15-20 knots of northerly wind on the race course. While the Mini Maxi, Wally and J-Class boats competed in two windward-leewards, bringing the Minis to the full quota of 8 races run, the remainder of the fleet faced a coastal course bringing them through the infamous "Bomb Alley", around La Maddalena island and back home through the strait of Capo Ferro for a total of approximately 30 nautical miles.
Alegre Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Alegre's victory brings to a close a week of thrilling racing in the fiercely competitive Mini Maxi fleet. Although the US boat with John Kostecki calling tactics led from day one, the delta was minimal and today's racing was decisive. A third and a fourth place were sufficient for Soriano to secure the championship. Roberto Tommasini Grinover takes second place with his Robertissima just half a point ahead of Niklas Zennstrom's Ran 5 which was the boat of the day having posted two bullets.
Alegre crew Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
"We worked hard. The competition is very strong in this fleet. We sailed in Palma a few weeks back and it was not one of our better performance, so it's very nice to come back here, to bounce back and do well. Today was an important day but we raced like we did all week, just trying hard," Soriano said.
Lionheart Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
A battle to the death between the magnificent J-Class boats came to a happy ending for the 43-metre Lionheart which lifted the Rolex timepiece for the division. Ranger and Rainbow, who had also been jostling for the top spot all week, follow in second and third place respectively, separated by just one point each. Rainbow narrowly missed out on victory after being disqualified as a result of a protest in the final race. Today's race winner Velsheda sits in fourth.
Magic Carpet 3 Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
In another highly competitive division, just one point separated the top three boats in the Wally fleet this morning. However a final push from Sir Lindsay Owen Jones' Magic Carpet 3, claiming a bullet in today's first windward-leeward, brought the Wally Cento to the top of the classification and any hope of victory to an end for Jean Charles Decaux's J One and Claus-Peter Offen's Y3K who placed second and third overall respectively.
Firefly Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
A fourth bullet over five races held was the icing on the cake today for the 35-metre Supermaxi Firefly who takes the top spot in the division ahead of Swiss boat Inoui and Vittorio Moretti's 36-metre Viriella.
Highland Fling Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Sir Irvine Laidlaw's Highland Fling presented a perfect scorecard with five consecutive victories in the Maxi division. Second place overall went to the Swan 90 Odin while Bristolian took third place.
Lupa of London Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
No change in today's overall classification for the Mini Maxi Racing Cruising division where Lupa of London takes first place ahead of Russia's Bronenosec and French yacht

Final Results

Mini Maxi Racing

Position. Boat - R1/R2/R3/R4/R5/R6/R7/R8 - Total

1. Alegre - 1.5/1/3/4/(5)/1.5/3/4 - 18
2. Robertissima III - 6/2/1/(5)/2/3/5/3 - 22
3. Rán5 - 4.5/3/2/2/(7)/9/1/1 - 22.5


1. Magic Carpet 3 - 2/1/5/1/(5)/1/3 - 13
2. J One - 1/3/2/2/3/3/(10 RET) - 14
3. Y3K - 3/2/1/3/2/4/(10 DNF)- 15


1. Firefly - 1/1/(2)/1/1 - 4
2. Inoui - 2/2/1/2/(2) - 7
3. Viriella- 3/3/3/3/(3) - 12


1. Highland Fling - 1/1/1/1/(1) - 4
2. Odin - 2/2/2/2/(2) - 8
3. Bristolian - (4 DNF)/4 DNF/3/3/3 - 13

Mini Maxi Racing/Cruising

1. Lupa of London - 1/1/2/1/(7 DNF) - 5
2. Bronenosec - (4)/2/1/2/3 - 8
3. Arobas - 2/4/3/3/(5) - 12

J Class

1. Lionheart - (4)/1/2/2/1/4/2 - 12
2. Ranger - 1/2/(4)/3/2/2/3 - 13
3. Rainbow - 2/3/1/1/4/3/(5DSQ) - 14

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