Sunshine and a light but stable wind accompanied the final and decisive race of the fifth edition of the Perini Navi Cup. The event, organized biennially by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and reserved for yachts from the prestigious Italian Perini Navi shipyard, saw victory go to the 50-metre Silencio. Second place went to the 38-metre performance cruising sloop P2 while the 53-metre Parsifal IV claimed the final spot on the podium.
Perini Navi Cup 2013 - Fleet racing
Silencio 's owner was understandably delighted with the result of his first participation in the Cup: 'We've got an amazing crew, an amazing spirit on board, thanks to the captain and the tactician Dawn Riley and all the crew we did a great job, but above all we had a lot of fun. Six months ago we had never raced and we were unlucky at the Bucket but now you are going to start hearing more about Silencio. This is the start of a love story between the Cup and us! I'm very proud of the crew.'
The owner of P2 was pleased with his boat's performance, commenting on his return to the docks: 'It was a well-run and enjoyable regatta and I certainly appreciate Perini Navi's innovative spirit in building a fast, competitive boat.'
'The event was a resounding success, as always,' commented YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo, 'and despite the weather not being perfect, the YCCS Race Committee was able to get these majestic sailing boats racing on two out of three days. The YCCS now has a solid reputation as an organizer of superyacht regattas, however the sight of 15 Perini Navi yachts together on the water remains breathtaking. I hope to see many of these yachts at our next event for superyachts at our base in Virgin Gorda in the spring.'
Perini Navi Cup 2013 - Silencio
'We are delighted to be here with you to celebrate the conclusion of the fifth Perini Navi Cup,' commented Giancarlo Ragnetti, CEO of Perini Navi, 'which this year coincides with our 30th anniversary. I can think of no better way to celebrate a moment that reminds us all how our brand has grown over the years. Our thanks go to the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, all the owners, the crews and sponsors and all of the people who worked to make the event a success. Special thanks must go to Fabio Perini who made all of this possible.'
During the final prize giving ceremony the following participants were also awarded prizes:
* YCCS Trophy for top-placed YCCS Member: XNoi
* The Pommery Award for Fair Play: The Maltese Falcon
* Moncler Trophies - First Day Race: first Silencio - second P2 - third Tamsen
* Axa Trophies - Spirit of the Cup: first Heritage - second Tamsen - third Zenji
* Vhernier Trophies - Third Day Race: first Silencio - second Zenji - third Parsifal IV
* Vhernier Awards - Vhernier Cocktail Contest: Heritage - Helios - Panthalassa
Following the prize giving, Piazza Azzurra played host to the closing party of the Perini Navi Cup. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's sporting calendar continues immediately with the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship, which is scheduled to host a fleet of 37 Maxi yachts from first to 7th September.
Final Overall Classic
Position - Boat: Race 1/Race2=Total points
1. Silencio: 1/1=2
2. P2: 2/5=7
3. Parsifal IV: 5/3=8
4. Zenji: 7/2=9
5. Tamsen: 3/6=9
6. Jasali II: 6/4=10
7. Panthalassa: 4/8=12
8. Xnoi: 8/7=15
9. Maltese Falcon: 10/9=19
10. Heritage: 9/10=19
11. Corelia: 11/11=2
NC Northern Spirit