The Hamburg "Y3K" with Claus-Peter Offen at the wheel sailed a solid race on Wednesday after the strong wind race from the day before in medium wind conditions and was only beaten by the smallest Wally 60 "Wallyno" (LucBassani / Italy). In the overall ranking, the German yacht ranks fourth in its class.
Them number one, however, was an unusual collision at the start on yesterday's regatta day. The maxi yachts "Alexia" and "Leopard of London", which are not in the same class but sail together in a group, got caught up so badly that the IRC super maxi "Leopard" from Michael Slade (England) at the IMS-Racer "Alexia" tore off the top of the mast, whereby two sailors, including the Argentine owner Alberto Roemmers, went overboard. The English also had to give up the regatt with severe mast damage.
Eyewitnesses saw the fateful situation as follows: About 30 seconds before the start of the IRC and IMS class, the "Alexia" had not yet set a new foresail, but wanted to enjoy one more after the other jib had broken. As a result, she only sailed with the mainsail, fairly upright, close to the wind and probably luffed the leeward of the "Leopard" when setting the foresail.
Shortly afterwards, the English yacht caught a gust of wind while bumping into a narrow gap between "Alexia" and the "IdeSAI" from Italy, lying on the windward overhead, from Italy. As a result, she lay diagonally and caught herself first with the mainsail and then with the significantly higher rig in the mast of the other party involved in the accident. It was pulled across the water by the swing of the "Leopard" at the top of the mast. The crew members went overboard, but were rescued shortly afterwards. The discussions began on the water and ended in the protest room of the organizing Yacht Club CostSmerald (YCCS) on land
Broken mast on "Alexia"
Jury chairman Gunter Persiehl from the Norddeutschen RegattVerein (NRV), who was lying in the jury boat in the middle of the accident and almost got involved in it, conducted a longer negotiation than originally expected. In the end, however, the decision was very clear: "'Leopard' should not have been allowed to drive into the gap and should have kept clear." This was proven not least by professional television pictures. The team was disqualified, while the "Alexia" is to receive compensation from the mean of the places one, two and one sailed up to then.
This means that they should have won the IMS class early. The official interim results were not yet available on Wednesday evening. Today's Thursday (September 11th) is the day of rest before the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup continues on Friday. The last race is scheduled for Saturday (September 13th).
Results of the 3rd race of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup:
Wally class 1. "Wallyno", Wally 60, LucBassani Antivari / Italy, 4: 18.342. "Y3K", Wally 94, Claus-Peter Offen / Hamburg, 4: 24.053. "Genie of the Lamp", Wally 77, Gianluc Vacchi / Italy, 4: 24.3
Jongert yachts and classics 1. "Whitefin", classic, Alfredo Canessa / Italy, 2: 39,142. "Adela", classic, George Lindemann / US2: 45.2
IMS and IRC class not yet released
Total result of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup after 3 races:
Wally class 1. "Wallyno" 5 points2. "Genie of the Lamp" 93. "Magic Carpet", Wally 94, Lindsay Owen-Jones / England 124. "Y3K" 1
Jongert yachts and classics 1. "Adela" 42. "Whitefin" 5