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The Rolex Swan Cup its Spreads Wings

19august2012rolexswancupracning_news19 August, 2012: Heavy weather conditions in Porto Cervo, Sardinia slowed things down for the competitors at this year’s Rolex Swan Cup. While the start time had to be moved in order to take advantage of more suitable racing conditions, about an hour after the scheduled start time, the weather gave in and the Rolex Swan Cup found its much anticipated start. Despite the short delay because of the weather, the first day at sea was overall a very good one exposing the leaders for the race, so far. Below the winners by class:

Bronenosec (RUS) is now holding on to the leader leadership in the Maxi class (18.29 metres/60 ft. +) taking the very first victory of the week after racing against the Stark Raving Mad and Constanter (USA.) James Madden, who owns the Stark Raving Mad commented about the race: “It is by far the prettiest place I’ve ever sailed. We enjoyed a building breeze all the way through the Strait. It was very puffy with winds from 9-13 knots, which saw us flirting with going from an A1 to an A2. When we rounded the Maddalena on the backside it got really interesting with shifts of 60 degrees. We knew we were doing well but it was hard to assess on corrected time. The boat is great - it is seven years old, we’ve had it completely redone, and it sails really well.”

For the Grand Prix class (18.28m and below) Natalia (ROU) set a tough path to follow for its contenders Magical Mystery Tour (GBR) and Long Echo (GBR). The winner in the Classic competition is the Swan 53 Ondine (ITA) which was followed by the much impressive Swan 38 Only You, the smallest boat in the entire competition.

Last but not least, the Earlybird (GER) made the early lead in the Rolex Swan 45 World Championship by barely defeating Vittorio Ruggiero’s TalJ (ITA) in what might had been the most exciting race of this first day. Ruggiero commented about their performance: “We had an excellent first race. By a whisker in the second race we couldn’t move ahead at a key mark. Today, we made almost no mistakes - it will be an interesting duel with Earlybird.” If today’s events are a preview of what the  2012 Rolex Swan Cup has to offer, interesting is indeed the word to describe what will be witnessed once the swans start to fly.