Competition at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup got underway today under bright blue skies and sufficient breeze to get the maxis off the start line cleanly. Singularity was in the first starting group of the day, launching off the line at 11.35 at the committee boat end. It was the perfect start for the Bouwe Bekking led racing crew.

Stepping ashore at the end of the thirty-nautical mile race that tracked outside the Maddelena archipelago to a top mark formed by the rocky outcrop of Barrettinelli di Fuori before returning to Porto Cervo inside the island chain, Bekking talked about the day: “ we had a very good day. Conditions were very tricky, but we had a fantastic start winning it, which is a good thing. The wind slowly started to increase and the big boat just disappeared. Highland Fling had the heels on us too and was very well sailed. But that’s the point of this week, figuring out the boat. The really good thing is that we executed our manoeuvres well and did not make any obvious mistakes.”

“The first part of the race was light. Then there was a big right-hand swing, followed by a big left-hand swing. Once we were past Monaci it became very stable and it was a fair race from there on. All points of sail are good for Singularity, but downwind is always nice because you make big mileage in no time. We were doing about 14…15 knots on the run and it’s always very pleasant to go nearly as fast as the wind.”

“Tomorrow will be a different scenario weather-wise, with the wind south-easterly. It is all pretty frontal and it looks like there is some nasty weather coming!”

Singularity is racing in the 6-boat Maxi Division comprising Racing and Racing/Cruising Maxis between 24 and 30.50-metres in length. She is the smallest boat in class, but second fastest according to her handicap rating of 1.652. Tomorrow, Tuesday, she will take part in another coastal course in and around the islands of the Maddelena archipelago.

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