Both the Multihull and Superyacht divisions had a reaching start, with the latter completing a staggered starting procedure. The 107' Ribelle, owned by Wim de Pundert, with tactician Alberto Barovier and navigator Andrea Visentini, showed great determination right from the off, hoisting the gennaker with perfect timing on the line and proceeding to sail with great skill for the entire race. Also performing well today was the 33-metre Inoui, owned and helmed by Switzerland's Marco Vogele, a frequent participant in the superyacht regattas held in Porto Cervo, who placed second, just 40 seconds ahead of Bullitt in third.
Magic Carpet Cubed remains at the top of the overall leaderboard, with the Wally 93 Bullitt chasing just one point behind. Third place in the general classification is also held by a Wally, in the form of Magic Blue.
Alberto Barovier, tactician on Ribelle: “We are particularly pleased with today's victory because we are still developing as a team. The new owner and his wife are sporty people, they both love to steer their boat and today's result is the first step on a competitive path that promises to be interesting. The atmosphere on board is fantastic and this helps us to achieve good results. The key to today's result was when we gybed in front of La Maddalena towards Palau, finding more pressure to get out of that area. We changed a lot of sails - gennaker, Code 0 and genoa - to hold our position up to Barettinelli di Fuori, which we rounded ahead of everyone. The drop in the breeze towards the end didn't help us because ours is a heavy boat, but the result rewarded our efforts.”
In the multihull category, Allegra added another victory to her sequence of first places.
The fleet participating in the Southern Wind Rendezvous and Trophy went on a long outing today, heading north from Porto Cervo to the Lavezzi cardinal mark off the Bocche di Bonifacio strait, before returning past the islands of Budelli and Razzoli. After the usual lunch at anchor, the more competitive boats returned to Porto Cervo via a friendly sail in company, but with that pinch of competition that makes navigating all the more fun.
For tomorrow’s final day of racing in the Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta, the first starting signal is scheduled to sound at 12.30 p.m., with light winds forecast.