Porto Cervo, last act. A perfect day of sun and wind brought this 18th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup to a close.
Exulting among the Swan 60 and Swan Maxi respectively are Wohpe and Nikata, Yasha is the strongest among the Grand Prix, while Finola celebrates victory on the Classic. Earlybird is world champion in the Swan 45 Class, Natalia finally routs her opponents in the Club Swan 42 Class.
SWAN 60: WHOPE WON BY ROBERTO LAURO
A convincing victory, among the Swan 60s, for the crew of Wohpe, who took the top spot on the first day and defended it to the end. YCCS member Roberto Lauro’s Swan 601 finished ahead of Gerard Logel’s French Arobas and Vladimir Liubomirov’s Russian Bronenosec team.
SWAN MAXI: SWAN 82 NIKATA WINS, HALF A POINT BEHIND RODOLFI
The Swan Maxi standings held one’s breath until the very end, and the final result-a one-point gap between first and third-is a testament to that. The British Nikata’s Swan 82, with first place in today’s coastline, took the victory by half a point over Berenice Bis, Marco Rodolfi’s Swan 80, which in turn took second place on the podium, half a point ahead of the Americans of the Swan 80 Selene.
SWAN GRAND PRIX: JAPANESE SWAN 56 YASHA WINS
Celebrating is the crew of Yukihiro Ishida’s Japanese Swan 56 Yasha, which again today was the first among the Grand Prix to cross the finish line. No dice for Music, the South African Swan 53, which, despite today’s win on corrected time, finished second by a whisker. On the third step of the podium is the Swan 441 Best Buddies.
SWAN CLASSIC: SWAN 36 S&S FINOLA WINS
With a final twist of the tail, Chris Frost’s British Swan 36 Finola, owned by Chris Frost, sings victory among the Classic, thanks to first-place finishes in the last two races. The Swan 65 Shirlaf, leading this morning, with its fourth place finish today has to settle for the silver medal. Vincenzo Onorato’s Swan 38, Mascalzone Latino, closes in third.
EARLYBIRD WORLD CHAMPION AMONG SWAN 45S
The exciting head-to-head match between Germany’s Earlybird and Elena Nova, which lasted all week, was resolved with the crowning of Earlybird by Christian Nagel and Hendrik Brandis as Swan 45 class world champion, for the fourth consecutive time here at the Rolex Swan Cup. Second place, then, for Elena Nova of Christian Plump, who finished ahead of the Dutchmen of No Limits.
AMONG SWAN 42S YET ANOTHER NATALIA TRIUMPH
The Swan 42 fleet finally crowns Natalia ‘s team as the winner, closing all talk with a wide lead over the pursuers. Edward Leask’s British Magical Mystery Tour took second place in the rankings ahead of Leonardo Ferragamo’s Cuordileone, Chairman of Nautor’s Swan shipyard.