Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Penultimate day

The Wallys and Maxi 72s, the latter sailing their Rolex World Championship, completed two short coastal races off Porto Cervo at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Wally 107 Open Season -

In the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, there was a new winner in the first race in Sir Peter Odgen’s Jethou.

The jet black Maxi 72 went the right way up the first beat and then managed to hang on.

Sadly in the ultra-light second race they were unable to repeat this.

After the first race Dieter Schon’s MOMO was just a quarter point behind Maxi 72 leader, Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente.

But a victory for the American boat in Friday’s second and final race to MOMO’s fifth, has increased Bella Mente’s lead to four points going into the final day.

In the Wallys, the races were won by Claus Peter Offen and his Wally 100, Y3K, and the Wally 80, Tango G.

However while the latter is up to second place she will be hard pressed to displace Thomas Bscher, and his Wally 107, Open Season.

Open Season’s winning streak finally came to an end today, posting a 2-8, but she is still seven points clear of Tango G.

In the Supermaxis, Friday's race saw the first victory for Lord Laidlaw’s new Swan 115, Highland Fling.

However Kim Schindelhauer's powerful and consistent 33m long Winwin posted a fourth, leaving her in the lead, four points clear of Marco Vogele's Briand-designed Inoui.

Between the two Js, sailing in the Supermaxi class, Velsheda dispatched Lionheart for a second day running.

Also for a second day running, Mike Slade’s well-travelled Farr 100 Leopard 3 beat George David’s Rambler 88.

Pier Luigi Loro Piana's My Son - Click image for a larger image

In the Maxi Racer-Cruiser Class Pier Luigi Loro Piana's My Song is looking strong with a five point lead over the Swan 80, Alpina.

A second consecutive bullet for Carlo Alessandro Puri Negri’s Atalanta II, caused the Farr 70 to pull into the lead in the Mini Maxi Racing class.

Benoit de Froidmont’s Wally 60 Wallyno similarly scored a second consecutive bullet to move ahead in the Mini Maxi Racer-Cruiser class.

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