After six races sailed – 4 windward/leeward and 2 coastal races – in 4 days of competition, the second edition of this young regatta, which already has great international prestige, had crowned its winners.
In the Wally class, with 12 boats at the starting line, the victory went to Open Season, who finished 1, 1, 9, 1, 5 and 2 with a total of 14 points. On the other hand, the five Maxi 72 participants paid homage to a powerful Momo who finished 1, 4, 3, 1, 1 and 2 in each race and finished with a total of 8 points.
OPEN SEASON WINS THE WALLY CLASS
Thomas Bscher’s Open Season, with Jochen Shumann calling the tactics, reached a very well worked victory helped by bad start from Tango G in the final race for the Wally Class With a tie between Open Season and Magic Blue with 14 points each, the final victory went to Open Season to the detriment of Magic Blue. The third step of the podium went to Sir Lindsay Owen Jones’ Magic Carpet Cubed.
Pepe Ribes, crew boss onboard Open Season: “We sailed a great regatta and we can see every day we worked much better together and this shows in the results. The Menorca Maxi Regatta has been a great event, really tight and we’ve really enjoyed some real match-racing with boats such as Magic Carpet. Today, the bad start from Tango G worked in our favour, but the podium was really tight. I would like to congratulate Arianne Mainemare, PRO, and all their team for a fantastic regatta”.
THE CLASS MAXI 72 BOWS TO MOMO
Dieter Schon’s team, with Markus Wieser and Ross Halcrow onboard, despite having won the regatta already by the end of racing on Saturday, docked out the port of Mahón ready to win everything in the last day of racing.
The coastal race has been a tight battle between the final winner of the Menorca Maxi Regatta and Sir Peter Ogden’s Jethou with Brad Butterworth as tactician, who closed their scoreboard with a victory. The general scoreboard placed Momo on the first step of the podium with three points ahead of second placed Jethou and seven over Shockwave. Fourth place went to Alexander Schaerer’s Caol Ila R and fifth to Roberto Tomasini’s Robertissima III.
Markus Wieser, tactician onboard Momo, returned to shore obviously happy after the work well done: “This is the first time we came to Menorca and both the port as the island are super-cool. Also the people are really hospitable. The races have been impressive. In this Maxi 72 class all the boats are very similar and you can’t blink for a second; a small mistake can make you lose too many meters that are very difficult to win back after. The level of all the crews that are here has been really high. We would really like to be back next year”.
Courtesy of menorcamaxi.com.