Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resource 2016

Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Esimit Europa 2 takes Volcano line honours

by KPMS on 21 May 2014
Line honours winner Esimit Europa 2 approaches the Capri finish line. © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi http://www.carloborlenghi.net
A light night and early morning saw the front runners in Rolex Capri Sailing Week’s Volcano Race trickling into Capri’s Marina Grande, after finishing a 230 mile course south around the active volcano of Stromboli before returning to Capri.

Claiming line honours, as expected, was Igor Simcic’s 100ft (30.5m) Esimit Europa 2. The European-flagged Maxi, largest of the 12 boats competing, led the Volcano Race from start to finish. After being becalmed within sight of the line, Esimit finished at lunchtime today, having completed the course in one day, three hours 11 minutes and 44 seconds.

'The race was very interesting, difficult at times, because there wasn’t constant wind,' said owner Igor Simcic. 'The first part was quite good, but then, when we went around Stromboli and afterwards, it was all in the hands of the Gods. But I think we made good choices and we are happy for this victory.'

Reaching Stromboli, Esimit Europa 2 had pulled out a 17 mile lead over the Mini Maxi Robertissima, which had overtaken Villa Saxe Eiffel moving into second place on the water. The French VO70 had been going well, but dropped off to the west and subsequently found herself on the wrong side of a shift coming into Stromboli. As Esimit was becalmed off Stromboli, one of three occasions during the race, Robertissima was able to close to within 8 miles of them.

Esimit Europa 2 skipper, multiple Olympic medallist and double America’s Cup winner Jochen Schuemann, said that they had anticipated a difficult race but had sailed the first leg down to Stromboli and the leg back well. Heading to the island the wind had peaked at 18 knots, but on the way back had not exceeded 15.

In retrospect the only thing they should have done differently was the rounding of Stromboli. But neither was the slow finish ideal. As Schuemann, who in Berlin last Friday was presented with the Golden Sportpyramide, the leading German award for lifetime achievement in sport, commented: 'We finished at the worst time with the transition between the old breeze and the sea breeze just started, but we are very pleased with the boat and with the team.'

The park-ups cost Esimit Europa 2 the lead under IRC, currently held by Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s Judel Vrolijk 72 Mini Maxi, Robertissima, which arrived home second on the water, at 16:47 local this afternoon, to lead Esimit by an hour on corrected.

'It was a big adventure,' said Grinover. 'The idea was to have a very nice regatta in this fantastic place, and it was. We’re leading overall, so better than this we cannot have. Plus the hospitality here in Capri is really fantastic.'

One of Robertissima’s big breaks came after they monitored the race leader’s slow progress around Stromboli and so chose to give the island, and its active volcano, a wide berth.


Robertissima got becalmed again at around 0900 this morning, when Jethou was able to close from five miles to just two behind them. However rather than cover Sir Peter Odgen’s advancing Mini Maxi sistership, Robertissima split east, towards the coast. 'That was a difficult choice,' admitted Grinover.

With a number of the Robertissima crew having jumped ship to compete on Azzurra in the Barclays 52 Super Series here at Rolex Capri Sailing Week, America’s Cup veteran, Paul Cayard has been enlisted to stand in as tactician.

In their match race with Jethou, Cayard observed: 'We took 21 crew and they took 18, so maybe they thought it would be lighter than it was.' It was Cayard who made the call to close on the coast on the way back to Capri, sealing their victory in the Mini Maxis. 'We felt the wind would fill first and strongest there and it did,' said Cayard, whose last offshore race was so long ago he can barely remember – possibly the 2009 Transpac.

Cayard is enjoying his return to Capri, a venue he first raced at almost 30 years ago with Pasquale Landolfi, and has since included winning the Rolex IMS Worlds here 12 years ago on Landolfi’s IMS 50 Brava. 'I love Capri, it is a mystical place.'

The former Il Moro de Venezia skipper has also previously seen the Aeolian Island volcanoes such as Stromboli on the Rolex Middle Sea Race: 'Last night was beautiful, it was spewing out lava from time to time. It was foggy and raining a bit, but despite that you could see the occasional burst of red come out.'

The tailenders in the Volcano Race are not expected into Capri until tomorrow, when it will be known if Robertissima has won the Volcano Race overall.

Meanwhile after a delay ashore the first two races of the Barclays 52 Super Series were held with the first won by the newest boat in the fleet, Eduardo de Souza Ramos’ Phoenix. Unfortunately the Brazilians followed this up with a seventh place in the nine boat fleet, leaving them fourth overall.

Topping the leaderboard after day one is the winner of the second race, and favourite for this regatta, Quantum Racing, currently one point ahead of the 2012 52 Super Series winner, Alberto Roemmers’ Azzurra.

For more information on Rolex Capri Sailing Week and the International Maxi Association - visit International Maxi Association.

Wildwind 2016 660x82Barz Optics - Kids rangeT Clewring One Design

Related Articles

Brakes off as strong westerly propels the Clipper Race fleet forward
LMAX Exchange is in second place with Derry~Londonderry~Doirechasing hard now just 10 nautical miles behind in third. ClipperTelemed+ is leading the fleet again after emerging from its Stealth Mode cloak of invisibility last night; and boat speeds have been high throughout the fleet as the teams enjoy steady trade wind conditions with spinnakers flying in building winds.
Posted today at 11:52 am
Volvo Ocean Race - Change to Leg 3 and Asian stopovers announced
Volvo Ocean Race organisers have announced a change to the route posted on the Official Noticeboard Volvo Ocean Race organisers have announced a change to the route posted on the Official Noticeboard, and the effect is to have the fleet sail the almost the complete length of the Southern Ocean from Cape of Good Hope to Cape Horn. The fleet will now spend three times the amount of time in the Southern Ocean than enjoyed in the previous two editions of the race.
Posted today at 11:07 am
Free $US3,000 Carbon Vang with SouthernFurl boom orders in July
Southern Spars is giving a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July Southern Spars is giving away a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with all of their SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July. Carbon gas vangs make a great addition to the furling boom package, though if you’d prefer to keep your existing one, Southern Spars will offer you a 5% discount on the price of your boom instead.
Posted today at 7:42 am
Six months suspended sentence sought against top multihull sailor
A hearing in the Lorient Criminal Court has heard the Prosecution call for a six month suspended sentence A hearing in the Lorient Criminal Court has hear the Prosecution call for a six month suspended sentence against Yann Guichard (FRA) after an accident on June 16, 2015 at the restart of the Volvo Ocean Race in Lorient. Guichard, one of the world's most experienced multihull sailors was skipper of Spindrift 2, formerly Banque Populaire V, and at 131ft or 40 metres is the world's largest racing m
Posted today at 6:40 am
26 boats ready to set sail for Transat Québec Saint-Malo Ocean Race
Things are heating up at the port of Québec and the Quai Paquet wharf across the river in Lévis Things are heating up at the port of Québec and the Quai Paquet wharf across the river in Lévis, with just days to go until the festivities commence for the lead-up to the ninth edition of the prestigious Transat Québec Saint-Malo ocean race, presented in collaboration with the City of Lévis.
Posted today at 3:03 am
National birthdays & sailing—Sailing news from North America & beyond
Editorial Editorial
Posted on 28 Jun
The Extreme Sailing Series™ heads for Madeira
The Act in Madeira, the 2015 “World’s Leading Island Destination” replaces Istanbul as the Host Venue for Act six. The Act in Madeira, the 2015 “World’s Leading Island Destination” replaces Istanbul as the Host Venue for Act six, originally planned for the same dates and will be run in partnership with Madeira Tourism and the Regional Sailing Association.
Posted on 28 Jun
Provezza’s pair of threes trumps 52 Super Series fleet in Porto Cervo
Ergin Imre’s team bounced right back today opening the race with a nice pair of solid third places to lead the regatta. After two good races, Porto Cervo delivering a consistent 9-11kts of NNW’ly breeze and warm sunshine, and Provezza leads Rán Racing by two points. Niklas Zennström’s crew finished second behind Bronenosec in the first race and sixth in the second race which was won by Quantum Racing.
Posted on 28 Jun
Iffy day for Azzurra at Settimana delle Bocche
It was iffy day for Azzurra who ended at first day of racing event that is also the second stage of the 52 Super Series After the strong north westerly Mistral winds that kept the fleet of twelve TP52s at port yesterday and eliminated the chances of a practice race, today there were lovely conditions in the Costa Smeralda with north westerly breezes at eight to 12 knots.
Posted on 28 Jun
TP52 Super Series Porto Cervo – Races one and two images by Max Ranchi
Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races one and two Photographer Max Ranchi has provided this gallery of images from races one and two
Posted on 28 Jun