Kicking off on the 6th September in Porto Cervo, the first day of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup was a great success throughout the five competing divisions with a total of 40 yachts participating. This years edition sees iconic designs return to the event, including the 1997 Wally Genie of the Lamp, and the Swan 65 ketch Shirlaf.
In the Wally Class - comprised of 13 superyachts - Open Season was the clear winner of the day, with Magic Carpet Cubed coming in second overall. The Maxi 72s saw fortunes ebb and flow, with no clear team dominating the events of the day, whilst in the Super Maxi class, Inoui took first place.
Owner of the Wally Cento Magic Carpet Cubed, Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, comments on his participation in the event this year, stating: “This regatta, it’s the one we all love because it's the most difficult. Here everything is always so different and unpredictable. It's never quite the same twice, no matter how much you practise.”
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will be held until the 12th September.