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#NSVICTORYLIST: ROLEX CAPRI SAILING WEEK
The Bay of Naples Serves Up Race-Winning Conditions For North Sails Clients
The 2019 edition of Rolex Capri Sailing Week featured 120 entries and North Sails clients delivered commanding control of the scoreboard. Starting the week off with the Regata dei Golfi, Caol Ila R stole the show, being the first to cross the finish line. Alex Schaefer and his crew were also awarded the overall Maxi Yacht Capri Trophy and won the Mini Maxi R division. The top six spots of the Mini Maxi division were fueled by 3Di and Caol Ila R’s win came in the last moments of the downwind leg with a well-executed sail change. Clients also filled the podium in the Maxi R/C, Maxi C/R division, ORC A, and took first overall in ORC B. The Capri ClubSwan Award went to Swan 80 Plis Play, winners of the Mini Maxi Cruiser/Racer division, and ClubSwan 42 BeWild, for the best performing Swans at the event. The Mylius Cup Trophy was won by Oscar3.
“Nothing means more to us than our clients and their performance. It is our primary goal to provide them with the support to be in shape for racing, and have the tools they need to perform to the best of their abilities.”
Sailmaker Bacci Sgarbossa along with two of his Casasco, Italy based Certified Service experts were onsite to provide sail repair services to all sailors. Each day, they were ready to take on the challenge of making sure every team was ship-shape for racing. Bacci and his team stayed busy repairing 50 sails across the five day regatta.
Sales Expert Alessio Razeto added; “Nothing means more to us than our clients and their performance. It is our primary goal to provide them with the support to be in shape for racing, and have the tools they need to perform to the best of their abilities”
Caol Ila R was on fire from day one. Their boat speed was spot on, and their crew work was top-notch, winning the Maxi Yacht Capri Trophy and overall Sailing Week title. The biggest highlight Pratt said was “winning when the points were that close was exciting. Spending most of the Winter season preparing for this first regatta, it was fantastic to see all of our hard work pay off.” Pratt commented;
“One of our most memorable moments of glory was at the bottom of the leeward leg, coming into the finish. We swiftly executed a sail change from our Helix to our downwind spinnaker as the breeze filled in and put us five boat lengths ahead of Jethou just before we crossed the finish line. It all came down to two seconds to win the regatta hands down.”
Event preparation was a vital part of the regatta outcome for Oscar3, and owner/ skipper, Aldo Parisotto was more than pleased when his team went above and beyond expectations. Stefano commented;
“Our first focus was to satisfy our team goals. We worked a lot this winter on mast tuning, and revamped our inventory with the addition of a new 3Di mainsail. We realized that all the hard work we put in pre-season paid off and maintaining the same core crew and leadership onboard made a huge difference. Winning our division and securing the Mylius Trophy in our first event of 2019 was a highlight.”
“Upgrading SuperNikka’s sail inventory stepped up their game in all the right ways. He commented; “We got a new 3Di mainsail and headsail before the event. With an optimal sail design and some fine-tuning of the rig, we got the perfect shape, which gave us an additional performance boost. We out-performed our expectations. This fleet is top notch, and your result is hard-fought. We never expected to be so close to our competition, and were happy with our third place finish in Mini Maxi Racer.”