Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
Leading the provisional overall standings are: Galateia in the Maxi A Class, Proteus tied with Bella Mente in Maxi B, Spirit of Lorina in Maxi C, Y3K in Supermaxi, Allegra in the Multihull Class and Svea among the J Class
Day three brought a memorable day of sailing for the competitors in the 33rd Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. The predicted drop in the breeze did not materialise, and another practically perfect day of racing ensued, with a northerly wind of around 14 knots that reached 20 knots on the upper part of the course. While the J Class yachts completed two windward-leeward races, all the other classes sailed a 30-mile coastal course, slightly reduced to 26 for the Maxi C Class. After a beat to the offset mark, the fleet sailed counter-clockwise around the islands of Caprera, La Maddalena and Spargi, returning to Porto Cervo via the La Maddalena channel and the Passo delle Bisce. The close reaching legs made for particularly spectacular viewing, especially in the case of the multihull yachts, which could occasionally be seen racing with their upwind hulls lifted slightly out of the water.
In the Maxi A Class the Wally 93 Bullitt, owned by YCCS member Andrea Recordati, won on corrected time by over a minute ahead of the WallyCento Galateia and the Botin 85 Deep Blue. In real time, the first boat across the finish line was FlyingNikka, who flew on her foils for the entire duration. With today’s second place, Galateia consolidates her position at the head of the overall ranking, followed by Leopard 3 and My Song, sitting on 4 and 5 points respectively.
In the Maxi B Class, Hap Fauth’s Maxi racer Bella Mente dominated from the start and went on to extend her lead over Proteus and Pepe Cannonball, who finished in second and third place respectively. The provisional overall classification in the Maxi B Class sees Proteus and Bella Mente tied on 7 points, followed by Pepe Cannonball 5 points behind.
Racing can be followed on the YCCS Instagram account, or via live tracking on the website www.yccs.it.