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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup clears the paperwork

Another day lost at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, conditions proved too brisk for racing off Porto Cervo.Attendees at the International Maxi Association AGM -

Principal Race Officer Peter Craig explained: “It came in real heavy at 23:00 last night with 30-40 knots."

"This morning the wind was getting down to 20-25 here, but just to the north it was still 30-35 knots.”

However it was not the wind, but an even more mountainous sea state than Wednesday that was the main reason for Craig cancelling competition today.

With the change in schedule, the International Maxi Association took the opportunity to hold its Annual General Meeting.

Andrew McIrvine was re-elected as Secretary General while George Andreadis stood down as Treasurer to be replaced by Sir Peter Ogden, owner of the Maxi 72, Jethou.

Taking over as Vice Presidents in the Mini Maxi Racer and Racer Cruiser divisions respectively were Roberto Lacorte (owner of the Vismara-built Mills 62) and Benoit de Froidmont (owner of the Wally 60, Wally?o).

A preliminary 2017 race schedule was announced for the Maxi 72s including the RORC Caribbean 600 and Les Voiles St Barth in the Caribbean before the boats return to the Mediterranean.

There their schedule includes regular fixtures such as a Palma Vela, Copa del Rey MAPFRE and the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

There are two new events, the first to take place at the end of May at a venue (probably in Italy) still to be finalised, the second, the Corfu Challenge Trophy, taking place over 3-8 July.

Racing is set to continue Thursday at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and PRO Peter Craig is confident of the final three days of the event being sailable, albeit in lighter conditions.