Porto Cervo, June 11, 2016
The celebrations for Southern Wind Shipyard’s 25th Anniversary have continued on from Capri to Porto Cervo, where three Southern Wind yachts were podium finishers in one of the world’s most prestigious regattas. The Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and Boat International Media with main sponsor Loro Piana, was held from June 7th to 11th.
Seawave, the newly launched SW102 that was overall winner of the Capri Rolex International Regatta and the 25th Anniversary SWS Trophy, competed in Class A at the Loro Piana. Three Southern Wind yachts were in Class B:the SW82 Grande Orazio, winner of her Class in the past two editions of the LPSR, SW78 Whisper, the yacht with Reichel/Pugh naval architecture launched in 2001 with a long string of offshore racing victories under her belt such as: winner of the 2009 SWS Trophy, 1st place in her division at the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race, 1st place in the 2009 Mini Maxy Rolex Cup (cruising racing class). Whisper has also competed in three editions of Les Voiles de St. Tropez, coming in with a highly respectable 2nd place in 2013 and claimed a 2nd place at the Capri Rolex International Regatta. Lastly SW82 Ammonite, freshly arrived to Porto Cervo from her 7000nm maiden voyage from the Cape Town shipyard and at her regatta debut.
SW82 Grande Orazio confirmed her past performance with two first place finishes in four races and six points overall advantage over the second placed yacht in the Class. After winning her Class at the LPSY regatta for the third consecutive year, her pleased owner, Massimiliano Florio, had these words: “This win is a tribute to Southern Wind’s 25th Anniversary. The synergy and the teamwork in my crew has been an added plus that reinforced the yacht’s potential. We can get even better and will work over the summer to arrive at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in top form.”
Throughout the regatta Grande Orazio was battling with another Southern Wind yacht for first place in her Class: SW78 Whisper. This yacht finished first, second and third in the daily races finishing second overall confirming that, after fifteen years on the water, she is still a force to be reckoned with. The debutant Ammonite, with a professional crew of Aussie TP52 sailors, did a test sail the first day and got a third place in the daily races, finishing fourth overall, just two points from the third placed yacht, My Song, the 84 footers designed by Reichel Pugh and Nauta Design.
SW102 Seawave also put on a great show finishing first on the final day of racing and placing third in Class A, just one point from the second placed yacht, the 33 meters Baltic Win Win. She also left behind her some major rivals such as the 45 meters Wally Saudade, the 33 meters Vitters Inoui and the 38 meters Perini P2. The owner’s enthusiasm for racing was almost tangible as he prepares his 102, launched just a year ago, for the Palma Superyacht Cup.
Southern Wind Shipyard would like to thank our fans for following us on the regatta circuit and congratulate our owners who do so much to bring out the best in the performance aspects of our yachts.
Fair winds from the Southern Wind Team
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