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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2012 attended by Hall Spars equipped yachts

September 13, 2012

Well known for its close competition as well as changing wind conditions, this year’s edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, held in Sardinia‘s Porto Cervo, could be described as one of the leading events in the yachting world.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2012 Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2012 Photo by Rolex Carlo Borlenghi

Inaugurated in 1980 and the jewel in Rolex’s international yachting portfolio since 1985, the event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and the International Maxi Association (IMA), attracted 34 international Maxi yachts – measuring upwards of 18.29 meters (60 feet) for a week of top quality racing.

Hall Spars equipped yachts claimed victory in three of the five Divisions:

Bella Mente (USA) Wins Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship
Hap Fauth’s JV72 sailing yacht Bella Mente dominated an evolving and competitive Mini Maxi fleet, claiming victory in the third running of the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship.

Sailing yacht Bella Mente Photo credit RolexCarlo Borlenghi

Sailing yacht Bella Mente Photo credit: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Hall Spars Sweep the Supermaxi Class
Filip Balcaen’s Baltic 34m superyacht Nilaya made short work of the Supermaxi class – the division for the week’s largest yachts. Nilaya, the only Supermaxi equipped with racing sails, took advantage of being able to perform tight maneuvers much quicker than her rivals, thanks also to teamwork honed by a crew that has been together for over a decade. Further congratulations to more Hall Spars clients rounding out the top three: Wally 45m luxury yacht Saudade in second place and Farr 35m charter yacht Sojana claiming third.

Superyacht Nilaya - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Superyacht Nilaya - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Four Bullets for Aegir
In the Maxi Racing/Cruising Class, open to yachts dually designed to sail at speed and with comfort, Hall Spars-equipped sailing yacht Aegir, a Rodgers Carbon Ocean 82, claimed victory. Owner Brian Benjamin adds this victory to the class title earned in 2010, with four first-place race finishes in this year’s Maxi R/C roundup.

Aegir superyacht - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Aegir superyacht - Photo by Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi

Hall Spars’ Eric Hall and Andea Merani Join the Open Season and Inti Teams
Thomas Bscher’s 28,60m yacht Open Season (GBR) claimed a strong second place finish in the Wally Division, Group 1, with assistance from Hall Spars’ founder and president Eric Hall on crew. Wally 80 yacht Inti, skippered by Hall Spars’ Andrea Merani, took a second place finish in the Wally Division, Group 2.

Nespresso Cup 2011: Victory for Sailing Yacht Indio and S/Y Ryokan 2 in Portofino

May 10, 2011

The second edition of the Nespresso Cup came to a conclusion in Portofino with Andrea Recordati’s sailing yacht INDIO delivering a near emphatic victory in the Overall Division to lift the stylish Nespresso Cup Trophy, whilst Philippe Ligier’s Wally yacht Ryokan 2 snatched victory from S/Y INTI in the Performance Division in the very final race.

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino - Day 4  Photo  Ben Thouard  Nespresso Cup

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino - Day 4 Photo Ben Thouard Nespresso Cup

Tricky light winds dominated the three-day Nespresso Cup regatta which set the stage for a testing regatta: “We had a fantastic Nespresso Cup here in Portofino,” said Jochen Schüman, S/Y Magic Carpet2 tactician and Nespresso Cup Race Ambassador. The pressure was on the Wally tacticians to deliver the right calls, as ‘wind spotters’ scaled the masts in search of more wind: “We were lucky even though we had very light weather that we could finish four races in sunshine, and just enough breeze. Conditions have been difficult with a lot of chances for passing lanes so we had quite different results and it stayed open until the very last day.”

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino - Day 4  Photo  Ben Thouard  Nespresso Cup

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino - Day 4 Photo Ben Thouard Nespresso Cup

In the Overall Division, the 30.50m sail yacht Indio took control early in the regatta with three race victories, only on the final day did they concede a win to Claus-Peter Offen’s Y3K. “I am delighted as this is the first race of the season for us,” said Andrea Recordati. “It was an unexpected result, especially the way we won it which was pretty amazing. This is my second Nespresso Cup and this year I turned out with my full crew.” Indio’s multi-national crew is full of America’s Cup, Olympic and Volvo Ocean Race talent with the likes of Philippe Presti on tactics and Marc Lagesse navigating. “We had great weather and like Luca [Bassani, Wally Founder] said it was very technical racing because the first day was good with 10-11 knots but the last couple of days we only had six knots or less which made it very difficult, very tactical and all about teamwork and getting it right all the time which is more difficult.”

With Overall victory almost guaranteed for sailing yacht  INDIO as the starting gun went, yacht Y3K and Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’ S/Y Magic Carpet2 were locked in a dual to secure second place overall. Today it was Y3K’s turn for victory crossing the line ahead of 2010 Nespresso Cup winners, Magic Carpet2.

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino - Day 4  Photo  Ben Thouard  Nespresso Cup

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino - Day 4 Photo Ben Thouard Nespresso Cup

As the Wally Yachts headed out to start line today, the much-anticipated duel between the all-French team on Ryokan 2 and the Italian team on INTI in the Performance Division got underway. Philippe Ligier’s crew on Ryokan 2 knew that it was likely only one race would be completed, and they would only have one chance to beat the INTI team on the water to secure victory. “It was difficult for us because our boat is better when the wind is very strong because we have the canting keel so in this kind of weather makes it very difficult,” said Ligier. But despite these disadvantages the French team, that included tactician François Brenac and navigator Olivier Douillard, rose to the challenge: “This year we have won in very low winds, it was very difficult but we had a nice navigation and tactics,” concluded a very satisfied Ligier

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino - Day 4  Photo  Ben Thouard  Nespresso Cup

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino - Day 4 Photo Ben Thouard Nespresso Cup

Carlo Croce, President of the Yacht Club Italian summed up the regatta perfectly: “It has been a fantastic weekend here in Portofino for the Nespresso Cup. We managed four races in three days and we have been lucky, as in Portofino this often happens due to the lack of wind but the racing has been really close. It is the second year that we complete the full schedule of the Nespresso Cup and we as the event hosts are proud of this.”

NESPRESSO CUP 2011 - Onboard Indio, winner of the 2011 NESPRESSO CUP  Photo  Guilain Grenier  Nespresso Cup

NESPRESSO CUP 2011 - Onboard Indio, winner of the 2011 NESPRESSO CUP Photo Guilain Grenier Nespresso Cup

NESPRESSO CUP 2011 - Onboard Indio, winner of the 2011 NESPRESSO CUP  Photo  Guilain Grenier  Nespresso Cup

NESPRESSO CUP 2011 - Onboard Indio, winner of the 2011 NESPRESSO CUP Photo Guilain Grenier Nespresso Cup

NESPRESSO CUP 2011 - Prizegiving Photo Guilain Grenier Nespresso Cup

NESPRESSO CUP 2011 - Prizegiving Photo Guilain Grenier Nespresso Cup

Nespresso Cup Final Results 8TH May, 2011

Overall Results After 4 Races
Pstn / Boat Name / Race Results / Points
1st Indio 1-1-1-3 = 6 points
2nd Y3K 3-2-2-1 = 8 points
3rd Magic Carpet2 2-3-3-2 = 10 points
4th Dark Shardow (P) 4-4-4-4 = 16 points
5th Esense (P) DNS-DNS-DNS-DNS = 24 points

Performance Division Results After 4 Races
Pstn / Boat Name / Race Results / Points
1st Ryokan 2 2-1-2-1 = 6 points
2nd Inti 1-2-1-2 = 6 points
3rd Dark Shadow 4-3-4-3 = 14 points
4th Kenora 3-4-3-4 = 14 points
5th Esense DNS-DNS-DNS-DNS = 24 points

List of Entries : Nespresso Cup 2011
Name / Owner / Length
Dark Shadow / André-Jacques Auberton-Hervè / 30.45m
Esense / Holding Montenegro / 43.70m
Kenora / Long Beach Ltd / 32.72m
Indio / Andrea Recordati / 30.50m
Inti / Lauro Buoro / 24.00m
Magic Carpet2 / Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones / 29.00m
Ryokan 2 / Philippe Ligier / 24.00m
Y3K / Claus-Peter Offen / 30.50m

Nespresso Cup 2011 Day 2: Sailing yacht INDIO strengthens its position to claim trophy

May 10, 2011

The battle lines have been drawn for the final day of racing for the Nespresso Cup tomorrow after today’s penultimate day produced only one race in the light conditions of Portofino. Andrea Recordati’s sailing yacht INDIO scored another victory to claim three wins from the three races so far in the Overall Division, and strengthen their position at the top of the Nespresso Cup overall leaderboard ahead of Y3K and S/Y Magic Carpet2. “At the first cross we were behind Y3K but we kept going on the left-side and it was good so we took the lead on the first leg which we maintained to the end,” said Carlo Torre, INDIO’s yacht manager.

NESPRESSO CUP 2011 - 2nd Racing Day Photo  Ben Thouard  Nespresso Cup

NESPRESSO CUP 2011 - 2nd Racing Day Photo Ben Thouard Nespresso Cup

The race committee of the Yacht Club Italiano postponed the start of the race to allow the wind to increase, getting the windward/ leeward race underway at 12h20 in around 5-6 knots of south-easterly breeze. But the light conditions remained testing for the Wally crews and, in particular, the tacticians who were constantly looking for the shifts and pressure to gain an advantage as Y3K skipper Claus-Peter Offen explained: “We were the very first boat out at the start, we went to the right side but the left side was favoured so INDIO profited from a bit more breeze. It was very, very tricky indeed, and on the second windward leg Magic Carpet2 suffered a bit on the wrong side and we passed inside. It was very close sailing.”

NESPRESSO CUP 2011 - 2nd Racing Day Photo  Ben Thouard  Nespresso Cup

NESPRESSO CUP 2011 - 2nd Racing Day Photo Ben Thouard Nespresso Cup

For Magic Carpet2 their third place was a disappointment which now puts them one point behind their main opponent Y3K: “The conditions weren’t ideal for us against the two larger Wallys,” explained Jochen Schüman, tactician and Nespresso Cup Race Ambassador. “The gamble on the second upwind leg dropped us to third which was hard – no real mistake, just less breeze in different spots so Y3K got passed us. We’re not very happy but we didn’t know how to do better.”

In the Performance Division, Lauro Buoro’s all-Italian team on INTI claimed today’s victory against Philippe Ligier’s all-French team on Ryokan 2 but with only one point separating the two Wally’s, this contest is far from over: “It’s going to be tough tomorrow because if the forecast is even lighter than today, we are pretty tight with Ryokan 2,” said tactician, Alberto Barovier. “We have to control them and ensure no one gets in between.” The crew of Kenora, the largest competing Wally Sailing Yacht at 32.72m, competing in the Performance Division enjoyed today’s race to overhaul Sailing yacht Dark Shadow for third place.

NESPRESSO CUP 2011 - 2nd Racing Day Photo  Ben Thouard  Nespresso Cup

NESPRESSO CUP 2011 - 2nd Racing Day Photo Ben Thouard Nespresso Cup

Whilst INDIO has what seems an unassailable lead going into the final day of the Nespresso Cup, the strategies of Y3K and Magic Carpet2 are clear as they contest to be on the podium in the Overall Division: “In these circumstances we have to concentrate to defend our second position from our main opponent Magic Carpet2 who is just 1 point behind and that can change quickly,” concluded Offen.

Although these professional and Corinthian teams know it is never over until it’s over as INDIO’s Carlo Torre pointed out: “We have a good margin in terms of points with three wins but obviously it’s easy with light and shifty winds that you can pass easily from first to last. All the boats have good tacticians, always searching for the good spot. We cannot be conservative, we have to attack.”

Grant Dalton, Managing Director of Emirates Team New Zealand, arrived in Portofino today to join the Nespresso Cup Ambassadors Francesco de Angelis, Loick Peyron, Samantha Davies and Jochen Schüman. Emirates Team New Zealand officially confirmed that the Kiwi syndicate would be challenging for the 34th America’s Cup supported by Nespresso. “Emirates Team New Zealand is a passionate kind of culture. We do our racing for simply only one reason and we believe we are reasonably good at it; we have got a brand that is almost a market leader now in the sport,” said Dalton. “And I think you can say the same things about Nespresso. They are absolutely market leaders and they are growing quickly. The single thing that sticks in my mind, from the very first contact I had, is that culturally they are similar type of people-focused company, aiming at quality and service and that is the same as us. We are actually in a service industry trying to service the sponsors, service the media and service our core fan base.”

Nespresso Cup Day 2 Results 7th May, 2011

Overall Results After 3 Races – Provisional
Pstn / Boat Name / Race Results / Points
1st Indio 1-1-1 = 3 points
2nd Y3K 3-2-2 = 7 points
3rd Magic Carpet2 2-3-3 = 8 points
4th Dark Shardow (P) 4-4-4 = 12 points
5th Esense (P) DNS-DNS-DNS = 18 points

Performance Division Results After 2 Races – Provisional
Pstn / Boat Name / Race Results / Points
1st Inti 1-2-1 = 4 points
2nd Ryokan 2 2-1-2 = 5 points
3rd Kenora 3-4-3 = 10 points
4th Dark Shadow 4-3-4 = 11 points
5th Esense DNS-DNS-DNS = 18 points

List of Entrie : Nespresso Cup 2011
Name / Owner / Length
Dark Shadow / André-Jacques Auberton-Hervè / 30.45m
Esense / Holding Montenegro / 43.70m
Kenora / Long Beach Ltd / 32.72m
Indio / Andrea Recordati / 30.50m
Inti / Lauro Buoro / 24.00m
Magic Carpet2 / Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones / 29.00m
Ryokan 2 / Philippe Ligier / 24.00m
Y3K / Claus-Peter Offen / 30.50m

Nespresso Cup 2011: Day 1 serves up perfect blend of racing

May 09, 2011

The opening day of the Nespresso Cup 2011 in Portofino, produced some close racing and magnificent battles in both divisions. “Racing today was good weather-wise,” said Nespresso Cup Race Ambassador Francesco de Angelis. “Sunny with a good breeze and we saw an interesting second race because there were some wind shifts which made it a bit more difficult.” In the Overall Division it was sailing yacht Indio (30.50m) that came out on top, winning both races despite the best efforts of S/Y Magic Carpet2 and yacht Y3K to break their winning form: “We had good starts in both races, Y3K was ahead of us both times,” said Indio’s Miguel Costa. “It was very tight racing but we managed to pass them both times – the second one was pretty nice because we rolled them in a type of America’s Cup style.” With tactician Philippe Presti and mast man Shannon Falcone, both veterans of three America’s Cup campaigns, on board it is no surprise to see some America’s Cup moves coming into play. “The tactician and the skipper both did a fantastic job. It is very even between us, Y3K and Magic Carpet2 – it’s been like that all last year,” concluded Costa. Less than three minutes separated these top three boats in the 1 hour, 40 minute opening race, and just 1 minute and 18 seconds in the second slightly shorter race.

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino (ITA) - 06052011 Photo  Guilain Grenier  Nespresso Cup

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino (ITA) - 06052011 Photo Guilain Grenier Nespresso Cup

In the Performance Division, which in essence allows the smaller and older yachts to remain competitive, it was a battle between the all-French team of Ryokan 2 and the all-Italian team of INTI. Lauro Buoro’s team scored the first win before Philippe Ligier’s team that has a diverse and depth of Olympic and match racing talent bounced back.

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino (ITA) - 06/05/2011 Photo  Guilain Grenier  Nespresso Cup

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino (ITA) - 06/05/2011 Photo Guilain Grenier Nespresso Cup

Tomorrow is another day for Jochen Schüman, Nespresso Cup Race Ambassador and tactician on Magic Carpet2 who expects his talented crew to rally: “We have to have good starts then I think we stand a good chance as in both races today we managed to gain back a little. Everything is there we just need to make the right decisions at the start.”

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino (ITA) - 06052011 Photo  Guilain Grenier  Nespresso Cup

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino (ITA) - 06052011 Photo Guilain Grenier Nespresso Cup

Whilst Samantha Davies, reveled in her first-time on board a Wally Yacht, alongside Francesco de Angelis and Loick Peyron, it was a totally different experience to yesterday when leading Italian chef, Emanuele Scarello, prepared a gastronomical feast for the Ambassadors. Today the Nespresso Cup Ambassadors returned the favour by taking Emanuele Scarello sailing for the first time: “For me it was the first time on a Wally and the first time with Francesco and I hope today is not the last time! In the kitchen it is more simple no wind, no sea only the cook!” said Scarello.

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino (ITA) - 06052011 Photo  Guilain Grenier  Nespresso Cup

Nespresso Cup 2011 - Portofino (ITA) - 06052011 Photo Guilain Grenier Nespresso Cup

Nespresso Cup Day 1 Results 6th May, 2011

Overall Results After 2 Races – Provisional

Pstn / Boat Name / Race Results / Points
1st Indio 1-1 = 2 points
2nd Y3K 3-2 = 5 points
3rd Magic Carpet2 2-3 = 5 points
4th Sailing yacht Dark Shadow (P) 4-4 = 8 points
5th Esense (P) DNS = 12 points

Performance Division Results After 2 Races – Provisional

Pstn / Boat Name / Race Results / Points
1st Ryokan 2 2-1 = 3 points
2nd Inti 1-2 = 3 points
3rd Dark Shadow 4-3 = 7 points
4th Kenora 3-4 = 7 points
5th Esense DNS = 12 points

List of Entries : Nespresso Cup 2011

Name / Owner / Length

Dark Shadow / André-Jacques Auberton-Hervè / 30.45m
Esense / Holding Montenegro / 43.70m
Kenora / Long Beach Ltd / 32.72m
Indio / Andrea Recordati / 30.50m
Inti / Lauro Buoro / 24.00m
Magic Carpet2 / Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones / 29.00m
Ryokan 2 / Philippe Ligier / 24.00m
Y3K / Claus-Peter Offen / 30.50m

Nespresso Cup 2011: Stage set in Portofino for Wally Sailing Yachts

May 05, 2011

The Wally contenders for the 2011 Nespresso Cup have arrived in the exquisite Italian harbour of Portofino as preparations get underway to contest for ‘The Ultimate Cup’. The Wally crews have been out training today ahead of the official racing that starts tomorrow. “Our hopes are, of course, to win but we are not the only ones who are hoping,” said Claus-Peter Offen, owner of Y3K who finished 2nd overall last year. “There are a few boats who have the same hopes! The level of the boats and the crews is very high and very competitive and it’s going to be an exciting weekend.”

Nespresso Cup Photo Credit - Gilles Martin Raget

Nespresso Cup Photo Credit - Gilles Martin Raget

The line-up for the Nespresso Cup is impressive – the teams are full of international sailing stars from the world of the America’s Cup, Olympics, Volvo Ocean Race and match racing experts. At the same time, the Nespresso Cup exclusively for Wally Yachts adopts a ‘Corinthian’ approach with the owner/driver rule in force in the Overall Division as the skippers recruit crews as much as for their talents as for the ambience on board. “The Corinthian spirit is important for us and we try to do our best, and enjoy the racing which is the most important thing,” said Kenora’s Marco Pecori. “The crew are our friends with many different nationalities and we have sailed together for two years now.” The Nespresso Cup is a perfect blend of a passion for performance, style and enjoyment.

Nespresso Cup defending champions, Magic Carpet2, will have to deliver a strong performance over the next three days if they want to retain the Nespresso Cup trophy designed by leading designer Konstatin Grcic: “This puts pressure on me and the team,” said Jochen Schüman, Nespresso Cup Race Ambassador and tactician on Magic Carpet2. “The desire is to win again and it would be a great honour to repeat that but we have to start at zero and hope we have the right luck and conditions to make it happen.”

Nespresso Cup 2010 Sailing Yacht Kenora - Credit Carlo Borlenghi ©

Nespresso Cup 2010 Sailing Yacht Kenora - Credit Carlo Borlenghi ©

Six of the Wally Yachts competing here in Portofino also competed in the first edition of the Nespresso Cup last year including Y3K (Claus-Peter Offen, GER, 2nd), Indio (Andrea Recordati, ITA, 4th) and Ryokan 2 (Philippe Ligier, FRA, 5th). The 2011 Nespresso Cup welcomes newcomer INTI headed up by Timone Andrea Merani. The all Italian crew is brimming with America’s Cup talent including their 40 year-old tactician Alberto Barovier from Venice who sailed with Luna Rossa and BMW ORACLE Racing and holds an incredible 11 World Championship titles: “The expectation from our side is pretty high,” commented INTI skipper, Andrea Merani. “We have a strong crew and we trained in the last two days to be competitive here in Portofino where the weather condition will be not the best for our boat. But thanks to our crew we will be able to race with only 15 people on board so saving some weight.”

The Nespresso Cup racing is managed by the Yacht Club Italiano and racing will start at 11h00 tomorrow (Friday, 6th May). The current weather forecast is for a light northerly breeze, requiring 100% focus out on the water but, then again, these sailors have learnt to take Mediterranean forecast with a pinch of salt: “The weather reports are usually 100% wrong so very hard to predict – today the forecast was for no wind and we had 14 knots,” said Claus-Peter Offen.

“The Nespresso Cup is more than just a sailing event,” commented Guillaume Le Cunff, International Marketing and Strategy Director, Nestlé Nespresso S.A. “It is a unique event that celebrates the combination of performance and design. At this year’s edition of the Nespresso Cup, we are delighted to bring together some of sailing’s most respected world-class sailors and Wally owners, as well as leading names in design who have a history of collaboration with Nespresso, to deliver one of the most beautiful and inspirational regattas.”

List of Entries: Nespresso Cup 2011

Name / Owner / Length

S/Y Dark Shadow / André-Jacques Auberton-Hervè / 30.45m

Sailing yacht Esense / Holding Montenegro / 43.70m

Kenora / Long Beach Ltd / 32.72

Indio / Andrea Recordati / 30.50m

Inti / Lauro Buoro / 24.00m

Magic Carpet2 / Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones / 29.00m

Ryokan 2 / Philippe Ligier / 24.00m

Y3K / Claus-Peter Offen / 30.50m

About Nestlé Nespresso SA

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and market leader in highest-quality portioned premium coffee. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso has a presence in more than 50 countries and 5500 employees. In 2010, it operated a global retail network of 215 exclusive boutiques. Nespresso achieved global 2010 sales of more than CHF 3 billion and organic growth of more than 20%.

About Wally

Wally is world leader in yachting innovation, combining latest technology with contemporary design, constantly looking at ways of improving on the water enjoyment with performance, quality, comfort, and style. It is the only yachting brand two-time winner of the ‘Compasso d’Oro’, the world’s most important award for quality and design.

About YCI

The Nespresso Cup will be hosted by the Yacht Club Italiano, which is also responsible for the race management of the event. The YCI was founded in 1879 and is one of the oldest Yacht Clubs in the Mediterranean. It runs the prestigious annual Giraglia Cup jointly with the Yacht Club de France, and has been home to the Luna Rossa America’s Cup challenge, fronted by Francesco de Angelis.

Nespresso Cup: Wally sailing yachts prepare for 2nd edition off Portofino

April 29, 2011

With only one week to go until the start of the second edition of the Nespresso Cup to be held over the 6th to 8th May, eight Wally Yachts representing a diverse range of these unmistakable sleek and stylish sailing yachts will be gathering in the beautiful harbour of Portofino in the coming days ahead of official registration on Thursday, 5th May.

Nespresso Cup Wally Sailing SuperYachts prepare for 2nd edition off Portofino

Nespresso Cup Wally Sailing SuperYachts prepare for 2nd edition off Portofino

Joining the leading Wally owners, crew and Nespresso Cup Ambassadors will be Managing Director of Emirates Team New Zealand, Grant Dalton, who last week officially confirmed that the Kiwi syndicate would be challenging for the 34th America’s Cup supported by Nespresso. At the announcement in Auckland, Dalton acknowledged the support of the team’s sponsors: “We welcome Nespresso as a team sponsor for the 34th America’s Cup. Nespresso is well known in sailing circles and a long-time supporter of the sport. Emirates Team New Zealand values its association with premium international brands like Nespresso, whose continuous innovation and commitment to success are a core part of the culture.”

Dark Shadow WallyYachts

Dark Shadow by Wally Yachts

Sailing yacht Esense at 44m (143ft) is the largest Wally Yacht to be competing with the 24m (80ft) Inti and Ryokan 2 at the other end of the scale. Indio, Y3K, S/Y Dark Shadow, Kenora and last year’s Nespresso Cup victors Magic Carpet2 complete the entry list for what will be an intense regatta exclusively for the Wally Class. Wally founder, Luca Bassani, commented: “The flexibility we have is great, because we can have races at the right moment in the right wind and you don’t have to have a start just because there are other classes. Having three or four days only for you, you can wait for the right weather window to have the best races. It is like it used to be in the golden age of the Maxis in the 1980s when the Maxis were sailing by themselves with their own race committee and courses and they were really having fantastic racing.”

The yachts will be divided into two divisions, overall and performance, with a low scoring system being applied with each yacht being allowed to discard their worst result once five or more races have been completed. Racing for the Nespresso Cup will start 1100 CET on Friday, 6th May under the race management of the Yacht Club Italiano, one of the oldest and most prestigious Yacht Clubs in the Mediterranean.

The first edition of the Nespresso Cup in 2010 brought together some of sailing’s most respected world-class sailors, and the second edition of the Nespresso Cup is no different with Wally owners and crews representing the UK, France, Germany, Holland, Italy and the USA.

Magic Carpet2 - Nespresso Cup - Photo Credit Carlo Borlenghi

Magic Carpet2 - Nespresso Cup - Photo Credit Carlo Borlenghi

Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones owner of Magic Carpet2, has recruited many of his winning crew from 2010 including American Tom Whidden, who has three America’s Cup events with the legendary Dennis Conner, Dutchman Marcel van Triest one of the world’s most sought after navigators and meteorologists and Volvo Ocean Race star Guy Salter as bowman. In addition, Nespresso Cup Ambassador Jochen Schüman will be providing the tactical nous as Magic Carpet2 endeavour to lift the stunning Nespresso Cup Trophy, designed by leading German designer Konstantin Grcic, once more.

Alongside these talented sailors will be existing Nespresso Cup Ambassadors Frenchman Loick Peyron, who has just returned victorious from the double-handed Barcelona World Race, and Italy’s Francesco de Angelis, whilst Samantha Davies is also welcomed to the Nespresso ‘family’ as a new ambassador this year. Bassani concludes that he likes the family flavour of the Nespresso Cup, the club feeling and the involvement of the sponsor: “The sponsor in this case doesn’t remain someone far away; they are part of the competition. I think everyone is very, very happy about the event.”

List of Entries: Nespresso Cup 2011

Name / Owner / Length

Sailing yacht Dark Shadow  / André-Jacques Auberton-Hervè / 30.45m

S/Y Esense  / Holding Montenegro / 43.70m

Kenora / Long Beach Ltd / 32.72m

Indio / Andrea Recordati / 30.50m

Inti / Lauro Buoro / 24.00m

Magic Carpet2 / Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones / 29.00m

Ryokan 2 / Philippe Ligier / 24.00m

Y3K / Claus-Peter Offen / 30.50m