The historical championship was held at waters of Porto Cervo, Italy. The beautiful waters were perfect for the race. As the ability for most speed was at 17-18 knots this was a great start to an amazing race. The wind was in cooperation with the race as well. It gave the crews a chance to show the world what they have to offer in the race.
This 2017 Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship first race is won by Bella Mente of Internation Maxi Associtation Vice President Hap Fouth. The second race was won by George Sakellaris Proteus.
Maddalena archipelago was the pathway for the other classes that partaked in the race sailing anticlockwise.
The winner in the Wally class was Galateia of David M. Leuschen. Winner in the Super Maxi was 33m WinWin. Although every racer has their luck and draw backs not ever racer can be a winner. With much luck of the boat and the crew and of course the weather takes a big play in every race.
Second place of the Super Maxi 32.6m Ribelle, and this was only their third event to participate in.
“Conditions are better for us when there is less wind,” said Ball. “Our tatcis worked better and the team was more focused. The boat has been performin very well and we are surprised about that, because we are up against racers like Rambler 88.” http://www.sailing.org/news/43015.php#.Wd0XcdEt3ct
Maxi Racer Crusier 1 had a past winner Carlo Puri Negri with his Farr 70 Atalanta II.
“There was a little less wind and at the end it was upwind. All the other races were reaching or you just went straight. Today there were more tactics,” he said of their win.”
The overall contested class winner Roberto Lacorte with Vismara 62 SuperNikka. Overall Mini Maxi Racer Crusier 2 went to Riccardo De Michele with Vallicelli 80 H2O. “We sailed a very good race and maybe we were a little bit lucky, because when the wind shifted we were in the right place at the right moment,” he said.
2017 Maxi 72 Overall award-winning trophy was given to Dieter Schon’s Momo. This year’s race was a close but exciting race for the competitors. Given that the weather and waters upheld the conditions for a race of all times. Congratulations to the entire winners of this year’s 2017 Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship.