07 September 2019
The 30th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup wraps up in Porto Cervo
The 30th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which saw more than 50 boats present in Porto Cervo, ended today with another day of Champagne sailing.
A clear and sunny September sky and a gentle Mistral wind of between 12 and 15 knots gave participants and spectators the perfect ending to five days of racing on the waters of the Costa Smeralda and the archipelago of La Maddalena.
The J Class Velsheda won the Super Maxi category ahead of Topaz, the later having missed the final two days of racing following a mechanical problem earlier in the regatta.Velsheda's owner Ronald de Waal summed up a fantastic week: "It was a great week. Porto Cervo is my favourite place to race. With the scenery, there is always wind and going around all these rocks and all the beautiful views are very nice. Yesterday was the limit for us - 30 knots under spinnaker! That is scary. You don't want to make a mistake because that will be the end of the spinnaker and also accident-wise you have to be very careful. There was a lot of water on deck.
"After Topaz dropped out it was a real pity and we used the time to practice. We hope to see them again in St Tropez. I hope they can get the boat fixed."
The next event on the calendar for the J Class is Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez at the end of September, where Topaz and Velsheda will be hoping to continue to intense match race seen earlier this week.