Powerful line up for Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Two new Mini Maxis and the first WallyCento are gracing Porto Cervo

Monday September 3rd 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: Akrotiri

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup sets sail today with five days of competition off the Costa Smeralda and Maddalena Archipelago, but with the ominous prospect of gale force winds forecast for mid-week.

34 of the world's largest racing sailboats are entered ranging from the 18.30m @robas (FRA) up to the collosus, the 66m ketch Hetairos. This year's event marks the debut of the first WallyCento in Charles Dunstone’s Wally Hamilton while two new maximum length (72ft) Judel Vrolijk designs will be competing for the Mini Maxi World Championship in American Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente and the Italian Stig, owned by Alessandro Rombelli.

Among the afterguard on Bella Mente is 2006 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year and Volvo Ocean Race winner Mike Sanderson. “We’re really excited,” he remarks. “The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is one of the great events on the calendar, where the fascination is seeing all of the hardware together - a collection of amazing boats in terms of power and sail.In the Mini Maxi class, the level is very high. The other guys currently have a bit more refinement and finesse including Rán who are a very polished act with a very consistent crew.”

Favourite for the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship is Niklas Zennström's Rán 2, winner of the first two Mini Maxi World Championships. But in addition to the new competition, she will also face Sir Peter Ogden's revamped Jethou now lengthened to 18.9m (read about her mods here) American George Sakellaris’ Shockwave, and the Mills 68 Caol Ila R, formerly Andres Soriano's Alegre – second in 2010 and 2011 – now sold to Alex Schärer who will be making the transition from his racer/cruiser of the same name.

In addition to the Mini Maxis a number of other successful boats are in attendance. Filip Balcaen’s 34.13m Nilaya won line honours in the Rolex Volcano Race and returns to Porto Cervo to defend her Supermaxi class title. Igor Simcic’s 100ft Esimit Europa 2 comes here after smashing the record for the Giraglia Rolex Cup and has just set a new fastest time between Monte Carlo and Porto Cervo.

Edoardo Recchi, Sporting Director of event organiser the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, believes a vintage edition is in store, revealing: “We are very happy to have a fleet of 34 boats with a number sailing here for the first time. The Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship, in particular, will be very competitive because all the Mini Maxis are, from a certain point of view, as good as new, with many having changed keels or rigs.” As Recchi confirms, the week will be a test of each crew’s resolve and endurance: “For the Maxis and Supermaxis five coastal races are planned and for the Mini Maxis and Wallys there will be three coastal races and four windward/leeward races.”

Tomorrow, coastal races are scheduled for the event’s five classes (Maxi Racing, Maxi Racing/Cruising, Mini Maxi, Supermaxi and Wally).

Line up

Yacht Class Nat Owner / Charterer LOA Beam Draft Type
AEGIR Maxi Racer/Cruiser GBR Brian Benjamin 25.08 5.78 4.5 Carbon Ocean 82
ALTAIR Maxi Racer/Cruiser ITA Leasint spa 27.71 6.46 4.4 Swan 90
BERENICE BIS Maxi Racer/Cruiser ITA Marco Rodolfi 25.08 6.08 4.07 Swan 80 -101
BETTER PLACE Supermaxi CAY Vardom Holdings 47.68 10.25 4.5 WY 164 BT
CHRISCO Maxi Racer/Cruiser MLT Dieter Schoen 30.49 6.76 4.2 CNB 100
DARK SHADOW Wally MON André Auberton 30.45 6.75 4.39 Wally 100
ESIMIT EUROPA 2 Maxi Racer  SLO Esimit Europa ltd 30.48 5.19 5.3 RP 148
FIREFLY Maxi Racer NED Reedery Najade 35 5.56 5.3 Hoek 115
GENIE Wally LUX Genie S.A. 24.39 5.86 3.97 Wally 77
HAMILTON Wally GBR Charles Ounstone 30.47 7.2 4.5 WallyCento
HETAIROS Supermaxi CY Panamax Ltd 66 10.5 9 Custom
HIGHLAND FLING Maxi Racer  MON Irvine Laidlaw 25.24 5.92 5.01 Wally 82
INTI Wally ITA Lauro Buoro 23.99 5.97 4.04 Wally 80
J ONE Wally GBR Jean Charlse Decaux 24.4 5.84 4.06 Wally
MAGIC CARPET 2 Wally GBR Sir Lindsay Owen Jones 28.53 6.19 5.36 Wally 94-1
NILAYA Supermaxi GBR Ficaya Ltd 34.13 7.53 5.53 RP112
OPEN SEASON Wally GBR Thomas Bscher 28.6 6.42 4.88 Wally
PLIS PLAY Maxi Racer/Cruiser ESP Escuela Mediterranea Vela 24.4 5.84 4.05 Swan 80
SAUDADE Supermaxi GER Albert Buell 45.19 8.55 4.6 Wally
SENSEI Wally GBR Agape Investment Ltd 23.99 5.97 4.09 Wally 80
SOJANA Supermaxi GBR Peter R. Harrison 35 7.6 4.5 Farr 115
SOLLEONE Maxi Racer/Cruiser ITA Freccia Blu 27.8 6.45 4 Swan 905
VELSHEDA Maxi Racer GBR Tarbat Investments 39.5 6.57 6.57 J Class
VIRIELLA Supermaxi ITA Vittorio Moretti 36 7.8 5.5 MD 118
WIZARD Maxi Racer/Cruiser ITA Sevi Fruscella 24.3 6 3.5 Vallicelli 80
Mini Maxis              
@ROBAS Racer/Cruiser FRA Geràrd Logel 18.3 4.54 3.61 Swan 601
B2 NATALI Racer/Cruiser ITA Michele Galli 18.98 4.79 3.55 Vismara 62
BELLA MENTE Racer  USA Hap Fauth 21.94 5.75 4.97 JV72
BRONENOSEC Racer/Cruiser RUS Vladimir Liubomirov 18.94 5.09 3.62 Swan 60
CAOL ILA R Racer USA Ocean Racing III 21.01 4.78 4.72 68 custom
H2O Racer/Cruiser ITA Riccardo de Michele 23.8 6.1 3.8 Vallicelli 80
JETHOU Racer  GBR Sir Peter Ogden 18.9 4.85 4.16 JV60 
RÁN Racer  GBR Niklas Zennstrom 21.91 5.74 5.18 JV72
SHOCKWAVE Racer  USA Artemis Ltd / G. Sakellaris 21.8 5.41 5.11 RP72
STIG Racer  ITA Alessandro Rombelli 21.95 5.75 5.2 JV72
TWIN SOUL 6 - MONSIEUR Racer/Cruiser ITA Luciano Gandini 19.95 4.96 4.15 Mylius 19e95
WILD JOE Racer  HUN Chemimpex Int. Ltd 18.57 4.01 4.1 RP 60


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