First edition of the Frers Cup kicks off

The first edition of the Frers Cup, exclusively for owners of yachts designed by German Frers, commenced with a dockside Welcome Party in the ancient Sicilian City of Trapani.

The stunning new trophy designed by German Mani Frers and created by Andrea Salvatori was unveiled to the party. The art piece is fashioned from Faience tin-glazed ceramic and carbon fibre and depicts Gianni Agnelli’s Frers 93' Stealth.

Racing started with a scenic course around Levanzo, the smallest of the three main Aegadian Islands, nine miles west of Trapani. The three hour race provided spectacular views of Levanzo and a tactical challenge for the magnificent Frers fleet.

The 94ft Frers Maxi, Bristolian, got a great start but was soon overhauled by Wally 100, Gibian which led at the first mark. A tight reach to the channel between the islands of Levanzo and Favignana proved to be a perfect angle for Gibian's 700 sqm Code Zero and the powerful Maxi, helmed by Armando Grandi, extended her lead. Vincente Garcia Torres' Swan 80, Plis Play was first to hoist their gennaker and correctly anticipating the lift on the approach to Levanzo, the Spanish team was closing the gap on the leader. Plis Play made a tactical move after rounding the top of Levanzo by staying high and re-hoisting their gennaker to take the lead on the water, passing Gibian at the limestone lighthouse high above Capo Grosso. Plis Play took both line honours, and won the race on corrected time.

Racing at the Frers Cup continues Friday 28 June with a social programme after racing in the Frers Cup Regatta Village, Trapani.

By Gemma Fottles

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