Magic Carpet Squared leads
Portofino lived up to its reputation for challenging and tricky racing conditions for the second day of racing for the Wallys at the Nespresso Cup Trophy. The wind took its time to materialise, although it was no hardship to sit and wait for the breeze in these beautiful surroundings as the weekend public enjoyed the splendour of the Wally fleet lined up on the quay.
The Yacht Club Italiano got today’s race away early in the afternoon in a 6-9 knot southeasterly breeze and, as if on cue, with the TV helicopter buzzing overhead, the sun finally made an appearance to light up the Wally fleet. It was Sir Lindsay Owen Jones’ Magic Carpet Squared that claimed victory in today’s race leading from start to finish, although as tactician Tony Rey explained it wasn’t quite as simple as it seemed: “Maybe we made it look easy off the boat but I can promise you it was not easy at any point. You’re never quite secure in your position but we were fortunate we found a nice place on the starting line and we were the first boat to tack on to port and that set us up to hit the first few shifts. From there, once you’ve sniffed the front, it’s easier to put your elbows out and keep the bigger boats behind us. Y3K and Indio are always good competitors and they certainly gained enough to make us nervous a few times.” As they did on the downwind leg as the breeze faded allowing the chasing boats to catch the leader with only 30 seconds separating Magic Carpet Squared from Y3K at the downwind mark.
Today’s win leaves Magic Carpet Squared at the top of the leaderboard on equal points with J One going into the final day tomorrow, setting the scene for an exciting duel: “We love racing against the J One team. It’s tough racing against them because they sail far behind us on elapsed time and it forces us to sail a perfect race to stay ahead,” said Rey.
The weather scenario here in Portofino has been far from normal as Italy’s favourite America’s Cup legend and Nespresso Cup Race Ambassador, Francesco de Angelis, explained: “It has been raining heavily on Italy for more than one week so very unusual weather pattern for this time of the year. But as long as there is a race that will be good as there are still a few positions that people can get if they beat their direct opponent - not just for first and second but also third and fourth.”
The ultimate day of this first edition of the Nespresso Cup is all set to be a show-stopper in every way.
Race 2 Overall Positions Top 3:
1 Magic Carpet Squared / Lindsay Owen Jones
2 J One / Jean-Charles Decaux
3 Y3K / Peter Claus Offen
Overall Position Nespresso Cup Trophy (Provisional) after 2 races:
1 / Magic Carpet Squared / Lindsay Owen Jones / 3 pts
2 / J One / Jean-Charles Decaux / 3 pts
3 / Y3K / Peter Claus Offen / 7pts
And from Carlo Borlenghi/www.borlenghi.com...