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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Waves of Alpine proportions

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, got underway successfully Tuesday, albeit in left-over waves of alpine proportions.

The Wallys and Maxi 72s, the latter sailing their Rolex World Championship, sailed two windward-leewards off Porto Cervo.

While the remaining classes sailed a coastal course taking them on a clockwise lap of the La Maddalena and Caprera.

After two races, defending Champion, Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente, leads the Maxi 72 Worlds, but today’s arduous outing, was tough for her American owner.

It was difficult to keep the boats in the groove and while Bella Mente won the first race, she finished tied second with Robertissima in race two behind Dieter Schon’s MOMO.

In the Wally class, the largest competing at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the Wally 107, Open Season, of prevailed in both races.

Following an absence of at least eight years from the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the Loro Piana family has returned with not one, but two boats:

Their trusty 18 year old Reichel Pugh IMS maxi, My Song, and their new Baltic built Reichel Pugh 130, also called My Song.

For the Loro Pianas the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup marks the swansong for their original steed, but they started well winning Tuesday’s race in the Maxi Racer-Cruiser class.

Next year the Loro Pianas will be graduating up to their new boat, which they are not racing here as it is still going through sea trials.

In the Mini Maxi Racer-Cruiser class Giuseppe Puttini’s Swan 65 Shirlaf, with a crew including former America’s Cup helmsman Paolo Cian, came out top.

More big wind is forecast for Wednesday.

Event website here

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