Please select your home edition
Edition
Marine Resources 2019 - Leaderboard

IMA announces Mediterranean Maxi Inshore and Offshore Challenge winners

by International Maxi Association 11 Oct 2019 02:25 PDT
For the IMA's Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge, the contest went to the wire between Wallyño and Lorina 1895. © Gilles Martin-Raget / Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

While the Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge this year was into its fourth season, its inshore brother was introduced anew for 2019 by the International Maxi Association, the World Sailing-recognised body that administers and promotes maxi boat racing globally.

The IMA Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge (MMIC) spanned six events, starting with Sail Racing PalmaVela in May, then taking in Rolex Capri Sailing Week, the inshore races at Rolex Giraglia, Copa del Rey MAPFRE, followed by the big event of the season - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - and concluding with last week's Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez.

Impressively this first edition of the MMIC went to the wire, not just to the last event but to its last race. Going into Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, Benoît de Froidmont's Wally 60 Wallyño led Jean-Pierre Barjon's Swan 601 Lorina 1895 by just one point. Going into the final day of racing off Pampelonne Beach, they were tied on five points. In this Wallyño managed to finish less than a minute ahead of Lorina 1895 on the water, her time magnified under IRC being the lower-rated.

"It was very close and the outcome came down to the very last moment, which made it tough, so to win was all the more enjoyable," said de Froidmont, who is also President of the International Maxi Association. "It is a good thing for our Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge, because it has proved it can be close, which I hope will encourage more boats to come and join us in the future."

Among the silver Wally 60's top inshore results during 2019 were a win at Rolex Capri Sailing Week, a second place to Lorina 1895 at Rolex Giraglia (but winning in the combined inshore-offshore results). Finally Wallyño gained a small advantage over Lorina 1895, beating her by one place in September's Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

"We did quite well over the season," continued de Froidmont. "We didn't have any technical issues with the boat which we had in the past apart from breaking a few sails..."

He also paid tribute to his French crew, including boat captain and main trimmer Quentin Le Nabour and other afterguard notables such as Tour de France à la Voile skipper Cedric Pouligny and former top Figaro sailor Gerald Veniard.

Winner of the IMA's 2018-19 Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge (MMOC) was Miguel Galuccio's Vera. As usual this series kicked-off with the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race and continued on into 2019 with May's Regata dei Tre Golfi (the offshore feeder race to Rolex Capri Sailing Week), the 151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar from Livorno to Punta Ala via the Giraglia Rock, culminating in the offshore race of Rolex Giraglia and Palermo-Montecarlo in August.

A Reichel/Pugh-designed and Cookson-built Nauta 84, Vera began life as Pier Luigi Loro Piana's My Song, but was acquired by her present London-based Argentinean owner three years ago. Although relatively new to sailing, Galuccio has surrounded himself with an excellent team and has taken some smart steps to fast track his knowledge, including gaining experience in smaller race boats such as the Melges 32.

This season Vera has proved exceptional offshore. During the 151 Miglia-Trofeo Cetilar she repeated her previous owner's success from 2016, winning overall under IRC but did so in an elapsed time of just 15 hours 10 minutes compared to My Song's 17 hours 57 minutes. She followed this up with a disappointing Rolex Giraglia, due to a park-up off Monaco, but set this right by claiming both line and IRC corrected honours in the Palermo-Montecarlo.

If the MMIC was close, the MMOC was closer still with Vera finishing tied on points with George David's Rambler 88, but winning on countback. Third place went to Marietta Strasoldo's Swan 651 Lunz am Meer.

While integral to Vera's success and Galuccio's development have been his regular tactician, Italian former Laser Olympian Michele Regolo, Vera's success offshore owes much to Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking.

"There are people in this team who are very young and who will be very good," said Galuccio, who enjoys watching his crew cohese and develop as a team. "Michele is super bright and his starts are like he is on a Laser. Bouwe has been instrumental to putting the processes in place and he has worked very well with the Italians. He also brought in Aksel [Magdhal] in to navigate."

Vera was also in the running for MMIC until a broken rudder at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup curtailed this, still leaving her finishing a respectible third overall behind Wallyño and Lorina 1895. Galuccio admits he prefers racing offshore: "I love the offshore because it is more diverse, there is more wind and much more strategy. And in strong wind when you are on watch you get to see people like Bouwe and Michele driving - they don't drive the inshore."

The IMA's Mediterranean Maxi Inshore and Offshore Challenges will continue with the same events and format in 2020, but the MMOC beginning with next week's Rolex Middle Sea Race starting on 19th October.

For more information on the International Maxi Association visit www.internationalmaxiassociation.com.

Related Articles

Dream up new destinations
Hinckley Sport Boat 40c and 40x have the refined performance We dream of landfalls and entering the crystal clear blue waters of Bahamian inlets lined with sand and coral. Or navigating the channel between jagged, barnacle-encrusted rocks and arriving in snug, keyhole harbors in far flung outposts. Posted on 16 Feb
Intrepid Powerboats unveils new website
Full of new and improved features Our new site is live and it's full of new and improved features we are super excited about. Each model has a new gallery layout and an improved, sleek way to build your own custom-made Intrepid any way you like. Posted on 15 Feb
Sirena 58 Coupé world debut at Miami Yacht Show
Sirena 58 Coupé, made her public debut at 2020 Miami Yacht Show Sirena Yachts is proud to announce that their all-new addition to the fleet, the Sirena 58 Coupé, made her public debut at the 2020 Miami Yacht Show at Biscayne Bay's Sea Isle Marina. Posted on 15 Feb
Introducing the new generation 42' Siesta
Largest cabin in the 42' category with enclosed head / shower Largest cabin in the 42' category with enclosed head / shower. Extended range with optional 130 additional fuel for a total of 742 gallons of fuel. Posted on 14 Feb
Aviara debuts third model AV40 at Miami Boat Show
New brand launches third model in inaugural year MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCFT) modernized the luxury day boat category with the premiere of a new brand, Aviara in 2019. Posted on 14 Feb
We'll take you right to the Miami Boat Show!
Virginia Key is serviced by free water taxi During the show, Virginia Key is serviced by free water taxi and shuttle bus service that takes you directly to a show entrance. Posted on 14 Feb
Full power with 48 Wallytender X unveiled at Miami
Wally launches the super high-performance outboard version at the Miami Yacht Show 2020 Hot on the heels of the exciting new 48 Wallytender world debut last autumn, at this month's Miami Yacht Show Wally has revealed a new, powerful outboard version of the stylish day cruiser in an elegant, deep Tyrrhenian Blue color. Posted on 14 Feb
Horizon FD102 makes its global debut
Christened by its European owners during a New Year's celebration The first "superyacht" in the acclaimed Fast Displacement (FD) Series made its global debut at the 2020 Horizon Open House in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Posted on 14 Feb
New WM-4 Satellite Weather and Audio Receiver
Navico announces launch for SiriusXM® weather and audio Navico, parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad®, B&G® and C-MAP® brands have announced the launch of the WM-4 Marine Satellite Receiver for SiriusXM® weather and audio. Posted on 14 Feb
Miami Yachts Show and MIBS descend upon the city
Experience both shows digitally from the comfort of your home Miami residents prepare for the "five biggest days in boating," as the Miami Yachts Show and the Miami International Boat Show descend upon the city. Posted on 13 Feb
Nanni Diesel Australia 2020 - FOOTERMaritimo 2019 FooterMarina Exchange FOOTER 1