Please select your home edition
Insun - AC Program

Rolex Capri Sailing Week - Wind halts TP52 Coastal Race

by KPMS on 23 May 2014
Esimit Europa 2 leads the charge off the start line for the Maxi fleet at Rolex Capri Sailing Week. © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
At the Rolex Capri Sailing Week, a valiant attempt was made by the race committee to hold a coastal race today for both the Maxi and Barclays 52 Super Series classes. Sadly this came to an end when the fleet ran out of breeze off Capri's dramatic coastline.

Soon after midday, the Maxi fleet was first to get away on a line off the Sorrento Peninsula. Sailing directly into the precipice on the eastern coast of Capri seemed to pay dividends for those who tried it and in particular Enrico Gorziglia's Brenta 60 Good Job Guys was punching above her weight using this tactic. However as the Maxi frontrunners passed the Faraglioni islands, the wind shut down.

Even the 100ft long maxi Esimit Europa 2 stopped in her tracks. Tactician on board, Olympic 470 gold medallist and two time America's Cup winner, Jordi Calafat explained: 'We knew it was going to be very light, but then as soon as the wind hit the lee of the island...I think the race committee did the right thing to abandon the race. It would have been difficult to have a fair coastal race today.'

The Spanish sailor added that for Esimit Europa 2 the situation had been worse as they were first to reach the giant wind hole off the Capri coast, enabling the fleet behind to catch them up. 'We were first to park and then the fleet compressed. You need to be very lucky here. Capri is a beautful island, but it is quite high and that can make it very tricky for sailing.'

Joining Paul Cayard and Tommaso Chieffi in the afterguard of Roberto Tomasini Grinover's Robertissima today in the Mini Maxi Racing class, was former Team New Zealand helmsman Cameron Appleton. After the start, the Italian Judel Vrolijk 72 enjoyed some brief match racing with her sistership, Sir Peter Ogden's Jethou, on which legendary Team New Zealand/Alinghi tactician Brad Butterworth, OBE, is calling the shots. Initially Jethou looked good offshore, but then Robertissima, better stocked with local knowledge in her ranks, made gains under Capri's cliffs.

'You always like to see how races play out, but today it wasn't going to happen,' admitted Appleton, who is more used to racing against the Robertissima crew in the Melges 32 circuit, rather than with them. This regatta, as well as Copa del Rey this summer, sees Appleton and Cayard reunited for the first time since racing together on board Torbjörn Törnqvist's Artemis Racing TP52.

Principal Race Officer Peter 'Luigi' Reggio felt he had attempted to make the best of the conditions, even though Mother Nature had ultimately conspired against him. 'At the start we had a nice southerly, blowing about nine knots from 170deg while over at Faraglioni, they were getting 4-5 knots - you can live with that. Then right after the start of the 52s we heard '2-3 knots', then '1-2', '0-1' and when we went out there and looked it was just a parking lot. The big boats might have got across, but they would never have gotten back in here.'

Tomorrow the Maxi class will attempt to sail another coastal race tomorrow while the 52s resume windward-leewards. Racing is due to commence at 1200.

For more information on Rolex Capri Sailing Week and the International Maxi Association, click here.

KZRaceFurlersPredictWind.comMariners Museum 660x82

Related Articles

PAC 52's raising the bar in the Transpacific Yacht Race
An enthusiastic Frank Slootman was ecstatic with results after reaching Diamond Head following a 2,225 nm full on charge Under the guidance of Gavin Brady, considered the guru of all things PAC 52, Invisible Hand went on a hardcore efficiency program in the weeks that led up to the Transpac, fine tuning the rig, optimizing sail inventory, crew training and a few changes in personnel.
Posted on 21 Jul
Tour de France à la Voile – Outgunned in roses
Fondation FDJ Des Pieds et Des Mains become the seventh different team to have won a coastal or super final race In a final sprint more reminiscent of the Tour’s cycling equivalent, a breakaway group of four each had a chance of coastal race victory today at the final buoy.
Posted on 21 Jul
Capa Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017 - day 2 - stirring the pot
A single round the islands race for the cruising classes and a windward-leeward followed by a passage for the racers A busy day on the water yesterday saw some excellent competition, close calls and racing incidents which resulted in a busy evening later for the Protest Committee onshore. All protests were heard, and come this morning the sailors were happy to be back out on the water as a forecast-defying 8-10 knot breeze got the fleet underway on Day 2 of the Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek 2017.
Posted on 21 Jul
Clipper 2017-18 Race – Ocean Racing Veteran takes over helm of Unicef
In addition to his Clipper Race achievements, Beggs, 57, is one of the UK’s best experienced racer and instructors In addition to his Clipper Race achievements, Beggs, 57, is one of the UK’s best experienced racer and instructors with over 340,000 nautical miles in his log book. Among his many racing campaigns are five Fastnet races as skipper, numerous Trans-Atlantic and Round Britain and Ireland races.
Posted on 21 Jul
2018 BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival – Registration open
Dubbed The Full Moon Race, 64 Islands, One Brilliant Night, the challenge is on for this 165-mile race. New for 2018 will be a long distance race around our 64 islands. Starting with the Round Tortola Race for the Nanny Cay Cup, sailors will continue to circumnavigate all the islands of the BVI's under the light of a full moon.
Posted on 21 Jul
Does Puerto Portals hold the key to the 52 Super Series title?
Müller-Spreer’s Platoon are breathing down their backs and Quantum Racing team are poised just six points off the lead. To date, this has been the most competitive 52 Super Series season yet. Four different teams have each won a regatta; Quantum Racing in Key West, Azzurra in Miami, Platoon at the Rolex TP52 World Championship in Scarlino and Niklas Zennström’s Rán Racing in Porto Cervo.
Posted on 21 Jul
Melges 24 World Championship celebrates 20 years
Already for the 20th time as the first-ever Melges 24 World Championships were held in Torquay, England in 1998 During these twenty remarkable years fifteen Melges 24 skippers in open and fifteen in Corinthian division have been crowned as World Champions. Excitement grows to see who are going to be the next ones!
Posted on 21 Jul
Price sustains lead after Day 3 of Governor’s Cup
Weis is in third with 14 wins, tied with Leonard Takahashi (NZL) of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Will Boulden (AUS) of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club won 11 matches. The all-girl team led by Clare Costanzo (AUS), of Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, rounds out the top six teams.
Posted on 21 Jul
Stunning superyachts to race in Candy Store Cup Newport
The largest yacht entered thus far is the 184’ Perini Navi ketch Zenji, which will join the other entries at Newport The working shipyard has become the epicenter of the megayacht industry in New England and is uniquely positioned on the Newport waterfront to allow the public to view the yachts that are berthed there.
Posted on 21 Jul
Liverpool announces team entry in Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Liverpool 2018 team will visit twelve international destinations on six different continents. Taking advantage of the race’s global platform, the Liverpool 2018 team will visit twelve international destinations on six different continents.
Posted on 20 Jul