RTYC Younger Members at the Rolex Maxi World Cup: Day 2


With slightly lighter winds forecast, our day started with a reshuffle of sails between the boat and the dock to ensure we were fully set up for the day's conditions.
The Maxi Racing fleet was the first start to get away, with another stunning coastal course, whilst the Mini Maxi and the magnificent J Class fleets were sent around windward / leeward courses.
Highland Fling had a fantastic pin end start, in clear air which enabled us to lead from the start line all the way around the course. Two other competitors were OCS and had to go back, thus enabling Highland Fling to extend their lead. 
Our course first took us upwind to Monaci before bearing away onto 2 short reaching legs followed by a longer downwind leg. As we were the first start and the leading boat we were faced with the challenge of predicting wind speed and direction which is always variable around the islands. This meant that anticipating the appropriate sail selection was essential. As a consequence, the crew were kept busy with regular sail changes, hoists and drops.
Once again, Highland Fling finished in 1st place with an elapsed time of 2hr45min, winning by 7 minutes on corrected time.
Emily Parker and Will Jackson

Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi