Saint Tropez, France – Defending champion Open Season passed the trophy to Galateia, the Wally Class overall champion of the 2017 racing series. A much deserved title for the Wallycento that showed an impressive improvement since last year in both boat speed and crew work.
In a crescendo, after the 7th place at the inaugural regatta Sail Racing Palmavela, Galateia arrived second in the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta and got the top spot of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, then finished the season with a 4th place at the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez.
The 2017 calendar included four events (Sail Racing Palmavela, Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Les Voiles de Saint Tropez), with a great participation ranging from 12 entries in Sail Racing Palmavela to 10 in Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, 11 in Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and 14 in Les Voiles de Saint Tropez. One new competitor joined in: the wallycento Tango, launched at the beginning of August and debuted in the last regatta of the season.
The very high competition is reflected in the results. Each event had a different winner: Nahita won the first regatta of the season, Magic Carpet 3 the second, Galateia the third and Lyra the fourth.
Going into details, two 80 footers and two Wallycentos are the top yachts of the 2017 racing series, and three of the winners are at their first success (Galateia, Lyra, Nahita).
Additionally, in three regattas the winner is in the top spot by maximum two points of advantage over the second classified. And in the final seasonal standings Galateia totaled 160 points, while Lyra and Magic Carpet 3 are tied in the second place with both 157, separated from the winner by only 3 points!
The Wally Class Trophy is assigned using the high point scoring system, that most accurately reflects those who raced the best. Each boat receives point(s) equal to the number of boats she beats, plus one point. The end season score is the sum of all the points of the individual races. At the end of the season, the Wally with the highest number of points wins the Wally Class Trophy. Each event has the same coefficient. Points are calculated in consideration of each event discard as stated in the notice of race and is the sum of every valid race. A seasonal trophy is also awarded to the winner of group 80, that in 2017 is Lyra.
The overall Wally Class Trophy is a triennial challenge established in 2016: the owner who wins three times, keeps the trophy for ever. To celebrate the exhilarating competition and performance of the Wally Class, North Sails, long-time friend and technological partner of Wally, developed the unique custom trophy, designed and carbon fibre built by Steve Marten in New Zealand.
A unique piece to award the best of the best.