"Natalia" Wins the Rolex Swan Cup for the Third Consecutive Time

Race Day 4 at the Rolex Swan Cup was off to an earlier than usual start with the threat of incrasing winds later in the day.   A coastal race of 18 nautical miles was scheduled - a cherished race given the stunning landscape and many islands off Sardinia.  Given the scores posted the night before Natalia Brailoiu (ROU) and NATALIA did not even need to race.  What they did do is demonstrate exactly why they deserved to win the Rolex Swan Cup for the third consecutive time.

Charter Helmsman Iacopo Lacerra (ITA) and BEWILD led for the first half of the race with NATALIA chipping away at BEWILD's lead until it was gone.  NATALIA finished the race in 1st and Massimo de Campo (ITA) and SELENE-ALIFAX were 2nd.  BEWILD took 3rd and Jose Maria Meseguer (ESP) and PEZ DE ABRIL were 4th.

NATALIA was the runawaywinner of the regatta with a 2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 for 8 points.  BEWILD was 2nd with 18 points, and PEZ DE ABRIL was 3rd with 20.1.  The results across the fleet were outstanding as the Rolex Swan Cup was the first time that six of the ten competitors had ever raced in Class One Design.

The final prize-giving was held brielfy on Piazza Azzurra.  Just as the Swan 42 Class European Chanpionship award was about to be presented a deluge of rain drove the ceremonies into Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.  NATALIA walked away with all four Daily Prizes, the Swan 42 Class European Championship, 1st Place overall in the Swan 42 Class E Division, and the Rolex Swan Cup that she shares with the winners of the other classes.

When asked what winning her third consecutive Rolex Swan Cup meant to her she said with a twinkle in her eye, "I guess that means I will be back in 2018 to defend my title." 

Results:  http://www.yccsfiles.com/results/rsc16/42_g.html





"Natalia" Wins Race 7 While Nautor's Swan Celebrates Her 50th Anniversary

Day 3 at the Rolex Swan Cup brought a postponement before the winds kicked in to 17-30 knots.  Due to the late start and a wind shift there was only one race for the Swan 42s.

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.

Results:  http://www.yccsfiles.com/results/rsc16/42_g.html

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