(Source: Southern Spars)
Southern Spars-rigged yachts achieved impressive results across all four divisions in the 2011 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Italy.
|Niklas Zennström’s RAN2. Photo By: Rolex /Carlo Borlenghi|
Southern Spars-rigged Rán’s second successive triumph in the Mini Maxi Rolex Worlds was in the bag after a convincing start to the week, when she won three of her four bullets. Three weeks earlier Niklas Zennström’s Rán also claimed a second straight overall victory at the Rolex Fastnet Race. Rán are in imperious form; her three main rivals, Alegre (GBR), Shockwave (USA) and Jethou (GBR) all had moments in the sun but never really got close enough.
Zennström’s crew arrived in Porto Cervo with a single objective: “We came here to defend our championship title and pulled off a very good series, sailing very well often under pressure. We came into today with a comfortable lead so we knew we just had to sail well and not make any stupid mistakes.” The Rán crew enjoyed the challenge posed by this week’s temperamental conditions: “This venue is fantastic, you always have good wind during the week here in Porto Cervo. It was a little challenging with the Mistral before two days of good wind and yesterday’s fickle conditions. The Race Committee did a really good job organising everything,” closes Zennström. The season doesn’t end here for Rán – a return to offshore racing is scheduled with an appearance at the Rolex Middle Sea Race next month.
|Sir Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling.
Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
The plot in the Maxi Racing division has had one constant theme: speed. Igor Simcic’s Southern Spars-rigged 100-ft Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) is bigger and faster than Sir Irvine Laidlaw’s Southern-rigged 82-ft Highland Fling, a Wally-hybrid. The question was: could Esimit Europa 2 win by enough of a distance to see off her opponent on handicap as well? Once the maths was done, corrected-time victory, today, was not by seconds but by four minutes. Laidlaw was ecstatic: “Esimit Europa 2 is a serious boat, very well crewed and run and for us to beat them is a great thrill after being nowhere near her last year. Overcoming Esimit is very difficult indeed, she is 20-ft longer and has a canting keel: through great crew work and sail choices we managed it.”
2011 MAXI YACHT ROLEX CUP RESULTS
** Carrying Southern Spars rigs’
MINI MAXI ROLEX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Rán (GBR) **
Shockwave (USA) **
Highland Fling (MON) **
Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) **
DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA)
Kora 5 (ITA) **
Magic Carpet 2 (GBR) **
Hetairos (CAY) **