Indicative of how tight competition is between the 40 boats, lead changes again proliferated on day three of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship.
In the Super Maxi class, Marco Vogele’s 33m Inoui won today’s race and now holds a two point advantage over yesterday’s leader Viriella, the Maxi Dolphin 118 of Vittorio Moretti.
The Irish Southern Wind 94, Windfall, claimed her second straight win in the Maxi Racer Cruiser class, allowing her a point’s lead over her smaller sister, Massimiliano Florio’s Southern Wind 82, Grande Orazio Pioneer Investments.
In the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, the big winner was German Dieter Schön’s MOMO, which claimed both today’s races. Moving her into the lead, she is just 1.5 points ahead of Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente, in turn a quarter point ahead of Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s Robertissima III.
In the Mini Maxi Racing class, it remains similarly tight at the top. The new Mark Mills-designed 62, Supernikka of new International Maxi Association member Roberto Lacorte claimed the day and regained the lead from Maximilian Klink’s Botin 65, Caro. Peter Dubens’ Mani Frers-designed 60ft daysailer, Spectre, finished second today, leaving her third overall but just two points adrift of first.
“It wasn’t bad, today, but we had a few issues – the spinnaker released early and then we lost electrics on the mainsail,” advised Dubens.
Spectre is a special boat with ultra-low freeboard, a reverse ‘Dreadnought’ bow and canvas seats rather solid benches in her cockpit. She is quick too – yesterday hitting 19 knots.
Elsewhere at the top of the combined Mini Maxi Racer Cruiser and Spirit of Tradition classes just one point separates Giuseppe Puttini’s Swan 65, Shirlaf, and long term Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup participant Riccardo de Michele’s Vallicelli 80, H20.
In the Wallys, Thomas Bscher’s elongated, former WallyCento, Open Season maintained her perfect scoreline, securing two more bullets today. This leaves Sir Lindsay Owen Jones’ Magic Carpet Cubed and Jean Clarles Decaux’s Wally 77 J One fighting for second, both on 11 points, with IMA President Claus Peter Offen and his Wally 100 Y3K gunning hard in fourth.
Contrary to the schedule, racing will continue tomorrow with the Race Committee having moved the layday on to Friday when the forecast indicates there will be no wind at all.
by James Boyd