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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Rolex Swan Cup: Swans attack breeze

Helen Bowley

    The 55 yachts enjoyed a consistent 20 knot breeze off the Sardinian 
    coast on the second day of racing
    Rolex Swan Cup 2012
    Rolex Swan Cup 2012
    Rolex Swan Cup 2012
    Day two of the Rolex Swan Cup got off to a flyer. The 55-strong 
    fleet of Nautor's Swan yachts were briskly on the water at 
    10:30 CEST, welcoming a consistent 20 knots of breeze.

    The Race Committee presented a course of approximately 24-nautical 
    miles for the Maxi and Classic divisions which sent the fleet towards 
    Monaci before a downwind leg to the Secca di Tre Monti, through 
    Capo Ferro and round Mortoriotto ahead of the return to the finish 
    off Porto Cervo.

    The Maxi class enjoyed a particularly busy day, tackling a windward/leeward 
    course prior to the coastal race. The Grand Prix class completed a 
    windward/leeward race, while two were held in the Rolex Swan 45 
    World Championship.

    The day's winners were:
    Berenice Bis (ITA) in Maxi with a first and a second place
    Magical Mystery Tour (GBR) in Grand Prix
    Ondine (ITA) in Classic
    TalJ (ITA) in the Rolex Swan 45 World Championship, 
    claiming a first and a second.

    The overall competition leaders are:

    Bronenosec (RUS) in Maxi
    Magical Mystery Tour
     (GBR) in Grand Prix
    Ondine (ITA) in Classic
    TalJ (ITA) in the Rolex Swan 45 World Championship
    The Swan 42 Magical Mystery Tour has made an impressive start 
    to the Grand Prix class, top performer today following yesterday's 
    runners-up finish in the coastal race. She shares the overall 
    lead with Natalia(ROU) who today notched a second place ahead 
    of Amanda Hartley's Swan 56 Clem.

    Marco Gerbaudo's Swan 53 Ondine continues to dominate the 
    Classic division, claiming a second straight victory to lead 
    the competition by four points ahead of the Sparkman & 
    Stephens 43 Magia II (ITA).

    Defending champion Earlybird (GER) has lost ground in the Rolex 
    Swan 45 World Championship dropping into third position as 
    Vittorio Ruggiero's TalJ took a first and second place. TalJ now 
    enjoys a significant five-point lead over Stefano Piccolo's Swanted (ITA).
    Earlybird lies in third spot.

    The Rolex Swan Cup continues tomorrow with the long island 
    race scheduled for all classes. For more,

    Source: Yachting World.

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