"Natalia" Wins Race 7 While Nautor's Swan Celebrates Her 50th Anniversary
NATALIA continues her lead in E Class with another bullet in Race 7. BEWILD is showing great consistency as well with a 2nd place finish, while Alberto Franchi’s (ITA) ORBIT FARR MARMO was 3rd. PEZ DE ABRIL placed 4th in Race 7.
Barry Sampson (UK) and LONG ECHO placed 5th. "I was a bit disappointed in myself today, but certainly not with the crew. We were last around the windward mark, but ended up 5th in a very competitive field of boats, some of which are very well practiced." He added, "I am very excited about representing Itchenor Sailing Club (GBR) again next year at the NYYC Rolex Invitational Cup. Itchenor may be one of the lesser known clubs in the UK, but Ian Walker who won the Volvo Ocean Race is a member."
The evening was the spectacular Owners’ Dinner hosted by Rolex on the rooftop terrace of Yacht Club Costa Smeralda surrounding the pool. A Michelin-inspired menu created by a visiting chef had been created in celebration of Nautor’s Swan’s 50th Anniversary. TARANTELLA, the very first Swan built 50 years ago at the factory is participating in the Rolex Swan Cup to commemorate this special occasion.
Highlights of the evening were the performance of Mezzosoprano Cecilia Bartoli and a pianist as well as a special presentation from Rolex to Leonardo Ferragamo. Bartoli has performed at both the Metropolitan Opera (NYC) where she made her debut and a long-awaited performance at the Royal Opera House in London. Moonlight danced across the masts at the Club marina along with the lights of Old Porto Cervo making for the perfect setting.
Day 5 dawned with a building wind forecasted. While there was a postponement ashore, the coastal race for today was eventually cancelled.