IHYC member George David continues an impressive summer of international racing aboard Rambler 88. This week David competed in the 30th Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Italy. Which features 47 competitors across eight divisions. "We always look forward to the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup because you can have 20 knots down Bomb Alley and past Monaci with all the places we like to go to", says David.
Racing began on Monday, September 2nd, with a northwesterly that built to 20+ knots and a superb beat up the La Maddalena archipelago's Bomb Alley. Brad Butterworth, three-time winner of the America’s Cup and tactician on Rambler 88 described Tuesday as “A day of perfect Porto Cervo conditions." Rambler 88 and the rest of the Maxi Racer division sailed coastal courses around Spargi, where they made the most of the sizeable swell rolling in through the Strait of Bonifacio.
David and crew surfed down waves at 25+ knot speeds, ultimately winning the race of the day. "It was nice at the top of the islands with good acceleration," recounted navigator Jules Salter. "It came down to solid crew work: The sails go up when you need them up. Brad [Butterworth] did a good job of guiding us up Bomb Alley. It was a smooth day."
Day two saw north-west wind at approximately 8 to 10 knots with heavier patches of up to 13 knots. Highland Fling XI had a great start to the day and won Tuesday's race, leaving them on equal points with Rambler 88, who finished second.
Day three brought a northeasterly wind of 14 to 15 knots, which raised steep waves that the Maxis rode spectacularly in the early stages of the course. Highland Fling XI took another victory to bring their lead over Rambler 88 to two points. Rambler 88 finished second in Wednesday's race. Thursday was a scheduled lay day with racing resuming this morning. Rambler 88 won Friday's race to reclaim the lead in the Maxi Racer division by two points over Highland Fling XI.
The final day of racing brought a clear and sunny September sky, and a gentle mistral wind of 12 to 15 knots. Participants and spectators enjoyed another great day on the waters of the Costa Smeralda and the archipelago of La Maddalena. Highland Fling XI finished off with another impressive win in the Maxi Racer division leaving them on equal points with Rambler 88. The strong finish was enough for them to win the overall Maxi Racer division ahead of Rambler 88 thanks to a higher number of daily wins.
Overall it another strong showcase from Rambler 88 finishing first in two races and second in one race, and third in two races.