After an evening dominated by protests, the second day of racing at the Swan 45 Gold Cup got underway with Marco Salvi and Alberto SIGNORINI'S Vertigo (ITA) continuing their incredible form.
Racing eventually commenced following a decision by the Race Committee to delay the start and wait for the forecasted 10-12 knot southeasterly breeze to fill in. The conditions duly improved and the first of two windward / leeward races started with the hungry pack of Swan 45's making some close calls to get the best position on the line. It was Vincenzo ONORATO'S Mascalzone LATINO (ITA), with world class sailor Vasco Vascotto onboard, that got the advantage at the pin end and led to the first mark with Vertigo and Stefan Polti's MINTAKA (ITA) completing the Italian charge to lead the fleet.
A tactical decision by Vertigo to take the left hand side of the course proved timely, as they overtook Mascalzone Latino to the second mark and maintained the lead to win the first race, despite immense pressure from Tom STARK'S RUSH (USA) and Vittorio CODECASA'S Jeroboam (ITA). Vascotto, remained philosophical despite the consistent performance by Salvi and Signorini's tight crew: "We had a good start in the first race and then played the first shift well. But it just wasn't good enough as Vertigo overtook us on the second beat as they turned the right mark and beat us. They've had a really good three days."
He continued: "I love sailing on Mascalzone Latino, first of all because I'm sailing with friends and secondly because it's great to sail on the one-design boats. Whether or not we win will depend on how good we are and how bad Vertigo is!"
Following the previous night's decision to disqualify Paolo SCERNI'S Kora (ITA) and William DOUGLASS' Goombay SMASH (USA) for a collision in yesterday's Race One, Vertigo had all to play for in the second race of today to increase her advantage at the top of the leaderboard. A solid performance provided the results they needed to win the day, despite a vain attempt to chase lead boat, Jeroboam, who maximized on a spectacular start to finish the final race one minute ahead of Goombay Smash.
International Star sailor, Mark REYNOLDS commented on the results of the day as tactician on board Vertigo: "We still had to play the shifts today. It gets a little scary because you're trying to beat one guy and protect the other. Sometimes it's better not to worry about the best boats and just concentrate on what you're doing - it worked for us so far. I don't like to get too excited halfway through the regatta but our goal was to stay in the top five in all the races so I like our position so far!"
New to the Swan 45's, Reynolds commented on the overall feel for this owner/driver class: "The Swan 45 is a beautiful boat. I am very surprised as I didn't think we were going to have so many people and boats here but also so many good sailors. The owners are really enthusiastic about the class and having fun - that's the most important think to remember!"
The Swan 45 Gold Cup will continue today, Wednesday 13 October, with the ClubSwan Race Day, which will see the 20 boat fleet test their stamina in the long race with a course of between 30 - 40 miles.
The final prize giving will be held on Friday 15th October in the Regatta Village, hosted by Morgan Stanley.
Full results are available on the event website at the address below.