The 30,5nm coastal Race scheduled for the second day of the Menorca Maxi Regatta was marked by a very light Easterly wind of 6-8 knots of breeze.
The stunning coast of Menorca and its turquoise waters has been the perfect scenario for a Coastal Race which started in Mahón. From there the fleet headed to an offset mark, then the Isla del Aire, Cala En Porter and return to Mahón.
Isla del Aire (the Island of the Wind) has been for centuries the biggest shelter when the Tramontana wind (Northerly wind) blows in Menorca. This island located in the South East of Menorca is also well known by its emblematic lighthouse.
The Wally 80 J One and George Sakellaris’ Maxi 72 Shockwave won the coastal race in their classes, followed by TangoG and Sir Peter Ogden’s Jethou G respectively.
The overall scoreboard in the Wally class shows a tie between Open Season, with Jochen Shumann calling the tactics, and Magic Blue, with Luca Bassani, with 11 points each. Meanwhile Lyra, with John Cutler, is still showing a strong potential in their debut with just one point behind the leaders.
The Maxi 72 class is proving the great level and equality between the 5 teams competing. There are three boats (Shockwave, Jethou and Momo) tied with 8 points each in an overall leader board which is red hot, and where the daily rankings keep changing.
The Wallys keep showing the great concept of the class: they are the latest evolution in high-tech racing performance married to comfortable interiors, without missing any of the best characteristics of a top-racer.
The amazing performance given by the 12 Wally boats during today’s coastal race together with the stunning landscape, declared biosphere reserve by the UNESCO, has been one of the highlights of the day.
The smaller boats in the Wally class were the winners of the day. The coastal race saw the 80 footer boats reaching the first and second positions in the podium (J-One, Tango G), followed by the 100 ft. Y3K with Thierry Peponnet as tactician.
MAXI 72. A COMPACT FLEET WITH A TRIPLE TIE
Today’s race couldn’t have been any tighter. The 5 Maxi 72 boats have been fighting feverishly during the 33 mile race course. On corrected time the victory went to George Sakellaris’ Shockwave, followed by Alexander Schaerer’ Caol Ila R and Dieter Schon’s Momo – who took line honours. Less than two minutes separated the entire Maxi 72 fleet after nearly four hours of racing
QUOTES OF THE DAY
Pietro Mantovani, bowman onboard Tango G: “Today it has been a good day for us with very good feelings. We had a good start which pushed us forward and an excellent downwind run. Although the problems we had with the spinnaker retriever helped J One to overtake us. We made a great job with a stable wind from the beginning until the end”.