Porto Cervo – After a week of great racing conditions and intense competition, Lyra claimed first place in the Wally Class of the 30th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Lyra was hotly pursued by Galateia (which won two of the seven races this week) and Magic Carpet Cubed (which won on the first day), and the podium was indeed decide only in the last day.
Each September, the week-long Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup draws a sizeable fleet of yachts to the prestigious Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in Porto Cervo.
This year’s Wally Class aligned five yachts in the starting line: two Wallycentos (Galateia and Magic Carpet Cubed), Y3K, J One and Lyra.
During the week, the Wally Class competed in three coastal races and four windward-leeward courses, with mistral winds blowing from the mid-teens up to 25 knots in some days to provide excellent conditions for thrilling competition.
The two Wallycentos were always in close contact hardly fighting for line honours. Y3K finished fourth behind Magic Carpet, and J One fifth.
Luca Bassani, Wally Class president and Wally founder, commented: "The week had fantastic conditions confirming why the Wally Class loves to come here to race. Magnificent courses between the islands, driven by beautiful winds that allow the Wallys to unleash all their potential and reach top speeds in excess of 20 knots."
The next Wally Class regatta will be the fascinating Les Voiles de Saint Tropez, that ends the Mediterranean racing season and is supported by Wally since the beginning of the event.
Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi