Regate di Primavera
The Mediterranean maxi racing season got off to a start with the “Portofino. Regate di Primavera”, that concluded today after a four day long weekend of racing. The picturesque Ligurian hamlet of Portofino has a long history of hosting maxi yacht events such as the Nespresso Cup and the Zegna Trophy. Portofino Regate di Primavera is the latest incarnation, organised and hosted by the Yacht Club Italiano, under the patronage of the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV) and in conjunction with the Comune di Portofino and the International Maxi Association.
Racing for the maxi yachts on the Gulf of Tigullio was hampered by weather that was more ‘winter’ than ‘spring’. Despite the best efforts of the race committee, including the International Maxi Association’s race adviser Alfredo Ricci, racing was cancelled on the opening day due to no wind and then after a blustery Saturday night, it had to be cancelled on Sunday due to an excessive ‘Libeccio’ southwesterly, brought on by a nearby depression. Nonetheless three of the scheduled four races were held.
The maxis competing ranged in size from Francesco De Santis’ Southern Wind 100 Morgana down to several 60 footers such as the two Mylius 60s Antonio Romeo’s Jecalu and Franz Wilhelm Baruffaldi Preis’s Manticore.
Even before the blustery Saturday night, the southwesterly on-shore wind was building during the day from 14-18 knots at start time, and the wave state with it. With two metre waves, three boats were forced to retire – Dario Castiglia’s Hanse 630e Remax One, Jürg Schneider’s Swan 65 Saida and the Grand Soleil 65 Indomabile Pensiero belonging to the YCI’s Beppe Croce Sea School.
In this 26 mile race the pecking order for the remainder of the regatta was established with the immaculate Morgana leading the fleet home on the water, but with Twin Soul B, the all-black Mylius 80 campaigned by Luciano Gandini, winning under IRC corrected time.
With only one raced sailed to date, the race committee made the decision to lay on two shorter coastal races on this final day, held in a light southeasterly of around 10-12 knots. These were again both won by Twin Soul B, who owner, the President of Mylius Yachts enjoyed a perfect scoreline. With this Gandini was awarded not just the overall winners trophy but the plaque for the top International Maxi Association member competing and another for leading the five boat fleet competing for the Mylius Cup.
If Twin Soul B dominated the racing under IRC, behind it was much closer, especially between Adriano Calvini’s FY61 Itacentodue, last year’s Rolex Giraglia winner and the Mylius 65 Oscar 3 of Aldo Parisotto, which can home second and third overall respectively, separated by just one point.
Racing resumes in the International Maxi Association’s Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge with La Larga, the offshore race of Palmavela on 30 April and in the Caribbean, Antigua Sailing Week, the final event of the IMA’s inaugural Caribbean Maxi Challenge 2022.
Race report by James Boyd / International Maxi Association
Event website: www.yachtclubitaliano.it