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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Difficult day in paradise

Tricky conditions and dual breezes made life difficult on day two of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo. Giuseppe Puttini's Swan 65 Shirlaf -

Tuesday the seven fleets were split, the Maxi 72s and Wallys sailing windward-leewards. After a short delay both were sent off up the course into a light north northeasterly.

But half way down the run, the wind turned through 180° and the race committee swiftly abandoned both races and racing was cancelled for the day for both classes.

Better news for the Super Maxi, Maxi and Mini Maxi classes. They were sent off on a 25.5 mile anti-clockwise lap of La Maddalena, with the ubiquitous final run down ‘Bomb Alley’.

The large boats finished off Porto Cervo, while the three Mini Maxi classes had their course shortened at Isola delle Bisce, the southern end of Bomb Alley.

North of La Maddalena crews were experiencing as much as 18-19 knots of wind.

Sir Peter Odgen’s Jethou - Click image for a larger image

Sir Peter Odgen’s Jethou – today’s big winner, claimed Mini Maxi Racing under IRC corrected time by 16 minutes from Peter Dubens’ Spectre.

The same southeasterly breeze causing the Maxi 72 and Wally abandonments, extended north towards Bomb Alley.

While the course for the Mini Maxi classes was shortened before this, the larger classes had to struggle through it.

This caused some disgruntlement especially in the Super Maxi class where the new 32.5m Malcolm McKeon-designed Ribelle claimed the Super Maxi class mainly by avoiding a hole which Nilaya and WinWin were stuck in ahead of her.

Like Jethou in the Mini Maxi Racing class, the fastest boats also won under IRC corrected time in the Maxi class.

Here George David’s Rambler 88 sped around the course followed by Sir Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling XI, but with a massive gap under IRC of almost 16 minutes between Rambler 88 and Canadian Will Apold’s Southern Wind 96, Sorceress.

Benoît de Froidmont’s Wally 60, Wallyno - Click image for a larger image

The most competitive class remains Mini Maxi Racer Cruiser 1 where today’s winner was Benoît de Froidmont’s Wally 60 Wallyño.

They won by just 34 seconds on corrected time to Roberto Lacorte’s Vismara 62 SuperNikka. Just over two minutes separate the top five.

Winner in Mini Maxi Racing Cruiser 2 was the Vallicelli 80, H20, of perennial Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup competitor and IMA member Riccardo De Michele.

Their victory was tightest across all of the class’, by just 11 seconds from Giuseppe Puttini’s Swan 65 Shirlaf.

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