This year’s Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship was held September 11th, off Port Cerco in conjunction with the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. This years race was the closest in its history with the top four racers finishing within only 4 points of each other.
The overall winner was Germany’s Dieter Schon and the Crew of the Momo. Going into the last day of the race, the Momo had a lead of 2.75 points, and finishing out the day they won with a lead of just 1 point over second place Dario Ferrari and his Cannonball.
After last year, Schon and his crew made many small improvements to Momo to increase her racing speed, which they attribute their win to.
Many of the races on the final day were raced windward-leeward, adding to the challenge for the crews. The defending champion Bella Menta won the 1st race of the final day, with George Sakellaris’ Proteus winning the second in a strong 17-knot wind.
Strong winds kept up for much of the final day, with Sir Peter Ogden in his Vrolijk 72 Jothou completing a perfect scorecard in the Mini Maxi race-also in 17 knots of wind.
In the Wally class, Internation Maxi Association President Thomas Bscher and his Wally 107 Open Season received their 2nd Bullet, but it was David Leuschen with his Galateia that stole first place with a flawless sail.
The overall Maxi winner was Sir Irvine Laidlaw’s Highland Fling XL, and the overall Super Maxi winner was 33M Win Win-even after the crew had a rough start. In an exciting race, the winner in the Mini Maxi Class was the 2015 winner Roberto Lacorte and his Vismara 62. His race was neck and neck until he negotiated the transition three miles away from the finish of the race-securing the lead by 2 full points.
Overall, the 2017 Rolex Msxi 72 World Championship was an exciting event with strong crews and favorable conditions. The association hopes to keep growing the event and wishes to see even more boats entered next year.