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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Chamber of Commerce stuff!

There was a solid breeze for day three of racing at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup on Wednesday. In the Maxi 72s, Momo was the day’s big winner claiming both racesDieter Schön's Momo -

As Bryon Ehrhart, owner of Lucky, put it: “Today was great sailing - Chamber of Commerce stuff!”

Winds ranging from 10-20+ knots enabled the Maxi 72s and Wallys successfully to sail two windward-leewards, while the remaining five Maxi classes completed a coastal course, clockwise around Caprera and La Maddalena, with the wind piping up to the mid-20s.

In the Maxi 72s, Momo was today’s big winner claiming both races - the first by 2:51 under IRC corrected time from Dario Ferrari's Cannonball, the second by 1:12 from George Sakellaris' Proteus.

Momo now leads the Maxi 72 class overall.

Conditions favoured the bigger boats in the Wally class. Open Season of International Maxi Association President Thomas Bscher, claimed the first race.

Wally Fleet - Click image for a larger image

They were on a similar path in the second until she infringed the Wallycento Galateia in a top mark port-starboard incident. Open Season had to carry out a penalty turn which for a 107 footer is a major undertaking.

“That dropped us from first or second to 10th, second last,” observed tactician, Jochen Schümann.

Galateia won, but under IRC corrected time Nahita was second by just five seconds and Philippe Ligiers Ryokan 2 third a further two seconds back.

In the Super Maxis it was the turn of Kim Schindelhauer’s WinWin to live up to her name, moving her up to third overall behind Salvatore Trifiro's new Ribelle and Filip Balcaen's Baltic 112, Nilaya.

WinWin managed to get ahead through a clean start and getting in the groove on the fetch north of La Maddalena, her 80 tonnes at one point hitting 18 knots.

Among the Maxis it was again a 1,2 for George David’s Rambler 88 and Sir Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling XI. They are tied on five points overall.

For a second day running it was the brand new Southern Wind 96, Sorceress, of Canadian Will Apold that claimed third.

Bryon Ehrhart’s Lucky - Click image for a larger image

In the Mini Maxi Racing class, Sir Peter Ogden’s Judel Vrolijk 72 Jethou claimed her third win of the series, leaving American Bryon Ehrhart’s Reichel Pugh 63 Lucky to take second.

In the ultra-competitive Mini Maxi Racer Cruiser 1 class, Roberto Lacorte's Vismara 62 SuperNikka claimed today's race by 23 seconds from yesterday's winner, Benoît de Froidmont's Wally 60 Wallyño and now leads overall by a mere point.

In a rerun of yesterday's race, in Mini Maxi Racer Cruiser 2, Riccardo de Michele's Vallicelli 80 H2O won from Giuseppe Puttini's highly successful Swan 65 Shirlaf with Dr Marietta Gräfin Strasoldo's Swan 651 Lunz Am Meer third.

Thursday is a layday for all except the Wallys and Maxi 72s. They will sail two windward-leewards to make up for Tuesday’s lost races.

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