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Racing blown off at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Peter Craig and his race team from the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda had to abandon racing on the opening day of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

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Conditions on Monday made sailing extremely difficult.

Not only did it make it difficult to set courses, but also the logistics of moving these very large boats in and out of the narrow harbour entrance safely.

Sir Peter Harrison, Vice President of the International Maxi Association’s Supermaxi Division was also keen to get racing with his 35m long Farr Yacht Design ketch Sojana, following a lengthy refit.

“We had 134,000 miles on the clock, so all the mechanical and electrical stuff was beginning to age, so we have replaced all of that."

"It is all new teak decking and new sails and all new rigging,” says Sir Peter, for whom this is only his second event since getting Sojana back on the water earlier this year.

This year three boats are making their debuts at this event:

Irvine Laidlaw’s new Swan 115 Highland Fling 15, plus two Baltic Yachts-built high performance carbon fibre one-offs: the Nauta 115 Nikata and the Javier Jaudenes-designed Win Win.

Conditions are forecast to be brisk, but sailable, Tuesday.

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James Boyd
5 September 2016 17:14 GMT


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