Galateia leads the provisional overall standings in the Maxi A Class, Bella Mente in Maxi B, Spirit of Lorina in Maxi C, Allegra in Multihull, Y3K in Supermaxi and Svea for the J Class
The Race Committee’s decision to bring forward the start to 11 a.m. in anticipation of light and diminishing winds proved the right one on this fourth day of racing at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. The 33rd edition of the event will conclude tomorrow, Saturday 9th September. The Maxi A and Maxi B classes set off punctually for their respective windward-leeward race on a course laid out just off Porto Cervo, while for the remaining classes the Race Committee set a coastal course that took the fleet to round the islands of Mortorio and Soffi counter-clockwise, before returning to Porto Cervo. The expected drop in wind resulted in the course being shortened to 15 miles instead of the planned 21 miles. The 6-7 knot north-westerly breeze reached maximum gusts of 10 knots on the southern part of the coastal course, while on the windward-leeward course it was unstable and prone to sudden shifts to the west, permitting only one race to be held.
Andrea Recordati’s Wally 93 Bullitt achieved her second consecutive win in the Maxi A Class, followed by two Wallycento yachts, Galateia and Magic Carpet 3. Galateia consolidates her position at the top of the provisional overall classification, while Bullitt, thanks to today’s victory, climbs to second place on equal points with Leopard 3 and My Song. All remains to be settled, therefore, in tomorrow’s final race day.
The Maxi B Class also completed a single race around the cans, in which Bella Mente claimed victory over Pepe Cannonball. Third place went to Jethou, with a delta in compensated time of just 37 seconds from Pepe Cannonball after almost two and a half hours of racing. In the overall standings, Bella Mente leads Proteus by three points and Pepe Cannonball by six.
In the Maxi C Class, YCCS member Thomas Bscher’s debutant Baltic 60 Open Season brought the winning streak of three consecutive victories to an end for Spirit of Lorina, who placed fourth today. Second place went to Wallyño, the 60-footer owned by Benoit de Froidmont, President of the International Maxi Association, with Gerard Logel’s Swan 601 @robas in third.
Spirit of Lorina remains firmly in the lead in the provisional overall classification on just 7 points. She is followed by H2O, 12th today, and Oscar 3, both of whom sit on 18 points.
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