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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Competition intensifies for some


'Tight mark rounding in the Mini Maxi race - 2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup'    Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

Action recommenced today at the 2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. While the verdicts in some of the classes are almost sealed, competition in others, including the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship, is intensifying.

Following yesterday’s lay day, the 37-strong fleet was put through its paces in stifling heat and with some fickle wind shifts in Porto Cervo. Mini Maxi and Wally classes contested two dramatic windward/leeward races. The remainder of the fleet completed a 31-nm coastal course taking in some of the highlights of the Maddalena Archipelago.

Today’s winners were: Bella Mente (USA) with a second and a third in the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship; Rainbow (NED) in J-Class; Morning Glory (GER) in Maxi Racing; Altair (ITA) in Maxi Racing/Cruising; Nilaya (GBR) in Supermaxi; and, J-One (GBR) with a first and a third in Wally.

Mini Maxi start - 2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup -  Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi  

Class leaders after three days of racing are: Shockwave (USA) in the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship; Velsheda (GBR) in J-Class; Highland Fling (MON) in Maxi; Altair in Maxi Racing/Cruising; Nilaya in Supermaxi and J-One in Wally.

In the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship, the rest day provided time for reflection as the crews contemplated contrasting fortunes during the week’s first three races. Going into Day 3, Andres Soriano’s 72-ft Alegre (GBR) enjoyed a narrow lead at the top of the standings. 'Competition is very tough and anything can change,' warned Soriano shortly before docking out, confident his crew would continue to give its all. 'They’ve worked very hard during the last three months since the launch (of the new boat) and will continue to do so.'

However, in an erratic day weather-wise, Alegre endured a difficult time. Losing ground in the first race following a penalty, and in a race characterized by dramatic windshifts on each leg, she eventually finished eleventh as the Mini Maxi racer/cruiser Wallyno, benefiting from a sudden right shift, claimed a shock victory. Crews had to sit patiently for Race 2, delayed while the Race Committee waited for the breeze to stabilize. In the second windward/leeward race, conducted under the strongest conditions of the week, Alegre made a small improvement registering fifth place.

Brand new ALEGRE, in full action - 2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup -  Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi  

Alegre’s misfortune opened the door for George Sakellaris’ 72-ft Shockwave, starting the day in second place with an already impressive 3,1,3 on the scoreboard. 'Coming into this event we knew our boat is a little bit older than the others,' revealed tactician Stuart Bannatyne. 'We’re not quite as big and powerful as some of the newer boats so we try set the boat to go well in light to medium conditions which fortunately is what we’ve had so far and with some nice clean starts we’ve been able to sail our own race.' While far from perfect today, a sixth and a third for Sakellaris’s crew was significantly better than most of her rivals and propels her to the top of the championship with two days to go.

Best performing Mini Maxi was defending champion Bella Mente who began the day stacked back in fifth place and thirteen points behind the leaders. 'The week started off not quite to plan,' explained former ISAF Rolex World Sailor Mike Sanderson. 'Our Achilles heel is always winds under eight knots and straight out of the box on the first day of competition we got a six to seven knot coastal race and didn’t have greatest of first beats and got pushed further and further back. As defending champion everyone was keen to pick up on us quite early in the regatta.'

SHOCKWAVE leading the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship after day three - 2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup -  Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi  

Sanderson and Bella Mente were determined to put things right today. 'It’s going to be a long and uphill battle for us. All we can do is pin our ears back and try and win every race from now on.' As the fastest Mini Maxi on the water in both races, enough for a second and a third place on corrected time, Hap Fauth’s crew are back in contention, now nine behind leaders Shockwave. Niklas Zennstrom’s two-time Champion Ran 2, third at the start of day and just one and a half points off the leader, probably endured one of her worst days ever in Porto Cervo: a tenth and a seventh has left her in third place with four and a half points to recover. Zennstrom’s crew have shown before they have the determination and skill to pull things around.

In the other classes, Hasso Plattner’s Morning Glory closed the gap on Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling in Maxi Racing to one point. Rainbow narrowed Velsheda’s advantage in J-Class by the same margin, after winning today’s race. Otherwise, Nilaya in Supermaxi and Altair in Maxi Racing/Cruising have all but sown up the competitions maintaining perfect scores. In the Wally class, Jean Charles Decaux’s J-One enjoys a five point lead over Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’ Magic Carpet 3 (GBR). Tomorrow is likely to be a defining day in this Class.

ALTAIR by Robertissima, leading the Maxi Racing-Cruising Class after three days of racing - 2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup -  Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi  

Coastal courses are planned for all classes tomorrow.

2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup – Provisional Results Day Four

Position, Boat Name, Boat Owner, Races- Total Points

Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship

1. Shockwave (USA), George Sakellaris 4.5–1–3-(6)-3; 11.5
2. Alegre (GBR), Andy Soriano, 1.5–5–1-(11)-5; 12.5
3. Ran 2 (GBR), Niklas Zennstrom 3-4-2-10-7-; 16

Maxi Racing

1. Highland Fling (MON), Irvine Laidlaw, 1–1-2; 4
2. Morning Glory (GER), Hasso Plattner, 2-2-1; 5
3. Aegir (GBR), Brian Benjamin, 5–3-3; 11

Maxi Racer / Cruiser

1. Altair (ITA), Paolo Scerni / Roberto Tomasini, 1-1-1; 3
2. Nefertiti (GBR), Anders Nordquist, 2-2-2; 6
3. Freya (USA), Donald Macpherson, 3-4-3; 10

J-Class

1. Velsheda (GBR), Tarbat Investment Ltd, 1-1-2; 4
2. Rainbow (NED), Chris Gongriep, 2-2-1; 5
3. Ranger (CAY), RSV Ltd. , 3–3-3; 9

Supermaxi

1. Nilaya (GBR), Filip Balcaen, 1-1-1; 3
2. Firefly (NED), Eric Bijlsma, 2-2-2; 6
3. Only Now (TUR), Chelsea Yachting Ltd., 3-3-4; 10

Wally

1. J One (GBR), Jean Charles Decaux, 1–2-1-1-(3); 5
2. Magic Carpet 3, Sir Lindsey Owen Jones, 6–1–2-(6)-1; 10
3. Inti (ITA), Lauro Buoro, 3–6-3-2-5; 13

YCCS
Maxi Class Association


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