NATALIA Wins all Three Races Today at the Rolex Swan Cup

A stiff breeze was the order of the day for Day 2 of the Rolex Swan Cup and three races were completed.  The races were tough with chop and required a great deal of concentration from all the crews. 

NATALIA won all three races giving good indication Natalia Brailiou (ROU) could be a 3-peat of the last two Rolex Swan Cups.  In spite of having to do a 360 at the first windward mark in the third race, she still won the race.

“I am very happy to be back at the Rolex Swan Cup as I have not sailed the boat for two years since the last Rolex Swan Cup.  She added, “It is always the entire team working together that makes it successful.  Good upwinds and keeping the boat speed constant are important.”

Iacopo Lacerra (ITA) and BE WILD had another great day with 2-2-3 finishes.  Jerome Stubler (FRA) and RAVING SWAN finished Race 6 in 2nd place.  Another top finisher was Massimo de Campo (ITA) and SELENE-ALIFAX with 3rd and 4th place finishes in Races 5 and 6 respectively.

Bernarda Franchi (ITA), sister of Alberto Franchi, sails with her brother on ORBIT FARR MARMO.  As with BE WILD, this is the first time either has sailed the Swan 42 in Class One Design.

“We bought the boat last year and this is our first very important race in One Design.  It is a beautiful experience and we hope to be back in two years,” said Franchi.

Jose Maria Meseguer’s (ESP) PEZ DE ABRIL who had been doing so well yesterday was forced to retire from Race 1 and the remainder of the races for the day.

This evening was the One Design Dinner sponsored by Nautor’s Swan at a lovely hilltop restaurant in Porto Cerrvo.  It was a great opportunity for new owners to meet other Class members and share their enthusiasm for the great racing venue.

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