Skipper Fabrizio Oddone and his permanent crew, with the valuable assistance of the crew boss Lorenzo Mazza (America’s Cup winner on board of Alinghi), managed to lead the fleet from the very beginning of the race, engaging with charter yacht Lupa of London until a few miles away from the Line Honours.
Luxury yacht Windfall completed the race scoring a second position in elapsed time and first in IRC Zero Class ahead of the Volvo 60’ “Spirit of Adventure” (ex Amers Sport One).
The Russian sailing Team High Spirit was assisted by a crew of professional sailors provided by Southern Wind Sailing Academy.
A special credit goes to navigator Francesco Mongelli (Shosholoza) and RYA instructor Vieri Mannucci, for being able to combine the onboard training activity of the Academy with the racing needs. At the end of the race, three of the six members of Team High Spirit were awarded the Yacht Ocean Master.
Superyacht Windfall confirmed her racing potential, even in a cruising mode and with a limited sail wardrobe (no code O), which affected the tactical and sailing decisions. On the other hand, comfort and moral on board were ensured by the energy of Clara, the most experienced sailor woman on board of Southern Wind yachts and the five star meals served throughout the regatta by Sophie.
Last but not least it is worth to mention Igor Katalevskiy’s enthusiasm for this initiative which brought together different nations and cultures all united by the same passion for sailing.
High Spirit Team
Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Southern Wind.