Going into the last day, ‘AllSmoke’ the SW-RP90 from the drawing boards of Reichel Pugh and Nauta Design, was leading on points in the Maxi Racer Cruiser Division and was in a good position to take first on the podium. With tricky conditions in the final stages of the race, the dice was rolled and ‘AllSmoke’ came in fourth giving her a tie on points with the Class Winner ‘Nefertiti’ for first overall. When it came to the countback with both boats on 13 points, Nefertiti’s win in the last race gave her the series.
However, the owner and the whole crew were happy with the well fought for second overall. Yann Dabbadie, Drawing Office Manager and in-house naval architect at Southern Wind summed up the feeling for the crew: “We lost first overall after a challenging race that did not go our way. We ended up in a hole downwind with the fleet coming into us and there was nothing we could do about it. However, that’s boat racing and we are obviously still delighted with our second overall, having equalled the winner on points and lost in the countback. On the windy day, ‘AllSmoke’ came through with no breakages, when there was substantial damage across the fleets thanks to some careful decisions and the reliability of the build and systems.”
‘AllSmoke’ has been equipped with a new North Sails 3Di Raw race sail inventory for this regatta and Mark Sadler, tactician on board the boat summarised: “Yes, we’ve had a difficult day; however the boat is going fast and it’s all positive. We’ve made huge improvements during the week and the crew have done a great job. We are now looking forward to the next regatta and the future programme for ‘AllSmoke’ going forwards.”
Apart from AllSmoke’s success two other Southern Wind yachts sailed well in the Mini-Maxi Cruiser Racer fleet, both finishing in the top half of their fleet. ‘Kiwi’, the SW78 finished a very creditable fourth overall, with one race win during the week and ‘Far II Kind’, the SW72 finished 6th overall. Both the SW78 (launched in 2002) and the SW72 (launched in 1996) represent the heritage of SWS, at the same time demonstrating the core values and DNA of the shipyard: performance, comfort and reliability.
Congratulations go to the owners and crew of ‘AllSmoke’, ‘Kiwi’ and ‘Far II Kind’ for their successes in a challenging and often windy week on the race course.
Ph. Carlo Baroncini