First racing day of the Southern Wind Shipyard Trophy

A perfect day marked the beginning of the XII edition of the Southern Wind Shipyard Trophy, hosted by the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in the gorgeous setting of Porto Cervo, Sardinia.

A constant wind from north west took the SWS fleet in a 31 mile long captivating route around La Maddalena Islands. Two days of intensive training enabled the crews on board the six competing vessels to test the yachts, settling and organising the positions on board.

From the very first leg upwind the ranking took shape, and SW82 Grande Orazio outstripped all the other yachts in the fleet. SW100 Cape Arrow gave an excellent performance, confirming her undisputed leadership of her 2012 trophy.

Peter Holmberg, winner of the America's Cup in 2007 as tactician, has managed the regatta skillfully from the first buoy. Farewell achieved a notable 3rd place, with the owner Mr Alessandro Rinaldi at the helm.

Based on these premises, the remaining three days of challenges in the XII SWS Trophy will be a fascinating and unforgettable experience.

By Gemma Fottles

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