Thursday, September 6, 2007

Blue by you...

RAMBLER Porto Cervo, 06 09 2007 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2007 Rambler ©Photo:ROLEX/Carlo Borlenghi
Picture this. The start line of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup just before the Racing Division sets off. Beautiful. Except you are sat on a cruising boat about two hundred feet directly in front of the line. From a small boat just beside the pin it is impressive enough as the 30-metre/25 tonne Alfa Romeo (NZL) thunders past, covering the photographers in spray as she hits the line on the gun with Morning Glory (GER) and Rambler (USA) on her hip. Just what is like from straight in front, goodness only knows. But what a sight it must have been being straddled by two of the biggest, fastest racing maxis on the water. Unsurprisingly the cruiser concerned did not hang around for the second start.

Today's race saw all four divisions undertake pretty much yesterday's route in reverse. Results-wise, Morning Glory was top gun in Racing, beating Alfa Romeo on handicap by 15 seconds. In the Cruising Division, Ranger (CAY) finished 15-minutes behind Ghost (USA), but came out ahead on handicap. For the Mini Maxis, Massimo Violati's OPS 5 (ITA) corrected out 16 seconds in front of Carlo Puri Negri's Atalanta II (ITA) and in the Wally Division, Lindsay Owen-Jones' Magic Carpet Squared (GBR) stole the show on the water beating Claus Peter Offen's Y3K (GER) by twenty-five seconds, but it was Indio in pole on corrected time. Full story @ Regattanews