Twenty-eight entries in Group 0, including the two challengers for last year’s line honours: Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’s Magic Carpet Cubed, a Wally 100, and Furio Benussi’s 100-foot Arca SGR.
After rounding the Giraglia islet 9” apart, the two yachts reached the Finish Line very close to each other, with the blue Wally eventually prevailing for a handful of minutes.
This year we shall have more line honours candidates, such as Roberto Lacorte’s Flying Nikka, a Mills 65, at her maiden offshore challenge, Galateia, a Wally 100, Bullit, a Wally 93, Leopard 3, a Farr 100, and Drifter Cube, a Swan 98.
Under the spotlight will be Pigi Loro Piana’s My Song, a ClubSwan 80: completed her first season of training and fine-tuning, her speed and light displacement may make her a serious contender for the top spot in this long race.
In addition to the bigger boats, we shall have racers and cruiser-racers of all sizes and characteristics, making virtually all of them possible contenders for victory on handicap depending on the prevailing weather conditions, ever an unpredictable factor in a 241nm-long race. Amongst them we note the JPKs, the Kers (last year Lisa R, a Ker 46, won overall on handicap), the Cookson 50s, the ever-fast TP52s (three entries thus far: Red Bandit, Jolt 3 and Arobas, which scored third place IRC last year).