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News: Sailing yacht My Song leads Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta

June 11, 2009 by john
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Yacht racing news from yesterday, Wednesday 10th June 2009, at the Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.

Day one of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta saw blue skies and 15 to 18 knots of Sardinia’s legendary Mistral wind. 19 participating superyachts sailed a 30 mile race through the La Maddalena archipelago. Tomorrows forecast for Thursday 11th June should also see another beautiful day’s sailing – with approximately 18 knots of westerly winds predicted at the first starting signal which is scheduled for 12 oclock midday.

Mr. Pierluigi Loro Piana’s sailing yacht My Song took victory on handicap in the first race. The 37 meter Dubois sailing yacht Moonbird is sitting on second place so far in the overall classification and third is Charles Dunstone’s sailing yacht Hamilton II.

Three of the five Wally yachts recorded the fastest time around the course.

Yachts that didn’t perform so well were also happy with the day’s sailing: “It was the perfect course for today’s conditions” said Andrew “Dog” Palfrey, Olympic Star sailor for Australia (2008) and tactician aboard Kokomo, currently sitting in 10th place. “Calling tactics on this 52 meter yacht is not much different than on the Farr 40 or even in the Star class. I am really enjoying working with such a large crew though.”

The yacht race started at 12.05 and the rest of the fleet followed at two minute intervals. The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta uses pursuit style racing in which each yacht has a separate starting signal based on their IRC handicap.

Albert Buell’s sailing yacht Saudade finished the race in 2 hours and 28 minutes. She was followed by Claus-Peter Offen’s wally superyacht called Y3K, another 30 seconds back from Saudade.

Sailing yacht Magic Carpet 2, owned by Lindsay Owen-Jones, came third in elapsed time.

Wally CEO Luca Bassani who was on board Indio today on he said: “It was the perfect sailing day. We had around 18 knots of wind and this is the perfect place to have regattas, even if I would have preferred a little more wind myself.”

Albert Buell, the owner of superyacht Saudade said “This race today was exciting and very close. Unlike other places you can sail much closer together among the islands as there is much less swell. It’s very good as well that the normal ISAF rules are in force, we don’t need special ones. In total it was a good race. In the end we were lucky that the strap between the halyard and headsail broke before the start of the race and so it only cost us 3 minutes and 10 seconds.”

Tune in tomorrow for more updates.

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