Capri is for Cannonball !!
After three days of fine breeze and good racing Rolex Capri Sailing Week concluded with a windward-leeward/coastal race for the Maxi and Mylius classes, competing here with the support of the International Maxi Association. The course comprised a weather mark off Capri, a leeward gate directly off the Sorrento Peninsula, before returning to a finish off Capri’s Marina Grande. Ultimately the wind went light and the Race Committee wisely shortened course at the gate.
Among the Maxi Racers all initially went to form with Dario Ferrari’s Pepe Cannonball leading round the top mark ahead of Alex Schaerer’s Caol Ila R. However while the Italians carried out a conventional bear away set, Caol Ila R gybe set taking them directly away from Capri’s wind shadow. Pepe Cannonball gybed at the same time, but the damage was done and her perfect scoreline received its only blemish of the week.
“We noticed they were going to gybe set, but I thought they would park up at the mark or we could match them. It was my mistake,” admitted Pepe Cannonball tactician Tommaso Chieffi. Pepe Cannonball finished second on corrected but was able to discard this, maintaining their perfect score.
“Capri and the racing have been fantastic,” said Ferrari. “We won four races out of five, so I am very happy. We really enjoyed this week – now we are looking forward to the Worlds in Sardinia.”
Pepe Cannonball has showed superior upwind pace this week, but Ferrari was reserved regarding whether his boat is the new Maxi 72 benchmark: “Momo was not here and we still have to beat her.”
Caol Ila R’s owner Alex Schaerer was delighted to have finally relieved Pepe Cannonball of a bullet: “It would have been too much for them to have won five in a row. But they drop today’s second and still only have wins!”
Of where they had won today, Schaerer said they had spotted more wind offshore at the top mark: “Maybe Cannonball only went 50m more, but it was enough: When it is so light it is crucial that you stay in the wind. Then we just flew over them. So we started with a win and finished with a win!” he concluded, referring also to Caol Ila R’s Regatta dei Tre Golfi victory a week ago.
His tactician Cameron Dunn felt they had performed well. “It was nice to get one off Cannonball. They have sailed bloody well all week, but she should be beating us - she is a newer boat with lots of mods. We feel like we are getting better all of the time.”
Sir Peter Ogden’s newly turboed Jethou was third with American Bryon Ehrhart fourth in his first regatta aboard Hap Fauth’s former Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship winner, Bella Mente, now rechristened Lucky.
Next for the 72s will be St Tropez for the Rolex Giraglia where we will see the Capri four joined by Momo and Sorcha in IRC-0.