Sailing yacht SAUDADE has been crowned the winner of this 10th edition of the event after taking first place in the final race of the Superyacht class at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2017, while MAGIC CARPET³ beat competitors OPEN SEASON for their first win in the Wally class in two years.
Albert Buell, owner of SAUDADE, has raced successive yachts by the name of Saudade since Winning the Admiral’s Cup in 1973. Abert Buell won his first race on Sardinia back in 1988 and has gained a taste for the race along with his crew, some of which have been racing at his side for over 20 years. After winning the Superyacht class in 2015 and 2016, this is sailing yacht SAUDADE’s third consecutive win.
“We made the triple. That was the dream.” Buell smiled as he lifted the regatta’s top award, the Silver Jubilee Cup. “The dream is a reality. There is not too much difference to how we won the last two years. This week was special because the winds were light and changed a lot. We had a lot of luck but the crew worked hard and we sailed smoothly.”
Both sailing yacht SAUDADE and MAGIC CARPET³ underwent an overhaul during the winter, the former receiving a new keel, rudder, bowsprit and rigging while the latter has reduced her overall weigh for smoother performance during racing.
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda will host its next event – the Melges 40 Grand Prix – from the 14th to the 17th of June. To find out of any of these regatta yachts are available for charter in the Mediterranean this upcoming season, contact CharterWorld.