Inoui crowned winner at Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta

On the fourth and final day of the Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta, the forecast breeze failed to arrive on the race course. As the expected westerly wind did not materialise in the late morning, the Race Committee postponed the start for both the Superyacht and Southern Wind divisions several times, right up until 1.30 p.m., when the Committee Boat was forced to signal that there would be no further racing.

The classification remained, therefore, unchanged compared to yesterday, with Inoui, a 108-footer owned by Switzerland’s Marco Vogele, claiming the Silver Jubilee Cup, reserved for the winner in the Superyacht Cruising Class. In second place, just two points behind, was the Baltic 108 Win Win, and in third place – four points behind the victor – was the 33-metre Pattoo. Marco Vogele also took home the YCCS Trophy for the top-scoring member of the Club in the event.

Chris Main, tactician on Inuoi: “We had very close racing between us, Pattoo and Win Win, in the cruising class all three races were decided by just a few seconds, which made everything much more fun. Today we felt we had the chance to win the combined class as well, where we were second, on equal points with V, but racing wasn’t possible.”

With the WallyCento V and Inoui sitting on equal points in the Combined Performance & Cruising Class, the tie was broken on countback. With two races won, V therefore triumphed over Inoui, with Win Win in third place, two points behind.

Ben Bartlett, spokesperson for V: “We’ve had a fantastic week with excellent weather conditions and surprising results for us. As the first regatta for this new programme we weren’t expecting amazing things, our main focus was on building a new team and looking ahead to the next events this year. The win was an unexpected bonus.”

In the Southern Wind division, no classifications were drawn up, in recognition of the non-competitive spirit of the Rendezvous. At the awards ceremony, the Commercial Director of the shipyard, Andrea Micheli, and Commercial Manager Jeremy Peek presented prizes to the SW94 Aragon for the best manoeuvres, Sørvind for the best start and Egiwave for having most fully embraced the spirit of the Southern Wind Rendezvous. In addition, the SW100 #01 Starfall was presented with a special award in memory of Willy Persico, founder of the Southern Wind shipyard.

As part of the pathway to making its events increasingly sustainable, the YCCS has obtained the Gold Clean Regattas certification issued by Sailors for the Sea for the Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta. Among the actions implemented to achieve this goal, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda employed MarkSetBot robotic buoys, which hold their position thank to an electric motor working in tandem with a GPS system, eliminating the need for anchors on the seabed.

The next regatta scheduled will be The Nations Trophy – Swan One Design from 19th to 24th June.

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