"Natalia", owned by Natalia Brailoiu (ROU) has just won her second Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Her last win was in 2012, but this time she faced another 11 boats to compete with. She shares the award with the winners of the Swan 45 World Championship, the Swan Maxis, Swan 601, and the Grand Prix Division.
"It was a good day for us i that the Race Committee was able to run three races and the last race we won was made just forus," commented Brailoiu. "We were the most consistent with a well-trained crew," she added.
Edward Leask and Family's "Magical Mystery Tour" (GBR) was a repeat in 2nd place again. She was really on her game today taking two 1sts and a 3rd in the three races finishing with 23 points. "It was a good day of sailing for us and the boat was generally quick in all conditions plus the crew worked well together", commented Magnus Leask.
Five Swan 42s will head down to St. Tropez for Les Voiles de St. Tropez in two weeks. Ken Colburn's "Apparition" (USA), "Curodileone", Barry Sampson's "Long Echo" (GBR), Chares Kenahan's "Mahalo" (USA), and "Natalia" will compete for the second leg of the Swan 42 Class Trophy based on the best score in the Rolex Swan Cup and Les Voiles de St. Tropez.
Day 5 at the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo was a stunning day with breeze around 14 knots and three races were held. The Jury was busy with protests of various natures. In fact one hearing was postponed until this morning, but ultimately all protests were either thrown out or withrawn.
Natalia Brailoiu (ROU) continued her run for the Rolex Swan Cup taking a 2nd in Race 4, a 1st in Race 5 , and a 2nd in Race 6 with "Natalia". These results put her firmly in place for a repeat win as she had in 2012.
Phil Lotz from the NYYC (USA) had a stellar day with a 3rd, 2nd and 1st in Races 4, 5, and 6. "In Race 6 we went East of everyone and had a better angle coming in. We passed two boats in Race 6 which made the difference and we had good starts today," noted Lotz.
Barry Sampson and "Long Echo" (GBR) won Race 4. "John Greenland, tactician, took us the right way," credits Sampson. "We had a good start and a good lift at the weather mark," he added. "In Race 6 we were 4th at the top mark and when we went through the gates we went left which was not the right way," he sighed.
Both Ken Colburn (USA) and "Apparition" and Jerome Stubler of "Stark Raving Mad" (FRA) had best finishes of 4th place in Races 5 and 6 respectively. "We made a mistake on our watch and were off by 20 seconds so we were behind right from the beginning," said Stubler. "We went further to the right and were happy we had boat speed. Our personal goal is "Natalia", he added.