Please select your home edition
Edition
Auckland On Water Boat Show

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Bold statements of intent laid down

by KPMS on 3 Sep 2013
WINDFALL Pioneer Investments, chased by NILAYA during the first coastal race - 2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi http://www.carloborlenghi.net
At the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, contrasting the light conditions prevalent during the first day of racing, were bold statements of intent laid down in the six competition classes.

Following a delayed start to racing, all yachts were dispersed on a coastal course of either 25 or 17-nm in length, both of which comprised classic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup landmarks: a passage through Capo Ferro and roundings of Monaci and Secca di Tre Monti before the return to the finish in Porto Cervo.

Today’s winners were: Alegre (GBR) in the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship; Velsheda (SUI) in J-Class; Highland Fling (MON) in Maxi; Altair (ITA) in Maxi Racing/Cruising; Nilaya (GBR) in Supermaxi and J-One (GBR) in Wally.

In the eagerly anticipated first race of the fourth Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship the new 72-ft Alegre, making her competition bow, claimed the morale-boosting first bullet. In such a competitive Class the focus is on accuracy from the very outset. 'The starts are ultimate. If you get it right, it’s your race to lose,' revealed Hap Fauth, owner of defending champion Bella Mente (USA). Prophetic words as Alegre, following a textbook start, stole a march on the fleet in a race characterized by a consistent 7-8 knot breeze. 'It was pretty light but quite steady,' explained tactician Chris Main. 'It was a tough course in that sort of breeze. We got a good start, and led by 30 seconds at the first mark and as the boat reaches quite well we just stretched away. This week will be about consistency, we need to keep putting in results and make sure we don’t have a bad one.'


Consistency is a byword of Niklas Zennstrom’s 2010 and 2011 Mini Maxi Rolex World Champion Ran 2 (GBR) who today finished second with Shockwave (USA) in third. Bella Mente endured a frustrating day finishing down in ninth. She has positions to claw back tomorrow. The fleet of seven Wallys shared the same 25-nm course. Sir Charles Dunstone’s Hamilton (GBR) was fastest on the water, while former champion J-One (GBR) claimed the first bullet of the week.

The graceful J-Class yachts also enjoyed their first race of the week. Of the four-strong fleet Shamrock and Velsheda are restorations of original designs, both in excess of 80 years old, while Rainbow and Ranger are authentic replicas of original boats destroyed for metal during the Second World War.

The 136-ft Ranger has an outstanding record in Porto Cervo, having taken the Class title in all three of her previous appearances. After a three-year absence from the competition, John Williams and his crew are in search of a fourth victory. 'This is one of our favourite venues,' explained Williams. 'The seas are very flat, a good venue for J-boats. However, as the biggest, heaviest of the J-Class boats we need wind to be able to sail effectively, typically 14-15 knots. The other boats tend to do better in lighter air.' So it proved in today’s light airs with Ranger trailing behind Rainbow and eventual winner Velsheda.


There are significant challenges in sailing such large, complex, historic boats, typically sailed by a crew of around 35, on a race circuit known for its considerable tactical junctures. 'You’ve got something that’s incredibly powerful and heavy and not that responsive,' reflected Velsheda’s tactician Tom Dodson. 'You’ve got to think about manoeuvres many minutes ahead. On some of lighter boats you can change your mind, make an adjustment, respond to other boats quite quickly. We enjoy close racing and have to be very mindful dealing with equipment that is incredibly valuable and doesn’t respond that quickly. However, none of us want to simply nurse the boats around the course. We want to push it in the gap, that’s the challenge.'

Filip Balcaen’s 112-ft Nilaya (GBR) stretched her winning run at the competition to six races, stretching back to 2011, in the Supermaxi Class. Highland Fling, Maxi Racing champion in 2011, claimed the first Class bullet ahead of Morning Glory returning to the event after an absence of six years.

Racing continues tomorrow with windward/leeward courses planned for the Mini Maxi and Wally classes, and a coastal race for all other classes.

2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Provisional Results Day One

Position, Boat Name, Boat Owner, Race 1 - Total Points

Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship

1. Alegre (GBR), Andy Soriano, 1; 1
2. Ran 2 (GBR), Niklas Zennstrom 2; 2
3. Shockwave (USA), George Sakellaris 3; 3

Maxi Racing

1. Highland Fling (MON), Irvine Laidlaw, 1; 1
2. Morning Glory (GER), Hasso Plattner, 2; 2

Maxi Racer / Cruiser

1. Altair (ITA), Paolo Scerni, 1; 1
2. Nefertiti (GBR), Anders Nordquist, 2; 2
3. Freya (USA), Donald Macpherson, 3; 3

J-Class

1. Velsheda (SUI), Tarbat Investment Ltd, 1; 1
2. RAINBOW (NED), Chris Gongriep, 2; 2
3. Ranger (CAY), RSV Ltd, 3; 3

Supermaxi

1. Nilaya (GBR), Filip Balcaen, 1; 1
2. Firefly (NED), Eric Bijlsma, 2; 2
3. Only Now (TUR), Chelsea Yachting Ltd., 3; 3

Wally

1. J One (GBR), Jean Charles Decaux, 1; 1
2. Y3K (GER), Claus Peter Offen, 2; 2
3. Inti (ITA), Lauro Buoro, 3; YCCS
www.internationalmaxiassociation.com" target="_blank">Maxi Class

Naiad/Oracle SupplierNewport Boat Show 2016 660x82Schaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82

Related Articles

Clipper Race – Constant trimming and little sleep in the North Sea
There is little opportunity for tactical moves and the timings of tacks are crucial if teams want to make vital gains. After a downwind start with spinnakers trimmed in light airs against the tide off Den Helder on the Dutch coast yesterday, the fleet has been match racing across the North Sea towards the Thames Estuary.
Posted today at 12:28 pm
Edgartown Race Week - Overall report
Four races were held today, in nine - twelve knots from the southwest for the IRC fleet. This is the third leg of the east coast IRC summer series. Four races were held today, in nine - twelve knots from the southwest for the IRC fleet. The three TP52’s had hard fought battles as usual.
Posted today at 6:35 am
Conch Republic Cup - More than just a race to Cuba
When relations between U.S. and Cuba were restored in 2015, Conch Republic Cup was resurrected after a 13-year hiatus. When diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba were restored in 2015, the Conch Republic Cup was resurrected after a forced 13-year hiatus.
Posted today at 6:02 am
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Lone bullets for the Brits
Despite three more inshore races being held on day five France Blue leads with a similar 11.5 point margin to yesterday 2016 Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Despite three more inshore races being held on day five of the Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup, the Royal Ocean Racing Club's biennial flagship event for three boat teams with Corinthian crews, France Blue leads with a similar 11.5 point margin to yesterday, but Flanders North Sea is now the team that has relieved France White of second place overall.
Posted today at 2:10 am
Supermaxi Scallywag has her first outing on Sydney Harbour
Scallywag is a 100' Super Maxi Yacht (ex Ragamuffin 100) owned by a HongKong Business man. Scallywag is a 100' Super Maxi Yacht (ex Ragamuffin 100) owned by a HongKong Business man. Yesterday the boat took it first sail on Sydney Harbour in preparation for this weekend's start of the CYCA Land Rover Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race
Posted on 28 Jul
Extreme Sailing Series– Oman Air sneak early lead despite bump on nose
Hamburg’s River Elbe in the HafenCity area was transformed into the ultimate test in Stadium Racing today Hamburg’s River Elbe in the HafenCity area was transformed into the ultimate test in Stadium Racing today, with the narrow river, passing traffic, high walls, shifty light winds and strong currents challenging the fleet on the opening day
Posted on 28 Jul
52 Super Series – Puerto Portals Week – Quantum Racing top of the pops
Quantum Racing stand on the threshold of their third regatta win of the season after sailing to their fourth win today. The Bay of Palma lived up to its one way traffic reputation for most of the time. The risk-reward equation for those pressing for the pin end launch was high. But significantly both of today’s race winners – Quantum Racing and Bronenosec– favoured the lower risk mid line starts where they had a better chance of coming away from the gun at maximum speed by staying clear of the jousting and jostling
Posted on 28 Jul
Debriefing the 2015-16 Clipper Round The World Race with Huw Fernie
Sail-World talked with Huw Fernie of Visit Seattle to learn more about a Clipper Round The World Race skipper’s life. Skipper Huw Fernie and his Visit Seattle crew took top honors in the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, marking their second podium finish during the 2015/16 Clipper Round The World Race. I recently caught up with Fernie to learn more about Visit Seattle’s success in the Den Helder Northern Seas Challenge, and to learn more about the life of a Clipper Round The World Race skipper.
Posted on 28 Jul
Oman Air quick to master light airs on Day 1 of Extreme Sailing Series
Last year’s wild and gusty winds gave way to light simmering airs but the Oman Sail was quick to master the conditions. The compact River Elbe race course, bordered on all sides by cargo containers and all the handling equipment associated with one of the busiest ports in the world, was expected to be tricky for the GC32 fleet even though the race area had been expanded.
Posted on 28 Jul
Finale of Clipper Race global series starts in The Netherlands
The 198nm race to London is going to be one of the most nail-biting yet with just six points separating the top teams After a Departure Ceremony from Willemsoord Marina and a Parade of Sail in the presence of Dutch Royal Navy ship ZrMs Luymes, the fleet started the final short sprint to London off the Dutch coast.
Posted on 28 Jul