Terry e Olivia Hui, armatori di Lyra, primi classificati al Campionato Europeo Maxi © ROLEX / Studio Borlenghi
Wally 77 Lyra queen of the first Maxi European Championship
The Settimana dei Tre Golfi concluded for the Maxis "where the sea sparkles and the wind rushes" in the words of Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla. The "old terrace overlooking the gulf of Sorrento" in this case belonged to the former summer seat of the Circolo Remo e Vela Italia, now the charming B&B Marina Piccola 73, which owner Roberta Fiorentino kindly made available to the organisers of the regatta.
The final day of a week of challenging racing, with shifty winds and stunning backdrops, took the boats on a classic circumnavigation of the island of Capri, for a total of approximately 15 miles.
Light winds from the south at the start, an upwind leg between Capri and the mainland, then on past the Faraglioni rocks, the red and white lighthouse of Punta Carena, the Blue Grotto – basically all the iconic landmarks of the world's most famous island were left to starboard.
Another day of light and shifty breeze on the regatta course for the ORC Class boats taking part in the ORC Mediterranean Championship and National Tyrrhenian Championship. Despite the light airs, two races were held today and the rankings have begun to take shape.
The day brought plenty of changes to the course and some races had to be cancelled shortly after the start due to significant shifts or the breeze dropping out completely, with decisions promptly taken by the Race Committee headed by Francesco Coraggio.
From early morning the AP flag was hoisted ashore, postponing the start by an hour. A light wind from the south moved into the race course located in the channel between Punta Campanella and Capri, blowing at around 8 knots and dropping towards the end of the first race, won by Andrea Rossi's Mela among the larger boats, and by Lady Day 998, owned by Corrado Annis, in the Racing 2 Class. In the Cruising Class Ars Una, owned by Antonio Giulio Cafaro, and Escape, owned by Lucio Di Mauro, completed excellent races and took the top spots in their respective groupings.
The fleet had to wait almost an hour before being able to continue with the second race. With the breeze finally settling at 260° and around 6 knots, the Race Committee was able to launch the starting procedures for the second race of the day and complete it.
This time the victors in Group 1 were Xio, followed by Blue and Morgan V, owned by Nicola de Gemmis.
For the smaller boats in the Racing Class, ToBe claimed first place in what was the third race of the Championship that got underway yesterday.
Leading the provisional general classification of the National Tyrrhenian Championship in the Racing Group 1 are Xio, owned Marco Serafini, followed by Andrea Rossi's Mela, and Roberto Monti's Blue.