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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2009 Draws To A Close

by Amanda Banks,, London

17 September 2009

After five racing days with stable conditions featuring north to northeasterly winds, sunshine, blue skies and choppy seas, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2009 has drawn to a close.

Organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in conjunction with the International Maxi Association, the event – which is now in its 20th edition – saw 42 maxis competing and between five to seven races held for each of the various divisions over the course of the series.

Niklas Zennstrom’s Judel Vrolijk designed 72-foot Bermudian sloop "Ran" (GBR), launched this year and already winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race 2009, took victory in the Mini Maxi Racing 00 group. Four of the mini maxi racing yachts qualified as owner-driven, among these Neville Crichton’s "Alfa Romeo" (NZL) took victory and a Rolex Yachtmaster timepiece. “The boat is really fast and has fully lived up to our expectations. It is agile and speedy as a mini maxi racing boat must be. I am going to savor this victory for a while and then I will be concentrating on the Rolex Sydney Hobart,” Crichton commented following the race.

In the Mini Maxi Racing Cruising division, Michael Cotter’s Reichel/Pugh designed 78-foot sloop "Whisper" (IRL) took first place in all but one of the five races to win her division by a 10-point margin. Claus Peter Offen’s "Y3K" (GER) dominated the Wally division with three bullets in six races, while in the Racing/Cruising division "Roma – Aniene" (ITA) led from day one and brought home an impressive four bullets over five races. It was in the Cruising/Spirit of Tradition division, however, that the J Class "Velsheda" (GBR) displayed the most impressive score sheet with a home run of five victories out of five races.

The YCCS racing season continues next week with the Audi Melges 20 Series and the Audi Melges 30 World Championship starting on September 18 and 21, respectively.

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