GALLERY Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the charge of the 40


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BELLA MENTE, Sail n: USA 45, Nation: USA, Owner/Charterer: Hap Fauth, Model: maxi 72 ROBERTISSIMA III, Sail n: GBR7236R, Nation: CAY, Owner/Charterer: Roberto Tomasini, Model: maxi 72

The final round of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship, contested in 18 knots of sirocco, was the icing on the cake of a hard-fought and enthralling edition that thrilled owners, crews and spectators alike, aided by wind conditions that maximized the performance of this impressive (more than 40 boats at the start) and varied fleet.


It is Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente that is the world champion in the Maxi 72 class. The American team, entrusted to the experience of tactician Terry Hutchinson, had to earn this victory by struggling to the last with Robertissima III, of YCCS member Roberto Tomasini Grinover, who settled for the silver medal. Third place for Momo, by Dieter Schön, making his debut on the La Maddalena Archipelago race course.

In the Maxi division, which along with the Mini Maxi completed a slightly shorter course, raises the trophy on Michael Cotter’s 29-meter Windfall – aboard tactician Andy Beadsworth – which in the final rush got the better of its most insidious opponent, Great Horatio Pioneer Investments. Third place went to the Swan 77 Tugela. Among the Mini Maxi RC/SOTs, Riccardo De Michele sings victory as he and his H2O managed to beat Shirlaf’s team, who was forced to the second step of the podium despite the same final score. Third place for Wallyño. Finally, among Mini Maxi Racing triumphs Roberto Lacorte’s brand new Supernikka, launched this year and already the protagonist of a brilliant week. The 19-meter, with tactician Tommaso Chieffi aboard, leaves behind in order the British Spectre and Maximilian Klink’s Caro.

Position. Boat – R1/R2/R3/R4/R5/R6/R7/R8 – Total Points
1. Beautiful Mind (6)/2/1.25/2/2.5/1/3 – 13.75
2. Robertissima III 1/3/2.5/3/(4)/1.25/2/2 – 14.75
3. Momo 2/4/3.75/1/(6.25)/4/1 – 16.75

Position. Boat – R1/R2/R3/R4/R5/R6/R7 – Total Points
1. Open Season 1/1/1/1/(5)/2 – 7
2. Magic Carpet Cubed 2/2/(5)/4/3/1 – 15
3. J One (14)/3/3/3/2/1/3 – 15

Position. Boat – R1/R2/R3/R4/R5 – Total Points
1. Supernikka 1/(3)/1/1/2 – 5
2. Spectre (3)/2/2/2/1 – 7
3. Dear 2/1/3/(3) – 9

Position. Boat – R1/R2/R3/R4/R5 – Total Points
1. H2O 3/1/3/(5)/1 – 8
2. Shirlaf 2/3/1/(6)/2 – 8
3. Wallyño 1/(8)/4/1/5 – 11

Position. Boat – R1/R2/R3/R4/R5 – Total Points
1. Comanche 1/1/1/(1) – 4

Position. Boat – R1/R2/R3/R4/R5 – Total Points
1. Windfall 2/1/1/(2)/1 – 5
2. Great Horace Pioneer Investments 1/2/2/1/(2)- 6
3. Tugela 3/3/3/(3) – 12

Position. Boat – R1/R2/R3/R4/R5 – Total Points
1. Inoui 1/2/1/1/(2) – 5
2. Viriella 2/1/3/(3)/1 – 7
3. Hetairos 3/3/2/2/(3) – 10



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