Day 1 at the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo Yields 3 Winners

Today was the start of the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia (ITA).  Ten teams have come from France, Italy, Romania, Spain, and the US to compete in the Swan 42 One Design Class at the 50th anniversary of Nautor’s Swan.  Six of the teams have never sailed in this particular class in One Design.

True to form, racing was close and competitive.  Three races were executed in a 10-14 knot breeze.  While other classes had coastal races, the Swan 42s had windward/leeward races.

The first race was won by charter helmsman, Iacopo Lacerra (ITA) and BE WILD - fresh off a win at the Italian Offshore Championships.  They went on to have two 5th place finishes in Races 2 and 3.

Lacerra said, “This is amazing.  We have good wind conditions and the boats are so close.  We had a really good first race where we were in first position around every mark.  We don’t know about the other 42s, but we will need to make some adjustments for more wind.  The stronger wind made it easier for NATALIA to get out of the middle of the pack and that is experience.”  He added, “I sailed on the boat last year and this year, but this year I was the helmsman in the offshore race.”

Race 2 was won by Natalie Brailoiu (ROU) and NATALIA.  She has previously won the Rolex Swan Cup in 2012 and 2014 and will be a serious contender again posting a 2nd and 3rd in Races 1 and 3.

Jose Maria Meseguer (ESP) who finished Copa del Rey in 2nd place won Race 3 with PEZ DE ABRIL.  They finished 3rd and 4th in Races 1 and 2.

“This is my first time in One Design in a 42 and it is amazing,” said Meseguer.  “We were very close to each other, specially with the crossings when we had to make decisions quickly.”  “It really is lovely with very nice sailing and I am delighted with good results.  Our goal is top five”, he added. 

Racing continues through Sunday with very strong winds forecasted for the weekend. 


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