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Splendido Mare Cup - Day 1

by Yacht Club Italiano 6 May 14:07 PDT 5-9 May 2021
Splendido Mare Cup © Yacht Club Italiano / Studio Borlenghi

Waves of two metres and an easterly/south-easterly between 15 and 20 knots were the conditions for the first day of racing in the Splendido Mare Cup in Portofino.

At 11.27 this morning the race committee sounded the gun for the day's race over a course of 19 miles between Portofino and Sestri Levante. There were 15 maxis on the start line and completed the race in little more than two hours. Two hours, one minute and 26 seconds was the winner's time for Carlo Alberini's Pendragon, and the yachts returned to their moorings in the early afternoon.

The final ranking after the calculation of compensated times saw the first victory go to Rinaldo Del Bono's R/P 78 Capricorno with second place for Luciano Gandini's Mylius 80 Twin Soul B and third for Andrea Bianchedi's Swan 98 Drifter Cube.

It was a great performance by Capricorno (ex Morning Glory), a true thoroughbred Reichel Pugh 78 built by the McConaghy Yard in 1995. She was conceived as a robust and extremely avant-garde racing yacht built to dominate in ocean racing. In Portofino she has an exceptional crew, made up of many Italian sailing talents including Tiziano Nava, Alberto Fantini, Stefano Rizzi, Giovanni Cassinari, Matteo Plazzi and Angelo Romanengo.

The live TV coverage of the race was a great success with Roberto Ferrarese in the studio coordinating the services of correspondence on the water, some on supporting boats, others on board yachts taking part in the race.

Tomorrow will be the second day of racing with weather expected to be fairly tough with waves of 3 1/2 m and strong wind.

"Today we saw the very beginning of the 2021 maxi season in the Med", IMA Secretary General Andrew McIrvine said, "May I thank the Yacht Club Italiano, the shipyards and the sponsors and suppliers that strongly believed Portofino could host the first edition of the Regate di Primavera - Splendido Mare Cup, despite the difficulties still depending from the sanitary emergency. And thanks to maxi owners, that have been insisting on their desire to race leaving behind them the emptiness of last year."

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