Capri, May 25, 2016
The Southern Wind 25th Anniversary and Rendezvous, held within the Rolex Capri International Regatta, began today under sunny skies. The fleet’s debutante SW102 Seawave, launched in 2015, won a regatta on her first try while the stalwart SW78 Whisper, launched in 2001, placed third.
There was excitement in the air this morning as the nine Southern Wind yachts that are racing in the thirteenth edition of the Southern Wind Trophy prepared for the action. Starts were staggered at two minute intervals and saw SW100RS Mrs. Marietta Cube start first followed by SW100DSFarewell, SW82 Grande Orazio by Pioneer Investments, SW78 Whisper, SW100DS Illusion of the Isles, SW100DS L’Ondine, SW100RS Cape Arrow followed by SW100RS Blues and SW102 Seawave.
The 19nm course took the fleet counter clockwise around Capri and past some of her most beautiful spots. The first leg was towards Naples and the Vesuvius, then past Capri’s lighthouse, the Faraglioni rocks, on towards Punta Campanella then back towards the Capri port. Seawave started last then slowly worked her way up the fleet to edge out the second placed boat and defending champion, SW82 Grande Orazio by Pioneer Investments, by just seconds.
Seawave’s owner followed the action with his younger daughter from a motorboat while his wife and older daughter were sailing.
Grande Orazio by Pioneer Investments’ owner was happy with his day on the water but determined to recover the 13 second gap that separated him from a first place finish today. There was another very narrow gap between Farewell and Blues: just twelve seconds that will give tomorrow’s race an added edge.
SW78 Whisper, the oldest yacht in the Trophy’s fleet, confirmed her mettle with her first owner at the helms. “It was a great day,” he said. “The race course was well laid out and the conditions were ideal. It’s good to be back aboard. Whisper’s new teak decks look beautiful and the boat is as good as new even though she has been sailing and winning for fifteen years now.”
But this anniversary celebration is more than a regatta: four Southern Wind yachts came to participate in the Rendezvous. SW102 Almagores sailed along the course that the racing yachts were following, then stopped in a secluded bay for lunch. SW102 Hevea’s owners toured the nearby islands before coming to Capri and were admiring the other SWS yachts and comparing notes with other owners. “I used to race cars and love speed,” said Hevea’s owner, “but I bought this yacht for different reasons. I did my homework before buying it and really enjoyed the negotiation. It’s wonderful to be back in Capri, an island where I used to vacation as a kid.”
Racing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM tomorrow along a course that will be chosen according to the weather. Conditions should be calm and breezes light.
Southern Wind Shipyard thanks its special partners in this event, Axa Yachting Solutions, Raymarine, and Profumi Acampora.