Skunked Again at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Published on September 7th, 2016

Porto Cervo, Italy (September 7, 2016) – Conditions proved too brisk today at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, leading to the second time in three days that the fleet was unable to race.

“It came in real heavy at 2300 last night with 30-40 knots,” Principal Race Officer Peter Craig explained. “This morning the wind was getting down to 20-25 here, but just to the north it was still 30-35 knots.”

But more than the wind, an even more mountainous sea state than yesterday was the main reason for Craig cancelling competition today.

Racing is set to continue tomorrow at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and PRO Peter Craig is confident of the final three days of the event being sailable, albeit in lighter conditions.

To try and recover the schedule, the first warning signal will be earlier tomorrow, at 1030, with the intention for the Maxi 72s to sail two coastal races. “They will be short to moderate length to make sure it is quality racing and then get them back to windward-leewards for the next two days,” concludes Craig.

Racing for 52 teams will take place September 5-10 over a mixture of windward-leeward and coastal courses.

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Source: International Maxi Association

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