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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup preview – A dramatic week of action expected

'Porto Cervo Marina - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2011'    © Rolex/Daniel Forster

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, being held in Porto Cervo in Italy, gets underway tomorrow 6th September. The regatta is scheduled to start at 11:30 CEST with coastal racing for all categories.

The 47 crews from 12 countries and territories present at the 2011 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup are keeping a close eye on the weather forecast ahead of tomorrow’s scheduled start to this eye-catching regatta. The outlook is lively. After a potent and contrasting cocktail of thunderstorms and benign winds was served over the weekend, predictions are for gusts of up to 30-35 knots for tomorrow’s proceedings. Hitting the ground running will be the order of the day for what promises to be a closely-contested and dramatic week of on-the-water action. Crews were busy training this morning, testing sails and honing manoeuvres. With the wind speed increasing after lunch, and to avoid any unwanted hitches, most crews sat out the afternoon.

Sixteen of the 47 crews will take part in the second Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship, open to yachts from 18.29 - 20.48 metres. Many of these crews have significant miles in their sails after an arduous season’s racing. Some other statistics: eight yachts will compete in the Supermaxi category, those in excess of 30.5m. The largest yacht in attendance is Albert Buell’s Saudade (GER). A mammoth148-ft. It is a privilege that she held in 2010.

Elsewhere 23 Maxi yachts will lock horns in the category of racing dedicated to the 24.09-30.5m racers. The fastest of these is predicted to be Igor Simcic’s Esimit Europa 2 (SLO). Sir Irvine Laidlaw’s 82-ft Wally hybrid Highland Fling (MON) is expected to provide her closest rival. In terms of nationalities, the largest contingent is unsurprisingly from Italy, with 16 of the 47 crews from the peninsula. The 12 British-flagged yachts represent the most significant foreign collection.

Ready to race
Peter Craig is the Principal Race Officer. He and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) Race Committee are braced for an intense week. 'As usual it is a terrific fleet broken into four different classes,' enthuses Craig, 'the Wally’s are as strong as ever, with 11 boats for a very close competition. Then there are the Mini Maxis going for the Rolex World Championship and there’s no telling how that is going to end up. Plus there will be some excellent racing in the Maxi racer/cruiser and the Supermaxi classes.'

Finding the balance is an important part of the race committee’s mission. 'There’s four starts every day, a lot of action and some of the best talent you will find anywhere in the world,' explains Craig, 'every day we hope two classes will compete in windward/leewards with multiple races and the other two classes in a coastal race. It is a real challenge for the race management team to get it done and get it done right, making sure the coastal race is taken care of whilst giving real quality windward/leewards.' Admittedly, the role of Principal Race Officer is not always an easy one. 'In any sport if the competitors are talking about race officials or referees you are not doing your job well,' continues Craig, 'so hopefully you won’t hear my name spoken very much! We are looking to give everyone fair racing and just the amount of racing they want.'

The conditions for the first few days look attractive, a forecast which has brought a smile to those looking for a bit of adventure: 'The weather looks challenging and is going to produce big breezes early in the week and then taper off. We may have some upper end breeze on Tuesday and Wednesday, right on the edge inside the strait of Bonifacio, so that will be interesting.'

Skippers Briefing at the YCCS Upper Terrace - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2011 -  © Rolex - Carlo Borlenghi?nid=88138  

As crews around the resplendent marina unload equipment, conduct training debriefs and discuss tactics, Craig closes:

'What stands out is the talent, just look at the afterguards across the board in all four classes. It is like a who’s who and that raises the game for everybody. The best people in the world are sailing here this week…'

De Angelis is part of the afterguard on the 68-ft Alegre (GBR): 'We have had two days of practice just to get familiar again with the place, go through the sail inventory and make sure everything is ready to go. The wind is expected to build for tomorrow, the weather in this part of the world is variable though and we will see how strong it is.'

Alegre has had a busy campaign of offshore racing and the transition to five intense days of competition has to be a considered one: 'It is a different game, from long offshores to the windward/leewards,' adds de Angelis, 'however, the team is very experienced and you just have to change your frame of mind and practices. Certainly in these races, you have less leisure to perform manoeuvres.'

In terms of competition, Alegre which finished in second in the 2010 Mini Maxi Rolex Worlds, is braced for a charged week: 'Rán are definitely strong competitors,' closes de Angelis, 'we have to be consistent, make no mistakes as we face strong competition. However, we are not just two boats competing, you have to deal with the other fourteen as well.'

As navigator on the 100-ft Esimit Europa 2 (SLO), Vila has been focusing on the potential weather forecast and diverse course options: 'The first days promise fresh breeze and exciting racing, which with our boat means we have to be careful as we will be reaching fast speeds. We’ve taken some heavy weather jibs onboard and the offshore mainsail, in case we race in strong weather. It is good to have some different configurations.'

Profound knowledge of the courses is not always enough as Vila continues: 'Most of us have sailed here many times, which will help, but you can never say that you know all the rocks, which makes it very tricky sometimes especially as so many can stick out.'

To pull out a few other star names in attendance: Jochen Schümann, three-time Olympic Gold medallist, is calling tactics on Sir Lindsay Owen Jones’ 94-ft Wally Magic Carpet (GBR), Adrian Stead is part of the afterguard on Niklas Zennström’s Rán (GBR), defending Mini Maxi Rolex Worlds champion, and America’s Cup legend Brad Butterworth is a new addition as tactician on the Mini Maxi Jethou (GBR).

For Peter Lerbrandt, owner/skipper of the 62-ft Vertical Smile (DEN), hitting the speeds of some of his Mini Maxi Rolex World rivals, is not on the agenda: 'We are prepared but not expecting to win, we are more a cruiser and here to enjoy ourselves as well. We like the shorter courses after all the offshore racing (Vertical Smile competed at both the Rolex Volcano Race and the Giraglia Rolex Cup) and for me it is the first time sailing here.'

Maxi Progress
Gianfranco Alberini has served as Secretary General of the International Maxi Association (IMA) since its foundation 30 years ago on the back of the first Maxi regatta in Porto Cervo. He was also former Commodore of event organisers, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS). Perhaps better than anybody he is in the position to judge the outstanding progress made in the Maxi class during that period.

'As in the other yachting classes there has been strong change from the beginning,' explains Alberini, 'at the beginning of the 1980s the Maxi fleet was limited in numbers and in dimensions. To have Maxi boats of 100-ft was not even considered at the beginning. The changes in technology and the characteristics of the boats are greater than could have been imagined. The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup represents the top annual event of the calendar as it is the event where we have largest number of Maxis present.'

On the Agenda
Racing commences, tomorrow, Tuesday 6 September and concludes on Saturday 10 September. Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, along with the International Maxi Association (IMA) and title sponsor Rolex, will provide a lavish array of first class social events including Saturday's final Prize Giving Ceremony, where the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup trophies and Rolex timepieces will be awarded.

Further information about the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, including the entry list and live tracking during the event, may be found on the YCCS website.




by Giles Pearman

  

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