Genoa, Italy – Ultra-light winds challenged the navigators and tacticians throughout the 200-mile course of the classic Mediterranean Offshore Race resulting in a thrilling competition among the front line of maxi yachts. The course was shortened from the usual 241 miles because the opening turning mark of La Fourmigue was scrapped due to the light air forecast.
Magic Carpet 3, the most capped team in this race’s history, pipped the favored pure maxi racer to the post. This was set up 50 miles from the finish when she took a major hit, changing sides of the course to the east that enabled her to reach into the finish in better pressure than her direct maxi racer competitor. The Wallycento full cruiser beat her grand prix racer rival by 26 minutes, and substantially more under IRC corrected time, albeit taking 34 hours 7 minutes to complete the course.
Tango, Bullitt and Spirit of Malouen X crossed the line third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Cascade of awards for the competing Wallys: Magic Carpet 3 won the Line Honour and Réné Levainville Trophy as well as the Beppe Croce Trophy as first yacht to round the Giraglia rock; Tango won the combined inshore and offshore races in the maxi division, and Wallyño the best placed IMA Member in the Offshore Race.
Congratulations to all the passionate teams!
The next Wally racing appointment is the Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy in Cascais Portugal, July 9-10. After this event and summer cruising, the competition will resume with the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, September 4-10.
Photo ©Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi