RTYC Younger Members at the Rolex Maxi World Cup: Day 5


The penultimate day of racing was hanging in the balance due to lack of wind resulting in a postponement. However, a breeze was forecast to come in at around 1pm which proved correct.
The Maxi Racing class was the third start which allowed us to watch the tight, exciting starts of the mini maxis and secondly the Wallys. All three classes were sent around a shorter coastal course due to the delayed start. 
It turned out to be one of the best days of racing. It was a spectacular sight to be sailing in such close proximity to the other classes, including the four J class yachts - Velsheda, Ranger, Lionheart and Rainbow.  We also passed the Mini Maxis fleet as they beat back up from the leeward mark, Allegre leading the fleet with the crew hiking so hard they could almost touch the water!
Overall it was a much closer racing in our fleet than in previous days due to the conditions and course favouring our rivals.  However, Highland Fling managed to clinch the victory by 35 seconds on corrected time. With four bullets this meant that Highland Fling ensured a class win a day early.
In the evening we were able to celebrate at the Rolex Crew Party at the Colonna Pevero Hotel.

Emily Parker and Will Jackson

Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi