Swan 42s Place Well at Sail Racing PalmaVela and American Yacht Club Spring Series
Five Swan 42s competed this past weekend in ORC B at Sail Racing PalmaVela in Palma, Mallorca (ESP). For some owners this was their first regatta with their boats. In a 19-boat fleet Jose Maria Meseguer and PEZ DE ABRIL placed 2nd with a 5-1-4-1. Tying on points but finishing 3rd was Dominique Luna Tudela and MAGICAL with a 2-4-2-3. Placing 5th was Pedro Vaquer Comas and NADIR with Barry Sampson's LONG ECHO and Diana Corominas Guerin's BLUE finishing in the top ten.
Next up for the European fleet is the Giraglia Rolex Cup inshore series. This event will be held in Saint-Tropez (FRA) from June 11-17.
Across the pond the American Yacht Club Spring Series was held in Rye, NY over the past two consecutive weekends. After 9 races scored John Hele's DARING took 2nd Place in IRC with a 5-2-2-6-2-4-1-4-1. While Hele helmed the boat the first weekend, Brad Read was the Alternate Helmsman the second weekend with Dave Jarvis as Tactician.
Chris Culver's BLAZER was 4th after missing two races with a torn main. Roger Widmann's QUINTESSENCE was 10th plagued by technical issues and only able to complete four races over four days of racing.
The Americas next One Design competition is the 163rd NYYC Annual Regatta Presented by Rolex, June 9-11, in Newport, RI. For several NYYC entries the Annual Regatta will serve as one of the two qualifying regattas for the one NYYC entry to the 2017 Rolex NYYC Invitational Cup in Newport in September.