Second day of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Written by Gemma Fottles

The second day of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup being held in Costa Smeralda came to a close yesterday, witnessing more high-speed racing for the 40 participating yachts around the archipelago of La Maddalena.

Out in front of the five racing divisions was Comanche, owned by Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze, with the 30.48 metre sloop the first back to Porto Cervo after completing the 38 nm course in 2 hours, 34 minutes and 27 seconds.

In the Maxi 72 class Bella Mente pulled into the lead by the second turning mark after a strong breeze of 16 to 22 knots arrived.“We had a jib top on the long close reach and we were screaming along at 23 or 24 knots, I didn't even look back,”owner Hap Fauth states.“We put half a mile on everybody. She's got legs when there's a little bit of breeze and we've done a lot of offshore sailing, so we like this stuff."

Caol Ila R also competing in the Maxi 72 class unfortunately suffered a broken mast during one of the long reaches. Despite his regatta now being over, Caol Ila R’s owner, Alex Schaerer, remained positive. “Nobody got hurt, and that's the most important thing. We don't know why it happened, because there was only 17 knots of wind at the time, and weren’t doing anything unusual. The good news is that we have three more days of Porto Cervo and there are some good parties for us to enjoy!”

The provisional leaders of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup after two days of racing are Viriella (Supermaxi), Windfall (Maxi RC), Robertissima III (Maxi 72), H2O (Mini Maxi RC to SOT), CARO (Mini Maxi R)andOpen Season (Wally).

Racing continues today on day three of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

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