LORO PIANA SUPERYACHT REGATTA - RACE DAY 2
By Tim Thomas, Editor of Boat International
Next up to start were the superyachts in the cruising division, but in the few minutes after the performance yachts had begun their beat, the wind dropped away almost to nothing, before starting to fill in from a different direction. Principle Race Officer Peter Craig’s voiced crackled with surprise over the VHF race channel. ‘The southerly has crept in very quickly,’ he said as the postponement flag was raised and the committee boat weighed anchor to head north up the track. The intent was to see if the wind at the entrance to bomb alley was still from the west, giving the committee the chance to start the fleet on a similar, shorter course to the performance yachts. But once the committee boat had dropped anchor near Isola Dei Cappuccini the new breeze had followed the fleet, filling in from the east at around 10 knots, and a new course – south to Mortoriotto, round Soffi Island and back to a finish of Porto Cervo – was announced. ‘The breeze has done exactly what we thought it wouldn’t do,’ said Craig wryly over the VHF.
Back on the dock, there were smiles all round, and perhaps the biggest smile of all was on the face of Juan Ignacio Entrecanales, owner of the Southern Wind Kiboko. ‘I am very happy,’ he beamed, ‘as this is my first regatta with this boat. A key moment was when we rounded Soffi Island where we managed to sneak inside a lot of the fleet. We were always doing 10-11 knots plus upwind at an apparent angle of 21-22 degrees, and reaching we were making 12.5-13.5 knots, going fast and very steady. This type of racing [through the islands] is very beautiful!’
‘Today was a day for the Southern Wind yachts,’ commented Andy Green, helmsman on the 37.1m Moonbird which came in eighth today after a second yesterday. ‘We prefer heavier weather!’
‘The pleasure,’ commented another Southern Wind owner, ‘is when a donkey like me helms and the boat goes! We enjoyed today a lot – it was fantastic, relaxing, beautifulů’
For seasoned pro and match racer Cameron Appleton, calling tactics this week on the 45m Salperton, there was also much to smile about today after the yacht came home fifth. ‘We were really pleased today,’ he said after racing. ‘When it sets up a little lighter, it’s always a little harder as we are starting at the back of the sequence, but the guys have done a really good job getting the boat set up with the sails and we sailed well today. The boat got put in the right places at a number of key moments which was really good.’ Indeed, it was some spectacle to see her charging through the fleet. Also on board was Rodney Martin, managing director of Fitzroy Yachts where the yacht was built. ‘There was nice flat water and a steady breeze in the end today. It’s good to see the yacht performing well, and it’s great fun being on the boat – she has had the same crew for a while so everyone knows what they’re doing.’
But perhaps the greatest satisfaction was reserved for the owner and crew of Scorpione Dei Mari, whose third place matched their result from yesterday, and put them as current leaders overall. ‘It was chalk and cheese from yesterday’s race,’ said her captain Clive Walker after racing, ‘but the race committee did a good job – it was a great race today, a cracking race. Our goal is to sail conservatively and to be consistent, and it looks to be paying off right now!’ With some of the fleet revelling in lighter conditions and some performing better in heavy airs, that consistency may yet prove key for the overall win at the end of the week. ‘What we need is another light day, and another heavy day!’ Walker quipped.
Tomorrow is scheduled as a lay day for the cruising division, with the performance division heading out for their third race of the week.
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