Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup día 3


©Carlo Borlenghi

©Carlo Borlenghi

Fuente info YCCS

MAXI BATTLE CONTINUES
Bella Mente, Magic Carpet 2, Aegir, Esimit Europa 2 and Nilaya lead

Porto Cervo, Italy. 5th September 2012. Following yesterday’s adverse weather conditions which prevented racing, the 34 sailing giants competing in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup were back out dong battle on the water today. At the conclusion of a long coastal course Aegir, Nilaya and Magic Carpet 2 retain pole position in the Racing/Cruising, Super Maxi and Wally divisions respectively while Esimit Europa 2 takes control of the Racing division.

Among the 12-boat Mini Maxi class, competing for the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship, Bella Mente now holds first place in the provisional overall classification. The event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the International Maxi Association (IMA), will host daily races through 8th September.

Hap Fauth’s newly-launched Bella Mente, designed by Judel/Vrolijk and built by New England Boatworks, had a great day and took two convincing bullets ahead of Shockwave and Stig respectively in Race Two, the first race of the day, and ahead of Caol Ila R and Shockwave in Race Three. Today’s excellent performance in the two windward-leeward races held for the class leaves Bella Mente, which has New-Zealand sailor John Cutler calling tactics, in first place in the overall provisional classification ahead of Niklas Zennstrom’s Rán in second place and Caol Ila R in third.

The 39 nautical mile course brought the remaining four divisions from the start off Porto Cervo west towards the coast to round the Secca Tre Monti before completing a circuit of the La Maddalena archipelago – providing a stunning sight for the many spectators, journalists and TV crews following the fleet on the regatta course. The Maxis then left the islands of Monaci, Barettinelli, Spargi and Santo Stefano to port before heading to the Gulf of Pevero and the finish in front of the YCCS observatory. Northerly winds of approximately 12 knots were sustained for the first part of the race but died out towards the final leg, leaving some of the large maxis struggling to get to the finish line.

In the Racing/Cruising division Altair got off to a good start and although she crossed the finish line second behind Aegir in real time, was able to claim victory on corrected time ahead of Brian Benjamin’s 25-metre hull and Marco Rodolfi’s Berenice Bis. Aegir continues to hold the lead overall with Altair 3 points behind and the Swan 80 Berenice Bis in third place.

Among the Racing division the pan-European team aboard Esimit Europa 2 was the first to cross the finish line today with a significant lead that allowed the 30-metre Reichel Pugh design to retain victory on corrected time ahead of Highland Fling and Velsheda. Esimit, with America’s Cup veteran Jochen Schumann as skipper, now leads an incredibly tight provisional classification, on equal points with second-placed Velsheda as well as third-placed Highland Fling.

Thomas Bscher’s Open Season took first place in the eight-boat Wally fleet in today’s coastal race ahead of overall class leader Magic Carpet2, owned by Lindsay Owen Jones. J One, with Jens Christensen on tactics, took third in today’s race and also sits in third place overall.

The largest yachts of the fleet, those of the Super Maxi division, were once again led by the 66-metre Hetairos in real time but it was Nilaya that triumphed on corrected time ahead of the Wally 148 Saudade. Nilaya also sits ahead of Saudade at the top of the overall classification with Peter Harrison’s 35 metre Sojana in third.

Racing is scheduled to continue tomorrow, Thursday 6th September, at 11.30 a.m. Mistral winds of approximately 10 knots are forecast. Follow the regattas on Twitter (YccsPortoCervo). For further information please visit the websites www.yccs.com – www.regattanews.com or contact the Press Office.

Provisional results
MINI MAXI
Position – Boat- R1/R2/R3 – Total points
1.Bella Mente – 3/1/1= 5
2.Ràn 2 – 1,5/4/4=9,5
3.Caol Ila R – 6/5/2=13
4.Stig – 9/3/5=17
WALLY
Position – Boat- R1/R2/R3 – Total points
1.Magic Carpet 2 – 1/2=3
2.Open Season – 4/1=5
3.J One – 2/3=5
4.Inti – 3/6=9
RACING/CRUISING
Position – Boat- R1/R2/R3 – Total points
1.Aegir – 1/2=3
2.Altair – 4/1=5
3.Berenice Bis – 2/3=5
4.Plis Play – 3/4=7
RACING
Position – Boat- R1/R2/R3 – Total points
1.Esimit Europa 2 – 3/1=4
2.Velsheda – 1/3=4
3.Highland Fling – 2/2=4
4.Firefly – 5/4=9
SUPERMAXI
Position – Boat- R1/R2/R3 – Total points
1.Nilaya – 2/2=4
2.Saudade – 6/4=10
3.Sojana – 4/8=12
4.Hetairos – 8/10=18

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