Rolex Capri Sailing Week concluded in ultra-close fashion in the racer division today. Alex Schaerer’s modified Maxi72 Caol Ila R knocked Sir Peter Odgen’s dominant Jethou off the top spot on the overall podium after she secured a second place in the last race as Jethou came home fourth.
This was so close that initially the Caol Ila R crew felt they had lost. As Schaerer explained: “It was tough because we needed one boat between us and Jethou in order to win. We were hopeful we could get Vesper between us but that didn’t work by 12 seconds. So then we said ‘that’s fine – Jethou did a good job this week – they won.’”
It was only when the time of Roberto Lacorte’s Mills Vismara 62 SuperNikka was corrected out, that it was found she had slipped into third, beaten by Caol Ila R by just two seconds. After discards were applied, Caol Ila knocked Jethou into second by 0.75 points with SuperNikka third, just 0.5 further astern after five races.
“Capri is a place I always love and it is good to come for regattas because it is not a place you go to the beach!” continued Schaerer, refuting the idea that sailing in Capri is typically a light wind affair.
“We’ve always had wind here. In the Volcano Race one year we had 55 knots!”
Of Rolex Capri Sailing Week International Maxi Association Secretary General Andrew McIrvine concluded: “This was a very special year as we’ve had both an excellent entry of fine maxi yachts rewarded with unusually helpful weather albeit colder at times than southern England! All three maxi divisions were hotly contested and enjoyed a wide variety of courses around this beautiful ‘fantasy’ island.”