Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Floaters

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta - Final day to be decisive

by Jill Campbell on 7 Jun 2014
Fleet racing towards Monaci Island - 2014 Loro PIana Superyacht Regatta Carlo Borlenghi © http://www.carloborlenghi.com
A third consecutive day of sustained wind and a spectacular 28 mile course had the 19 superyachts racing in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2014 storming, once again, around the islands and islets of the La Maddalena archipelago. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's Race Committee took full advantage of the new easterly breeze to send the fleet south of Porto Cervo for the first time, rounding the island of Soffi off Porto Rotondo before the spinnakers went up and the superyachts passed Porto Cervo on their way north to the Monaci island and back home to the finish.

The Hoek-designed Firefly continued her clear run of bullets and, with just one more race to be run in tomorrow's final day, is set for victory in Division A while a three-way fight for second and third place will be on between Magic Carpet 3, Ghost and Open Season.

Former Luna Rossa sailor Michele Cannoni has been getting used to being back on board Ghost as the 37-metre Vitters yacht returned from a four year sabbatical in the Pacific: 'Today was a nice race, we overtook a lot of boats that we hadn't passed before. The regatta crew has worked together for a long time but the boat hasn't raced in four years and we need to fine tune her. Tomorrow we hope there will be good breeze, like today, and lots of downwind runs - which is where we seem to do best - and we hope that the owner continues to enjoy himself.'


In division B the Fitzroy yachts Moonbird claimed third place today but still holds the overall lead, if only by one point, over today's race winner Unfurled with the Southern Wind Cape Arrow just one more point behind. Today's runners-up were neck and neck as they approached the finish and it was Cape Arrow who managed to nip across the line just six seconds ahead of Unfurled in real time.

Ross Field, Safety Officer on Unfurled hopes conditions will change again tomorrow: 'We had a lot of lighter winds today and the wind had completely changed around into the east. We have good racing with Cape Arrow and it's not ideal conditions for us anything under 15 knots is not good for us. We're praying for wind tomorrow - if we have wind tomorrow we're all right.'


Grande Orazio raced a fantastic regatta leaving her too with an unblemished record of three straight victories and a four point lead over Selene in the overall classification. While Grande Orazio's owner Massimiliano Florio can consider himself well placed, although not completely safe, the battle will be on tomorrow between the Frers-designed Selene in second place overall and Karibu, sitting just one point behind in third.

The busy social programme that accompanies the racing schedule continues today with the usual after-race drinks before owners and crews prepared for the Sunset Party in nearby Baja Sardinia.

Racing will conclude tomorrow, Saturday 7th June and the event will close with the final prize giving at the YCCS.
YCCS Event website

Related Articles

Shape of next Volvo Ocean Race revealed at Southern Spars - Part 1
Southern Spars has been confirmed as the supplier of spars for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In mid-April, Race Director, Jack Lloyd and Stopover Manager Richard Mason outlined the changes expected for the 40,000nm Race during a tour of Southern Spars 10,000sq metre specialist spar construction facility. A total of up to seven boats is expected to enter, but time is running out for the construction of any new boats.
Posted today at 5:56 am
Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted on 29 Apr
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Barz Optics - Kids rangeT Clewring - GenericBakewell-White Yacht Design