Dieter Schön and Team Momo the 2018 ROLEX Maxi 72 World Champions !!
German Dieter Schön's Momo retained her Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship title with Dario Ferrari’s Cannonball from Italy claiming second and George Sakellaris’ Proteus (USA) third.
“We are very pleased - the whole team is happy. Overall we’ve had a very good season,” said Dieter Schön. “Winning the last race was not necessary. If you want to win overall sometimes it is good to stay a little conservative. The boat is performing well, but the boat is also sailed very well. If both come together, you get good results.”
Momo's Michele Ivaldi added: “It was not as easy as it looked. Cannonball is a very strong opponent and has been optimised quite a bit and they have good sailors. But we had good starts and good calls from the crew on the sails. It was a very good week for the team.”
Proteus finished strongly today with a second on the lap of Bomb Alley. Afterguard Tommaso Chieffi described their day: “There was a lot of action in the pre-start as we tried to go for the pin, but we didn’t make it because we had two boats in between. We did force Cannonball eventually to tack and they got a penalty for a port-starboard with Momo right after the start. At the top mark we were fifth with Cannonball behind, but we got a clear lane and got into second and were slowly getting into Momo. On the way back, before the inflatable mark, we were almost on their transom, but they stretched away on the last run.”
Bryon Ehrhart, sailing his first Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup with his new Maxi 72 Lucky (formerly Bella Mente), admitted he and his team are still learning the boat having graduated up from their Reichel Pugh 63 and TP52. “For our first year with this boat we have learned a lot. We will try to move it up again next year. It’s been good sailing all season long. It is hard not to enjoy racing here.”