RTYC Younger Members at the Rolex Maxi World Cup: Days 3 & 4


Day 3
Our third day of racing was characterised by a shifty northerly breeze of around 10 knots. Again, the Wallys, J Class, Maxi and Super maxi classes were set a long coastal course through the Maddelena archipelago. 
Another excellent start meant Highland Fling was able to gain the initial advantage up the first beat. After rounding the first windward mark and reaching across to a spreader we hoisted the spinnaker. As the yachts progressed up the channel the wind became increasingly shifty and uncertain which led to plenty of activity on the bow with regular sail changes. In contrast to the previous day's racing, we had the advantage of the Wally class starting ahead of us. They therefore provided us with an indication of wind holes and bends up ahead, which the tactician and navigator were able to use to their advantage.
After rounding Spargi island the fleet made their way back down on a close reach and headed for the finish line. Highland Fling completed the 31 mile race in a time of 3hr 04mins taking first place on corrected time by a margin of just over 5 minutes.
Day 4 - Lay Day

The crews were given a well deserved break with 2 more days of racing to go on Friday and Saturday.
The Highland Fling crew were invited to join Lord Laidlaw on board his motor yacht, Seaflower for a relaxing day of fun and watersports.  It was a fantastic and memorable day, and we are now fully rested for the last 2 days of the regatta.

Emily Parker and William Jackson

Photo By: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi