The 23rd Rolex Super Sailing Cup Creates A Sailing Event
The fun, challenging and attractive Rolex Super Sailing Cup is also a great window to showcase the evolution of technology and design. This year, the 23rd edition is held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, which once again proves that this event is at the forefront of the yachting world. The fun, challenging and attractive Rolex Super Sailing Cup is also a great window to showcase technology and design evolution. This year, the 23rd edition is held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, which once again proves that this event is at the forefront of the yachting world. The 2012 competition was exciting and challenging, with intense competition and ever-changing wind conditions making the game awesome.
The first role of the Rolex Super Sailing Cup was held in 1980, and it has become a pearl in the Rolex International Yachting Series since 1985. The race was sponsored by the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club (YCCS) and the International Super Sailing Association (IMA). ) Co-hosted and attracted 34 Maxi-class yachts from all over the world-over 18.29 meters (60 feet) long-to participate in a week-long high-quality race.
For boat owners and crew, the Rolex Super Sailing Cup is an event not to be missed in the international sailing calendar. American Hap Fauth definitely thinks this is the perfect stage for his new 21.94-meter Mini Maxi Bella Mente. He said: ‘The competition is awesome. This is probably the best place for sailing in the Mediterranean. We like to come here. The people here are warm and hospitable. The International Super Sailing Association will organize the competition very well. The competition is very fierce. Who doesn’t want to come? ‘Brian Benjamin, owner of the 25.08-meter Maxi Racer / Cruiser Aegir (UK), commented,’ I have been here more than a dozen times. This race is the first thing on our calendar of entries every year. God invented the sailboat and at the same time We haven’t forgotten to arrange such an area for us to play sailing. There is always wind here. The archipelago circuit and Costa Smeralda Yacht Club are great. ‘
For sailors, the diversity of the track is very attractive, and the overhanging reefs and changing winds often bring unexpected tactical challenges to the crew. The classic 39.5-meter J-class Velsheda (UK) navigator Mike Broughton said: ‘The theme of the Rolex Super Sailing Cup is beautiful boats, beautiful scenery, blue waters, challenging weather conditions, which are always outstanding. different.’
This is also the view of Mike Sanderson, who was the 2006 ISAF Rolex World Voyager Award winner and owner and crew member of Bella Mente. He pointed out: ‘For me, the charm of the race is to watch the hardware, all kinds of amazing sailing boats. The race is great, and I am impressed by the power and sails of the participating boats.’
The Rolex Super Sailing Cup is a showcase of the latest trends in Maxi yacht design. Born in 1980, the Rolex Super Sailing Cup was born to be the showhouse of Maxi-class yachts (which became popular in the 1970s). Maxi-class yachts can compete directly here. The environment here is full of challenges and is very suitable for racing. Since its inception, this race has been an impressive proving ground for ambitious and groundbreaking Maxi yacht designs.
Three of the 34 sailing ships this year represent some of the most important changes in Maxi Yachts. Bella Mente and Alessandro Rombelli’s Stig (Italy) reinvented the Mini Maxi class, making the third Rolex Mini Super Sailing World Championship even more intense. Two new 72-foot ships have challenged Rán 2 (UK), which has ruled this level in recent years, and Niklas Zennström’s ship has been invincible and won two Rolex Mini Super Sailing World Championships.
This class is colorful and has the most new ships, reflecting a large number of keen boat owners who like to race on similarly sized boats. This trend is popular with Mini Maxi owners. Zennström welcomes new competitors: ‘Four very similar 72-foot boats make the game more eye-catching. Everyone must do a better job in navigation. Navigation tactics play a very important role. This is what we love to do. Yes, this is the World Championship. The game should have been difficult to win, which is exactly what we want. ‘
At the same time, the new Wally Cento will serve as a design template for the new ship, and the first generation of Wally Cento’s Charles Dunstone’s Hamilton (UK) represents a major change in design direction. Rolf Vrolijk, a leading yacht designer, Judel / Vrolijk, said: ‘Our philosophy is to build regattas of a specific size that can be used for cruising and racing, and can make the most of this compromise. potential.’
Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones took part in his 28.53-meter Wally-Class Magic Carpet 2 (UK). San Diego’s yacht designer Reichel / Pugh is currently working on the development of the second Wally Cento Magic Carpet 3. The new ship will be Launched in 2013. ‘This is an exciting project. The boat is not a full regatta and must have a certain level of comfort,’ explained Pugh, president and co-founder of the well-known studio. Power and perseverance
The week-long race was played for a total of four days. The other two days were abandoned due to weather. The second day was due to thunderstorms and heavy rain, and the last day was due to no wind at all. The race is an ongoing challenge for the crew. The water conditions at Porto Cervo are complex and require courage, skilled skills, harmonious teamwork, concentration, and sometimes extreme patience.
On the first day of the race, the 21.80-meter Mini Maxi-class Shockwave (United States) and Lord Irvine Laidlaw’s 25.25-meter Maxi-class boat Highland Fling (Monaco) both crashed into unmarked reefs on the map. They repaired the ship overnight before returning to the race. Offshore racing in the waters of the Maddalena Islands is not as smooth as laymen see it.
The ever-changing weather here is a favorite racing factor for some crew members. Tom Whidden, tactical adviser to Magic Carpet 2, explained that being able to adapt to changing weather and track conditions is the key to winning: ‘It’s very important to sail around the archipelago to know what will happen next, as ships can only sail on specific sails, Sailing at a certain (wind) range and a certain angle, if you choose the wrong sail, it will be very difficult to replace the sail because of the large sail. ‘
For all crew members, communication is the key to making decisions and performing critical tactical manipulations. In the past, communication required crew members to run from one end of the ship to the other and pass instructions. This kind of method is very inefficient when the competition is fierce, sometimes causing the whole boat to fall into chaos. Broughton added: ‘On Velsheda, it takes a lot of people to coordinate the spinnaker. The size of the sails and rigging is very large. Communication is the biggest challenge for us, but using (wireless) headphones is much better.’
Having only the most technologically advanced boats with the highest craftsmanship is not enough to ensure that the team wins in conditions such as the Rolex Super Sailing Cup. Teamwork is also a key element of winning. Rán 2’s navigator Steve Hayles believes that the crew’s solidarity is the key to their outstanding performance this week, and they finished second in the Rolex Mini Super Sailing World Championships. ‘Our team has been sailing together for 5 years. We are close and support each other,’ he said.
During the ups and downs of the week, the winners were the teams that were best able to adapt to the changing environment.
The Rolex Mini Super Sailing World Championship has 12 boats participating. Rán 2 from Zennström and Bella Mente from Hap Fauth started an exciting contest. Bella Mente led Rán 2 all week, but Rán 2 successfully fought back on the second-to-last day. Very unfortunate, the expected ‘one-on-one contest’ did not take place on the last day due to weather. Both ships have won three games, Bella Mente is second in total points, and Rán is fourth. Bella Mente has ended Zennstrom’s dominance of the game since 2010.
Fauth attributes the victory to the close solidarity of his crew during this upside-down week. He explained: ‘This week was awesome, we sailed very well and were very happy with the results. It was my pleasure to play with these guys. The game was wonderful and it was the most competitive of the competitions I have participated in. We are together every day. We have 30 people in the entire team, so you can be familiar with them. We win together, we fail together, and I hope we can handle everything. ‘
The Isi Simcic 30.48 m (100 ft) Esimit Europa 2 has been the fastest boat of the week in the highly differentiated Maxi Racing, four distinctive boats. Based on the revised time, this ship has the same performance as two other Highland Fling and Velsheda of the same class. All three boats finished with 8 points, yesterday’s performance gave Simcic’s crew from all over Europe to win the championship. Simcic, who also won the championship in 2010, said: ‘We have been winning since the beginning of the season. This race is not what our ships are best at, especially when facing strong winds. The whole team works very hard and every second counts.’
After considering the speed and comfort of the Maxi Racing / Cruising class, following the previous ship’s victory in 2010, Benjamin’s Aegir won the championship again, and this time they won all 4 races with absolute advantage. Benjamin said: ‘This year’s game is as intense as last year. We started cruising two weeks ago and will resume cruise mode next week after the game, so we can ensure we are in good condition for the game.’
At the Wally level, Magic Carpet 2 may be the last time this event is due, as Owen-Jones is about to upgrade the ship to the new Wally Cento Magic Carpet 3. Magic Carpet 2 who won first place 3 times in 5 matches was challenged by Thomas Bscher’s 28.60 meters Open Season (UK). This is the third time Owen-Jones has won in Porto Cervo, the first two times being 2006 and 2008.
Owen-Jones said: ‘The excitement and uncertainty of this game can last until the last minute. The gap between the ships is always between a few seconds because we have made a fair handicap. Big mistakes can be made at any moment. ‘Like Fauth, Owen-Jones attributes success to the long-term sincere cooperation of the fleet:’ I work hard to find the best people, and I don’t fear that the people around me are better than myself! ‘
Filip Balcaen’s 34.13 meter Nilaya makes the Supermaxi class, the largest of the ship’s weight class, unquestionable. Nilaya is the smallest in Supermaxi, compared with 66 meters of Hetairos (Cyprus) like a giant. Hetairos is the largest ship in the Rolex Super Sailing Cup history. However, the block cannot determine the outcome. The only Nilaya equipped with racing sails takes full advantage of his ability to operate the equipment faster and defeat the opponents. The cooperation with the 10-year-old fleet is also the key to victory.
The wonderful week ended with an awards ceremony at Piazza Azzurra, directly in front of Costa Smeralda Yacht Club. The winning team was awarded a Rolex watch-the ultimate tribute to their hard work in a high-level race. This Rolex-backed game is getting more noticeable.