Season closes with Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Season closes with Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Season closes with Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Porto Cervo, Italy September eight, 2018 – The final day of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship loved mind-blowing sunshine and 10-15 knots westerly winds.

among the 41 rivals, the Wally courses bought to race two remaining windward-leewards as each person else sailed a course up ‘Bomb Alley’, with all but the slower Mini Maxi class rounding Spargi earlier than returning back the manner they had come past the La Maddalena Archipelago.

because the pinnacle experience in the maxi yacht calendar, essentially the most amazing victory become that of the Wally seventy seven Lyra above leading J One within the Wally type, regardless of this being the primary ever regatta for her owner-driver, chinese Canadian Terry Hui. together with her 2-1 these days, Lyra’s scoreline comprised 5 wins and two seconds.

“It turned into a really gratifying shock, an excellent adventure to be in Porto Cervo, one of the crucial finest harbours on earth, and sailing with one of the vital best sailors on the earth,” talked about Hui. “The Wally homeowners are an enchanting, warm community, so I’ve been very lucky. The precise myth is that the entire crew catch up on all of my errors!” Hui simplest determined to originate crusing two and a half months in the past, but bought the Lyra campaign from James Murdoch finished with the majority of her crew.

“It’s no longer a nasty method for Terry to begin his sailing career!” accompanied Lyra’s tactician Hamish Pepper, adding that the floor work for the crusade had already been laid when they gained Les Voiles de St Tropez remaining 12 months. As to why both Wally 77s Lyra and Jean-Charles Decaux’s J One have finished so smartly this week, Pepper observed: “The three Wallycentos were combating and slowing themselves down and we have been just a click on ahead of J One, so after the primary 5 or ten minutes we now have been able to sail our own race.”

Lebanese American Charif Souki’s Wallycento Tango claimed these days’s first windward-leeward Wally race held in 12-13 knots, the wind expanding to 14 knots for race two. Tactician Thierry Peponnet explained: “We had a really nice first race – successful it from the initiate. We wanted to be to leeward of our opponents, as a result of we were anticipating the wind to move left and that was an outstanding choice. The 2d was all within the start and we had a gorgeous one. We acquired better and more advantageous over the week.”

A 1-2 for Tango enabled them to beat Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’ Magic Carpet Cubed to the Wallycento standard recall through a mere half point.

Wally Yachts President Luca Bassani turned into comfortable with how the racing had gone: “It has been lots of enjoyable with very tight racing between the three Wallycentos. The huge shock was Lyra profitable so many races – that’s not ever took place before in the Wally category.”

The J type claimed the proper three slots in the SuperMaxi category, with Topaz sealing the deal through one aspect, despite Ronald de Waal’s Velsheda successful nowadays’s race. “I consider we punched above our weight,” mentioned Topaz helmsman Peter Holmberg. “I’m definitely pleased with our guys and i feel, seeing as we had been the underdogs, we did a superb job to seize the regatta.”

despite the fact, victory had basically slipped via their fingers with Svea hounding them, on their transom, as they back down Bomb Alley. “We needed to work definitely challenging to retain them behind,” recounted Holmberg. “It got here down to the bottom mark where we did a Mexican drop – all credit score to the bow team as they bought the spinnaker on-board and cleaned up, so we could turn the mark.”

within the Maxi classification, victory today for Argentinean Miguel Galuccio’s Vera became now not sufficient to displace Massimiliano Florio’s Grande Orazio from the properly part after his Southern Wind 82 entire third today to Lauro Buoro’s Wally ninety four Inti 3 beneath IRC corrected time.

Of his victory, Florio commented: “We had the highest quality situations we could are expecting for our boat and had superb co-ordination between the crew. My compliments go to tactician Lorenzo Bortolotti, who at all times chose the appropriate layline. We didn’t make blunders within the manoeuvres, even when the winds had been easy.”

Florio committed his victory to Southern Wind Shipyard’s founder, Willy Persico who died in may additionally.

within the faster Mini Maxi classification, Roberto Lacorte’s Vismara sixty two SuperNikka scored 4 bullets and two seconds to declare his third Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup victory. “here’s thanks to the massive work performed by means of my crew, no longer just all through races, but earlier than for this event too,” he pointed out. “here’s our main experience yearly and this effect offers us so much pride – the reward for all the effort and work we conducted over the wintry weather.”

Riccardo De Michele’s Vallicelli eighty H20 scored straight bullets in the slower Mini Maxi type while Guiseppe Puttini’s Swan 65 Shirlaf scored all seconds aside from nowadays, once they were beaten by using Anthony Ball’s Swan 65 Six Jaguar.

“i am very happy that the competition in our type become a lot the identical as final 12 months,” mentioned De Michele. “closing 12 months it was lots harder complex to beat them. They more suitable this yr, however our boat more suitable an awful lot too, as has the crew.”

German Dieter Schön’s Momo the day before today retained her Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship title with Dario Ferrari’s Cannonball, the native frequent, claiming 2d and George Sakellaris’ Proteus third.

Proteus complete strongly these days with a second on the lap of Bomb Alley. Afterguard Tommaso Chieffi described their day: “There became loads of motion in the pre-inaugurate as we tried to head for the pin, however we didn’t make it as a result of we had two boats in between. We did force Cannonball finally to tack and they obtained a penalty for a port-starboard with Momo right after the start. at the correct mark we had been fifth with Cannonball in the back of, but we obtained a clear lane and received into second and have been slowly moving into Momo. On the way back, before the inflatable mark, we have been basically on their transom, but they stretched away on the last run.”

Bryon Ehrhart, sailing his first Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup along with his new Maxi seventy two fortunate previously Bella Mente, admitted he and his crew are nonetheless discovering the boat having graduated up from their Reichel Pugh sixty three and TP52. “For our first 12 months with this boat we have realized a great deal. we can are trying to flow it up again next year. It’s been good crusing all season long. it’s hard not to take pleasure in racing here.”

The twenty ninth version of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship turned into held from September 3 to eight.

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James Boyd, foreign Maxi association


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