Deutsche Bank Private Banking Race Day saw an exciting coastal race for the fleet at the Swan Cup 2002, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, with Roberto Ferrero's Swan 48 Solenia II (ITA) beating a host of larger boats to take the overall victory.
Theirry De Passemar's Swan 70 Fast Net (GBR) took line honours and won Class A on corrected time, but took second place overall to Solenia II. Ferrrero's Swan 48 also holds the overall lead after two races of this prestigious
Former IMS World Champion Lorenzo Bressani, helmsman on board Solenia II, outlined the key moments in their victory. "We had a very good start and as we are the fastest boat in Class B, we could stay in front of the fleet and keep clear air. The only moment when we had to make a big decision was coming downwind from Monaci to Porto Cervo. We have been training here for two weeks and when the mistral wind comes down we know where it shifts, as it becomes a tropical wind, so we sailed on the right and hugged the coast whilst most of the others stayed in the middle. The wind swung right which helped us.
However, the Italian explained that it would be hard to keep the leaders position. "We're very happy because we were not amongst the favourites before the event. The windward/ leewards will decide who is really the best, so it will make it hard to stay in front."
A forecast of more than 40 knots ensured a delay in racing until 13.30, with a coastal course selected in preference to a windward/leeward race. The wind gods provided the fleet with a respite after yesterday's conditions with a 10-12 knot North/North Westerly breeze and flat sea state.
Thierry De Passemar was delighted with the way that his Swan 70, Fast.net performed. "We had a very good start and took some good options. We had optimum conditions today, with interesting tactical decisions throughout the race. We were very focussed but it was fun. It's the first time that we've raced the boat so we're still learning about it, and just trying to do our best."
Enrico Scerni's Swan 80 Kora (ITA), sailing with America's Cup and Whitbread legend Paul Cayard took second place in Class A with Roel Pieper's Swan 80 Favonius (NED) in third.
Class B was again dominated by the Swan 56's, with Frank Savage's Lolita (USA) gaining revenge on Sir Geoffery Mulcahy's Noonmark VI. (GBR). However it was Busch-Johannsen's German Swan 56 Blue that took the honours on corrected time.
The British Swan 48 Jacobite, skippered by Ben James and Gabrielle Clarke, again dominated Class D with their second consecutive victory. Martin Jacobson's Swan 44 Crescendo (USA) took second place with Guenter Sell's Swan 47 Tortuga (GER) in third.
At the prize giving, a minute's silence was observed as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives on September 11th last year. Tomorrow will be the Volvo Ocean Race Day, with the fleet embarking on a long coastal race in the region of 50-70 Nautical Miles. Nine of the cruising fleet will be sailing to Pervero Bay just off Porto Cervo.
Provisional Results - Deutsche Bank Private Banking Race Day
1. Solenia 2 R.Ferrero Swan 48 ITA
2. Fast.net T.Passemar Swan 70 GBR
3. Kora E.Scerni Swan 80 ITA
4. Blue D. Busch-Johannsen Swan 56 GER
5. Favonius R.Pieper Swan 80 NED
Overall After 2 Races
1. Solenia 2 R.Ferrero Swan 48 ITA (7,1) 8 points
2. = Noonmark Sir G.Mulcahy Swan 56 GBR (1,9) 10 points
2. = Lolita F.Savage Swan 56 USA (2,8) 10 points
1. Fast.Net T.Passemar Swan 70 GBR
2. Kora E.Scerni Swan 80 ITA
3. Favonius R.Pieper Swan 80 NED
1. Blue D. Johannsen Swan 56 GER
2. Lolita F.Savage Swan 56 USA
3. Noonmark Sir G.Mulcahy Swan 56 GBR
1. Solenia2 R.Ferrero Swan 48 ITA
2. Trumpeter L.Triay Swan 46 GBR
3. Lumikki J.Kullas Swan 48 FIN
1. Jacobite G.Clarke/B.James Swan 48 GBR
2. Crescendo M.Jacobson Swan 44 USA
3. Tortuga G.Sell Swan 47 GER