The Rolex Swan Cup 2022 is underway, with the first two days offering a riveting competition through the mesmerising Maddalena archipelago. The event which runs from 11-18 September is a biennial regatta organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in collaboration with the Nautor Swan shipyard and with the support of title sponsor Rolex.
The second day at Porto Cervo kicked off on schedule for both divisions with Division One on the coastal course, and Division Two who completed two windward-leeward races. The south-easterly wind put tacticians and strategists to the test with wind speeds ranging from anywhere between 8 to 20 knots in various parts of the course.
The Swan 80 Plis-Play repeated yesterday’s winning performance in the Maxi Class, strengthening her position at the top of the group. Second and third place of the day respectively went to the Swan 100 Onyx, and the Swan 90 Freya. In the overall classification, Plis-Play sits in the top spot ahead of Freya and Onyx.
David Madrazo, crew boss on Plis-Play said “We’re really pleased to have managed to recover from a poor start, the whole crew and in particular the tactician Laureano Wizner did a great job. So good that we overtook most of the fleet on the last leg towards the finish. The boat sails perfectly and we’re happy about that too.”
Over ninety yachts are competing for the 2022 Rolex Swan Cup, with the event first starting in 1980 and celebrating its 21st edition this year. This year marks the first Rolex Swan Cup since 2018 and will conclude on Sunday with a final prize giving at the YCCS Regatta Village.