Day one of the 29th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship saw competitors sail off under blue skies on Monday morning. Taking place at Porto Cervo, racers were met with gusts of up to 18-knots on the 35-mile coastal route for half of the competing classes.
The Mini Maxi groups 1 and 2 competed on a very similar but slightly shorter course, while the Maxi 72s, competing for their World Championship, faced two windward-leeward races on a different regatta course.
Supermaxi class: Topaz
Maxi class: Massimiliano Florio's Southern Wind 82 Grande Orazio
Wally class: Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’ Magic Carpet Cubed
Maxi 72: MOMO
Mini Maxi Group 1: SuperNikka
Mini Maxi Group 2: H2O
These monohull yachts, which all measure over 18.29-metres, are set to continue racing tomorrow, Tuesday 4 September, with Supermaxi, Maxi, Maxi 72 and Mini Maxi Groups 1 and 2 scheduled for a coastal course, and the Wally fleet competing on a windward/leeward racetrack.