Tre Golfi offshore race: Pendragon VI wins line honoursCapri, 16 May 2021
A memorable Tre Golfi offshore race is currently underway, with weather conditions providing fast and demanding racing. Weather forecast prior to yesterday's start proved to be correct, with competitors facing a long upwind leg against rough seas in order to round the natural mark of the island of Ponza.
From the start at 7 p.m., the fastest boats set off upwind towards Ponza island, before heading south for a run towards Punta Campanella, on the tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula, and rounding the Li Galli rocks. The brisk winds stayed constant throughout, and just after 1.24 p.m. CEST - after 17 hours, 54 minutes and 19 seconds of racing – the first boat to cross the finish line was the maxi yacht Pendragon VI, owned by IMA member Carlo Alberini.
This beautiful hull designed by talented New Zealander Laurie Davidson, born to excel in long ocean races, was competing for the first time in the Regata dei Tre Golfi. “It was a fantastic race and a challenging one - confirmed Carlo Alberini at the finish - it was the first time in this race for both myself and the boat and we suffered a bit on the long upwind leg, especially with a boat like ours, designed more for running downwind, but the spectacle of rounding the islands of the gulf made it all worthwhile, and taking Line Honours is a huge reward".
At the time of writing, around 30 of the more than 100 competing yachts have arrived in the port of Capri, it is therefore too soon to draw up a definitive ranking as the smaller hulls continue to arrive and corrected times are calculated.
Tomorrow will be dedicated to the remaining finishes and preparations for the boats competing in the ORC European Championship which will run from 18 to 20 May, with three days of mark racing on the waters off Capri.
The racing can be followed live from the event' website: www.rolexcaprisailingweek.com. Full results and race documents are on the same website.
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