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.

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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