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Monday, January 12, 2015

Big Year Ahead For Bella Mente

The 72 foot maxi yacht Bella Mente is set for a big year in 2015. Owner Hap Fauth will lead a team of 26 sailors to compete in seven of the year’s most prominent regattas that incorporates a talented new crew and rig modifications into the program.
Photo: Jesus Renedo
Terry Hutchinson is onboard for the entire year and has brought with him renowned professional sailors Skip Baxter, Brian MacInnes, James Dagg and Jim Turner. 
Photo: Jesus Renedo
“We’ve made some significant changes to the core crew. Terry has been the key ingredient for a number of very successful programs. He brings great discipline as well as a winning point of view. I speak for the team when I say we are very excited about the fresh perspective these sailors will bring to racing,” Fauth said. 
Photo: Jesus Renedo
“There are three very important components to running a campaign. First, you need to be continually working to build the strongest team. It’s more than just professional resumes, it’s about guys that have good chemistry together. Secondly, you have to have a wellthought-out campaign each year, with objectives for each race and objectives for the whole season. Third is logistics management. Everything from plane tickets and room accommodations to onboard food provisioning needs to be completed in a regimented fashion,” he added.
Photo Credit: Onne van der Wal
Bella Mente Racing hit the water in December to practice with the new crew members and test out its new Southern Spars mast with C6 rigging by Composite Rigging. Racing will kick off next week in Florida with Quantum Key West Race Week. 

From there the team heads to the Caribbean for the RORC Caribbean 600 in February and Les Voiles de St. Barth in April. Bella Mente will then be shipped to the United Kingdom where the team will compete on the Solent for the RYS International Bicentennial Regatta and Cowes Week before starting the world-class Rolex Fastnet Race in August. Bella Mente Racing’s pinnacle event, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia, will conclude the season in September.

Lulu Roseman

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