Please select your home edition
Edition
PandB 2019 Autumn Sale - Leaderboard

Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta at Porto Cervo, Sardinia - Day 2

by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda 5 Jun 13:40 PDT 3-8 June 2019
Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2019 © Carlo Borlenghi

The second day of racing at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, an event organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, was characterised by ideal wind conditions for big boat racing. Winds of 18 to 23 knots from the southeast allowed the fleet to give their best on a regatta course that was nothing short of spectacular.

For the first time in a superyacht regatta, the boats in the Performance division tested - with resounding success and a lot of adrenaline - a fleet start with a windward offset mark, instead of the usual staggered start which remained in place for the Cruising division. Jim Pugh of the Reichel-Pugh Yacht Design studio was on board Magic Carpet 3 and commented: "The fleet start today was really beautiful with ten superyachts on the same line. We are very happy to be here at this event in Porto Cervo, it's fantastic. When you have wind that intensifies from 18 knots up to 25 and you take on a course of approximately 30 nautical miles, you have all the elements for optimal racing conditions."

The choice of the course by the Race Committee was indeed perfect, sending the Performance fleet to circumnavigate the islands of Caprera and La Maddalena counter clockwise, leaving a mark to port off the island of Barettinelli di Fuori before returning to Porto Cervo via Bomb Alley and the Bisce pass, covering a total distance of 30.5 miles.

The Cruising division sailed around Caprera and La Maddalena clockwise, leaving the islet of Barettini to port, a route of 24.3 miles. The spectacle of the two divisions coming together at the island of Spargi was unique, a dream scenario for anyone passionate about sailing. While the 50-metre Silencio, at the head of the Cruising fleet, rounded Punta Marginetto on La Maddalena, the gaff-rigged schooner Mariette of 1915, sailed with great skill ahead of Meteor and Q, met with the ultra-modern WallyCento Magic Carpet 3 leading the Performance fleet. On that section of the course the wind was blowing at 23 knots with gusts of 29 recorded at the top of the masts of the superyachts - a height of more than 50 metres.

Magic Carpet 3 repeated yesterday's success, chalking up another convincing victory, this time in front of Switzerland's 33-metre Inoui. Third place of the day went to the Wally Open Season, followed by Ribelle and Magic Blue, who finished on the same corrected time, a fairly rare occurrence which led to both being awarded the same average score. The provisional overall classification naturally sees Magic Carpet 3 in first place, followed by two more Wally yachts: Open Season and Magic Blue.

In the Cruising division the Perini Navi Silencio also gained her second win ahead of Mariette in second place. The 50-metre yachts Meteor and Q, who crossed the finish line in third and fourth place, treated spectators to an exciting battle of the giants throughout the race. Stephane Luca and Chris Main, respectively captain and tactician on board Inoui, commented: "For the first time the super-yachts started in the classic manner, on one line, and not individually as is usual, but it was a start that was completely safe for everyone. We started very well and this was the key for the day which, combined with perfect manoeuvres over the whole course, allowed us to get a great second place. We are happy with today's result and to be here racing in Porto Cervo, a place we love coming back to."

As regards the Southern Wind Trophy, the SW105 Kiboko Tres today led the SW82 Grande Orazio and the SW-RP 90 custom All Smoke. The provisional classification for the Trophy after two races sees a very even situation, with Kiboko Tres sharing the leadership with All Smoke and Grande Orazio. Jim Schmicker, vice president of Farr Yacht Design, who sailed on the SW105 Kiboko Tres said: "The boat is spectacular and always fast. The fleet start was very interesting, we are all professionals here, we know how to do a start and avoid potentially risky situations."

A rest day is scheduled for tomorrow for the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, while the yachts from the Southern Wind shipyard will compete for their dedicated trophy with a fresh westerly wind forecast. The first warning signal is scheduled for 11.30 a.m.

More Information:

Related Articles

Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week overall
Azzurra secure dream 2019 title Azzurra secured their fourth 52 Super Series championship title today as they played out a dream scenario. On their own home club's waters in the north of Sardinia on the last day of the closest and most competitive season in the eight year history Posted on 28 Sep
Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week day 4
Excellent performance from provisional leader Sled followed by Azzurra and Quantum Racing This morning at 11 a.m. as scheduled, the warning signal was given for the start of the first race. The crews competed until 3.30 pm, completing three races to bring the total number of races held to six. Posted on 27 Sep
Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week day 3
Mistral reigns supreme No racing took place on the third day of the Audi 52 Super Series due to strong mistral winds. The event is organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) with the support of title sponsor Audi. Posted on 26 Sep
Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week day 2
Takashi Okura's Sled holds a narrow lead after 3 races Although it is Takashi Okura's Sled which holds a narrow lead of just one point after the first three races of the Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week Porto Cervo 2019 Posted on 26 Sep
Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week day 1
Strong Mistral wind cancels racing on day one An increasingly strong mistral wind blowing at an average of over 25 knots, and gusting at up to 40, meant racing was cancelled for the first day of the Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week. Posted on 24 Sep
Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week practice race
A brisk warmup for what is shaping up to be a windy opening in Porto Cervo A Mistral breeze of up to 28 knots gave the ten-boat TP52 fleet a suitable test before racing starts Tuesday as well as serving a reminder that anything can happen. Posted on 23 Sep
Azzurra set for Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week
Azzurra will begin this event in the lead of the provisional overall results Since the 52 Super Series was first run in 2012, Azzurra has won the season three times and Quantum Racing has won four times. Platoon has come in second for the past two seasons and today she wants the top spot on the podium more than ever. Posted on 23 Sep
The One Ocean MBA's Conference and Regatta 2019
Held for the first time in Porto Cervo Yesterday saw the end of the 16th edition of the One Ocean MBA's Conference and Regatta, held for the first time in Porto Cervo. Posted on 22 Sep
Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week preview
Porto Cervo set for two or three cornered title showdown The closest finish to a title race in the history of the 52 SUPER SERIES will come to a head on the scenic waters of Sardinia's Costa Smeralda next week at the Audi 52 Super Series Sailing Week Porto Cervo. Posted on 21 Sep
Bella Mente at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
Up next: 2020 racing in the Med Challenging coastal courses and a variety of conditions, including shifting winds that ranged from light to brisk, tested the tactical and boat handling skills of Bella Mente Racing at the 2019 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Posted on 19 Sep
Vaikobi 2019AUG - Footer 2Naiad 660x82px_RescuePandB 2019 Autumn Sale - Footer