Porto Cervo, Italy - Aligning 13 yachts on the starting line, the Wally Class was the strongest fleet of the successful Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2015, impeccably organised in the stunning costa Smeralda waters by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, and sponsored in great style by Rolex. The perfect weather conditions with sun shining and medium-strong breeze throughout the week, contributed to the success if this 26th edition of the Holy Grail of the maxi racing circuit.
The Wallys showcased great performance and a high level of competition proving once again to be the most important and consistent division of super yacht racing, combining Owners’ helming with world’s top professional sailors. Seven races were completed offering a variety of courses, from the technical windward/leewards to the more “cruising” coastal ones.
The indisputable star of the Wally fleet was Open Season: keeping the seasonal momentum, she won five races out of seven, and the Trophy one day in advance thanks to an excellent crew work! The winning tactician, Olympic and America’s cup champion Jochen Schümann, smiled: “The boat has improved hugely in looks and in speed with the winter modifications. The team, the owner, everyone really appreciates what we have achieved. We have had some good successes this season, but winning here at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is the highlight. The boat is going fast and looking good.” The multiple Olympic champion admitted to being surprised at the margin of Open Season’s victory. “We were fortunate,” said Schümann. “It was an outstanding performance this week. I think our main opponent didn't have their best week, so that has made us look better than we are.” Victory for Owner Thomas Bscher is particularly sweet, having competed at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup for more than a decade. “Our owner is delighted,” said Schümann. “His first big win here.”
Behind Open Season, the tight battle for the second place was between defending champion Magic Carpet Cubed and the ever strong J One, one of the oldest in the fleet: the two yachts finished tied with 15 points, but Magic Carpet Cubed overcame J One because she had better results in the week. J One though won the Group 80 division.
Very close competition until the last day also in the central part of the classification: Y3K placed fourth, while Sensei fifth, Galma sixth and Lyra seventh with only two points between each other. The rest of the fleet had a fierce fight as well, with the following outcome: Ryokan 2 eighth winning the Group 2 division, Tango G ninth, the oldest of the fleet Genie of the Lamp tenth, Nahita eleventh, Kenora twelfth, and Tilakkhana thirteenth.
Congratulations to the winning team and to all the participants for such a memorable event.
The Wally Class largest fleet ever meet up in two weeks at the beautiful Les Voiles de Saint Tropez (September 28-October 4), where 15 yachts are expected: follow the live racing in this web site!
General Results Wally Division:
1. Open Season 7 p.
2. Magic Carpet Cubed 15 p.
3. J One (80) 15 p. (winner Group 80)
4. Y3K 27 p.
5. Sensei 30 p.
6. Galma 34 p.
7. Lyra (80) 36 p.
8. Ryokan 2 82) 40,5 p.
9. Tango G (80) 51 p.
10. Genie of the Lamp (2) 54 p.
11. Nahita (80) 60 p.
12. Kenora (2) 66 p.
13. Tilakkhana (2) 67,5 p.