second day of racing at the Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta, an
event organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of
title sponsor Giorgio Armani, was graced with an east-northeasterly
breeze of 10 to 14 knots, which allowed the Race Committee to
commence the starting procedures on schedule at 12.30 p.m.
The superyachts crossed the starting line located near the Bisce
island and set off on a course that would take them to
circumnavigate the islands of Caprera and La Maddalena in an
anticlockwise direction. Leaving the island of Spargi to starboard
and after passing through the channel between Palau and La
Maddalena, the competitors reached the Tre Monti shallows in the
Saline Gulf. From here they headed to the Monaci islet, rounded it,
and made for the finish line located in front of Porto Cervo, for a
course covering approximately 30 miles in total.
The Multihulls started on a reach, while the Superyachts sailed to
an offset mark before sailing around the perimeter of the
archipelago. After an individual staggered start with 3 minutes
between each boat, the superyachts reached the blowiest part of the
course in a compact group. Competitors found up to 15 knots to the
north of the La Maddalena island, after having sailed along one of
the most beautiful stretches of the Sardinian coastline.
Taking centre stage today were the schooner Mariette of 1915 and the
Wally 95 Magic Blue, owned by Antonio Cacace, and with Francesco De
Angelis calling tactics, which placed second in corrected time.
Mariette put in an excellent performance, winning today's race with
a very comfortable margin, unlike the rest of the fleet, where the
deltas in compensated time were much slimmer.
Third place went to the 108' Win Win, just 7 seconds ahead of Magic
Carpet Cubed - who maintains, however, the overall lead in the
provisional classification for the Superyacht Division. In the
Multihull race Allegra, with Australia's Paul Larsen on tactics,
took first place ahead of Highland Fling 17.
Francesco De Angelis, tactician on Magic Blue. “The course around
the islands today was beautiful. The first thing is that you have to
look and place your boat well on the course wind wise but you also
need to stay away from the rocks, and deal with the shifts, there is
a lot of manoeuvring to do. Our owner and helmsman, Tonino, was very
precise and concentrated all day. The crew did a good job and the
fleet is really strong, so when you’re ahead you try to keep that
clean air for as long as possible. Every time I come here I
appreciate how beautiful this place is, it seems simple in terms of
wind, but there’s always something different that makes that race
more complex, it’s great to be back here!”
The second day of the Southern Wind Rendezvous and Trophy saw the
fleet leave for a leisurely morning sail around the Monaci island,
where the SW82 Ammonite and the SW96 Sorceress managed to get in
some training in preparation for racing later in the season,
engaging in a sort of match race. The fleet then anchored in the
Pevero bay, while tonight the owners and their guests are invited to
the traditional dinner organised by Southern Wind.
Racing continues tomorrow with the start scheduled for 12.30. Light
winds are forecasts with stronger breezes possible locally.