X-Cite wins 21st Easter Regatta
13 April 2017
annual Easter regatta in Hvar, Croatia made its 21st edition this
year with an impressive starting list of all the best Croatian ORC
boats and crews racing together with entries coming from Slovenia,
Italy, Russia and Ukraine. For most of the participants this race is
the start of preparations for the upcoming ORC World Championship in
July in Trieste. An additonal teaser for all particpants was quite
rich prize fund that included a new Ford Fiesta car. ORC boats were
divided in two classes with overall results also provided to
determine the overall winner.
Six windward/leeward races provided close battles in the waters off the island of Hvar with each race decided in differences of mere seconds in corrected time. The first racing day brought light wind conditions where X-Cite with Tonko Rameša on the helm won with significant advantage over last year's winner, the Salona 34 One owned by former Croatian Olympian Karlo Kuret. It was interesting to see on 3rd place Ivan Drinković’s Mareus, a modifed First 40.7, which is significantly lighter with a new keel as part of modifications done for the ORC Worlds in Trieste.
The second race day gave ideal conditions for 3 more windward/leeward races to be completed. The battle at the top was between two X-41’s, X-Cite and Nube. Nube was helmed by Mate Arapov, another former Croatian Olympian, who took the lead with one point ahead of X-Cite before the end of the last race. The racing was extremely close: in Race 3 Nube won over X-cite for just 2 seconds in Race 3 and only 1 second in Race 4. One and Mareus in 3rd and 4th respectively were also very close in corrected times, and it was shows again to win each boat needs to be sailed perfectly since this came down to the last day.
On this decisive day a nice 14-15 kts of westerly winds made for perfect conditions for the final drama: Nube made a risky start on the port tack in Race 5, breaking a rule and later and being disqualified in that race. Although she was able to discard that DSQ, her 7th place from Race 1 put her behind Nube and One...but there was still final race to be sailed. X-Cite then showed her form by winning Race 6 with 16 seconds of corrected time ahead the Nube, and could start her celebration of the overall win. One ended this Race 6th, but with a discard she managed to keep 2nd place overall ahead of Nube in 3rd place.