Today, the 5th of September, was the end of the second day of the Maxi Yacht Cup and the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, the prestigious regatta organized every year by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, which will end on 9 September.

Fifty boats racing in this 28th edition, grouped in various categories based on their technical specifications, sizes and performance and all over 60 foot.


Photo by Marcello Chiodino


A breathtaking race that saw a clash between real sea titans, the result of the most advanced sailing technologies and with internationally renowned crews. From the Maxi and Mini Maxi classes, to the large Wally class to the Maxi 72 Class, pure racers that meet the strict rules of the race and compete for the Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship.

In the first round, which took place on September 4, the larger yachts circumnavigated clockwise the Island of Spargi starting from Porto Cervo and crossing both at the start and the finish the Passo dei Bisce for a total of about 30 nautical miles. The Mini Maxi Racer Cruisers of Classes 1 and 2, however, made a shortened 8-mile run to a buoy positioned beneath the island of Spargi.

Today’s day included a coastal race with the exclusion of the Maxi 72 and Wally classes involved in racing tests between booms.



Second-day rankings



Here are the charts of this second round that see some changes compared to the first round held yesterday, September 4th.

At the head of the Super Maxi class, is Ribelle, 33 metres long designed by British McKeon for a YCCS member, captained by Francesco De Angelis, well known by the general public for being the skipper of Luna Rossa and winning the Louis Vuitton Cup in Auckland. He instead dropped to third place with Nilaya taking first place followed by Inoui.


Photo by Marcello Chiodino


In the Maxi class, there was a new first place for Rambler 88, the 88-footer fresh from winning the Line Hounours at the Rolex Fastnet Race, the super tough race that takes place every two years between England and Ireland.  They pushed Highland Fling XI down to second place followed by Sorceress.

Jethou re-establishes himself as a Champion among the Mini Maxi Rs leaving Spectre behind in second place and Lucky also losing a position.

The Mini Maxi RC1 class saw Wallyno come first, while Supernikka retaining its second place with Whope in third place. The Mini Maxi RC2, on the other hand, had H2O followed by Shirlaf and Lunz Am Meer.




The results from the first day



In the Maxi 72 Class first place went to Bella Mente, the 72 footer designed by Judel/Vrolijk Yacht Design and built by New England Boatworks with a crew made up of expert sailors from the US, Europe and New Zealand. Second and third plcaes went to Proteus and Momo.

While in the Wally class Magic Blue won it followed by Lyra and Nahita.


Photo by Marcello Chiodino


The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship finish Saturday 9th September and will be followed by the  YCCS 50th Anniversary Regatta from which many of the yachts present in these days will take part.

This important event will be open to all boats over 20 foot long in possession of a the relevant certificates and among these there will also be  the Open 50 of Andrea Mura, winner for the second time of the Ostar, and on board there is also the commodore of the YCCS.

Don’t miss this September this sailing event in one of the most exclusive locations of the Mediterranean. Stay connected with us!

Photo by Marcello Chiodino



For information in real time follow these links:

http://www.yccs.it/regate-2017/press/maxi_yacht_rolex_cup__rolex_maxi_72_world_championship-248.html

http://www.yccsfiles.com/results/myrc17/myrc17.htm