Harry Macklowe’s Unfurledand Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling XIhave been crowned the winners of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2011 in Porto Cervo. With strong winds forcing the final race day to be cancelled, Unfurled’s 1st and 2nd places from previous days earned victory in the Cruising Division by one point from Kora 5 of Portofino, with Hasso Plattner’s Baltic 147 Visione in 3rd overall.
The strong winds that prevailed for the week suited the ultra-light planing hull of Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling XI. The Reichel-Pugh 82 scored two 1st places to win convincingly ahead of Andrea Recordati’s Wally 101 Indio, with Pier Luigi Loro Piana’s My Song in 3rd overall.
Principal Race Officer Peter Craig was sad not to be able to stage a final race for the 27 yachts, but it would have been a tough and dangerous day on the Costa Smeralda. ‘We were seeing all the forecast models predict 30 knots plus in the afternoon,’ he said.
In the afternoon the prize giving at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda brought the regatta to a close, with the wind still blowing hard but the sun beaming down on hundreds of sailors and guests. In addition to winning the Performance Division, Highland Fling’s corrected time calculations under IRC, across all races in both divisions gave Lord Laidlaw the Loro Piana Prize Overall, the Silver Jubilee Cup by Boat International Media.
Highland Fling won further awards for the top classified YCCS Member and the top classified member of the International Maxi Association.
Lord Laidlaw said his greatest pleasure this week was: ‘Sailing with a great team who just didn’t make a mistake, and being part of that team. People are working hard all the time, and it all goes so smoothly. I love coming to Porto Cervo, we have a home here. We’ve been coming since 1982 and will continue coming here until I kick up the soil. I love the weather and I love the wind.’
Other prizes went to Southern Wind’s 33.6 metre flagship yacht Thalimaas the best classified Southern Wind yacht, and to Salvatore Trifiro’s 50 metre Zefiraas the best classified vessel from the Fitzroy Yachts shipyard. Ed Bosarge’s spectacular 56 metre ketch, Mariewas presented with a beautifully framed, hand crafted light chart of the Bonifacio Strait by Latitude Kinsale for best representing the Spirit of the Regatta. The yacht sails with a grand piano below decks (sometimes played during racing), a full suit of armour, and a cannon which is fired every time Marie goes to sea.
YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo was understandably proud of the event’s success: ‘Despite difficult weather conditions this has been a great event. The racing was great as was the social side and the collaboration with Loro Piana and Boat International Media is a winning one, as shown by this spectacular fleet. I have never seen such a fleet of superyachts gathered together in the Mediterranean before. The new rules which ISAF has allowed us to apply, regarding safety measures for racing superyachts, are a step forward and I know organisers and participants alike are already looking forward to the 2012 edition.’
The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2012 will take place early June 2012.
Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta