The long awaited wind that everyone was looking for has finally arrived. It brought back a smile to everyone's face who is participating in the thirteenth edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, now taking place in the waters overlooking Porto Cervo.
After the first two days of racing with light wind, and after a third that was cancelled due to lack of wind, a nice mistral of about 12 knots made this fourth day of racing a spectacular event. The mistral wind pushed the yachts for the entire race on a route that took the Maxi's towards the archipelago islands of La Maddalena. Rounding the Spargi islands, where they hoisted the spinnaker, they passed the Budelli on a route towards Punta Sardegna, Capo d'Orso and Capo Ferro, before crossing the finish line.
Once again this third race was won by Alexia in the IMS division, driven by Alberto Roemmers Jr. while on non-elapsed time, the first to cross the finish line was Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory. Second was Sotto Voce belonging to the Dutchman Arien Van Vemde and third Pigi Loro Piana's My Song.
In the Wally division the race was won by Mattia Gualtiero's Askherout while first to finish was Tiketitan(above). Second place went to Vae Victis, the 77ft Wally belonging to Alessandro Grande, while in third place was Lindsay Owen Jones's Magic Carpet.
Last but not least, the Cruising division today was led again by Unfurled of American John Macklowe, with second and third place going to, respectively, Viriella and Antonisa.
The overall results show Alexia leader of the IMS division, followed by Sotto Voce and My Song. In the Wally class the leader is Magic Carpet, then Askherout and Genie of the Lamp, while in the Cruising division first place is shared by Unfurled and Antonisa.
Because of their size, Nautor Challenge and Nafta are not participating in the Rolex Cup 2002, as they are VOR design and do not rate as Maxi's. These two yachts are racing in the Unlimited division, and being led by Nautor Challenge.