Regate di Primavera a Portofino, Day 2Portofino, Italy, 7 May 2021
Day two of the Regate di Primavera Splendido Mare Cup today provided more challenging conditions for the crews of the 15 maxis competing in the Yacht Club Italiano’s revitalised season opening event in Portofino, Italy.
The yachts, mostly coming from builder Mylius, Wally, Swan and Southern Wind, were sent off on a large triangular course of approximately 14 miles in the Gulf of Tigullio, taking them a little under two hours.
Wind conditions and the sea state were less steady than they were on Thursday with the wind southeasterly and a sea of 2.5+m running. While for the start there was 10-12 knots of wind, this dropped halfway through the race and before filling in strongly towards the finish, with the yachts heading for the line under the cliffs of Portofino’s promontory. This last leg back to the finish saw the yachts passing close by the Portofino lighthouse, a thrilling and adrenaline-charged parade that proved the highlight of day two.
First across the line in real time was again the International Maxi Association’s newest member, Carlo Alberini's Pendragon VI, three minutes ahead of Rinaldo Del Bono's Capricorno with Luciano Gandini's Twin Soul B a few lengths behind.
The results under corrected time after two days of racing is topped by Rinaldo Del Bono's Reichel-Pugh 78 Capricorno, holding the perfect scoreline of two bullets in two races. Close behind in second is Luciano Gandini's fast Mylius 80, having posted a second and a third place. Moving up the overall results was Adriano Calvini's Felci 61 Itacentodue, after a sixth place yesterday managed an excellent second today, leaving her third overall.
Racing will continue tomorrow at 1100 local time with the forecast predicting calmer conditions with a light south-westerly and the waves dropping.
(Race report by YCI press office)
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