Perini Cup Racing Day 3

It was an exciting second day on the water during of the fourth edition of the Perini Navi Cup came to a close with Maltese Falcon possibly still leading the overall classification

The regatta, which sees the spectacular fleet of 13 sailing yachts from the Perini Navi shipyard race off Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda, is organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, taking place from 1st through 4th September.

Despite a partly cloudy sky and strong breeze that died away towards the end of the race day 3 saw some great racing.

Chris Gartner, Captain of Maltese Falcon, got off to a good start and completed the course well.

Veteran America’s Cup sailor Dawn Riley, tactician aboard the 45-metre Helios which has Suzy Leech as navigator also gave a good performance

The 13 sailing giants that took to the starting line off Porto Cervo followed a course of approximately 24 miles that took them north to round Monaci island then back through the strait between the mainland and Isole delle Bisce island before heading homeward.

One the first day of racing Parsifal III was the fastest yacht in real time, finishing in just over 1 hour and 41 minutes however the 53.8-metre hull moved to second place on corrected time.

After todays results are announced it is likely that Panthalassa will have moved to the top of the list.

Sailing on Selene, we are crippled with a race handicap that sees us start in pursuit so long after the first boat that it is impossible for us to catch up and make a showing.

Today we even pinched top designer Bill Trip and had his expert help on the bridge acting as tactician to Captain Ben Duxberry but fared little better than yesterday.

That said we had by far the best time, a good lunch and the group of friends including other superyacht owners made it such great fun and that is what superyacht racing is all about