Inoui crowned winner at Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta

WallyCento V takes the top spot in the Combined Performance & Cruising Class

Porto Cervo, 10th June 2023. On the fourth and final day of the Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta, the forecast breeze failed to arrive on the race course. As the expected westerly wind did not materialise in the late morning, the Race Committee postponed the start for both the Superyacht and Southern Wind divisions several times, right up until 1.30 p.m., when the Committee Boat was forced to signal that there would be no further racing.

The classification remained, therefore, unchanged compared to yesterday, with Inoui, a 108-footer owned by Switzerland’s Marco Vogele, claiming the Silver Jubilee Cup, reserved for the winner in the Superyacht Cruising Class. In second place, just two points behind, was the Baltic 108 Win Win, and in third place – four points behind the victor – was the 33-metre Pattoo. Marco Vogele also took home the YCCS Trophy for the top-scoring member of the Club in the event.

Chris Main, tactician on Inoui: “We had very close racing between us, Pattoo and Win Win, in the Cruising Class all three races were decided by just a few seconds, which made everything much more fun. Today we felt we had the chance to win the Combined Class as well, where we were second, on equal points with V, but racing wasn’t possible.”

With the WallyCento V and Inoui sitting on equal points in the Combined Performance & Cruising Class, the tie was broken on countback. With two races won, V therefore triumphed over Inoui, with Win Win in third place, two points behind.

Ben Bartlett, owner’s representative on V: “We’ve had a fantastic week with excellent weather conditions and surprising results for us. As the first regatta for this new programme we weren’t expecting amazing things, our main focus was on building a new team and looking ahead to the next events this year. The win was an unexpected bonus.”

In the Southern Wind division, no classifications were drawn up, in recognition of the non-competitive spirit of the Rendez-vous. At the awards ceremony, the CCO of the shipyard, Andrea Micheli, and Commercial Manager Jeremy Peek presented prizes to the SW94 Aragon for the best manoeuvres, Sørvind for the best start and Egiwave for having most fully embraced the spirit of the Southern Wind Rendez-vous. In addition, the SW100 #01 Starfall was presented with a special award in memory of Willy Persico, founder of the Southern Wind shipyard.

As part of the pathway to making its events increasingly sustainable, the YCCS has obtained the Clean Regattas Gold level certification issued by Sailors for the Sea for the Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta. Among the actions implemented to achieve this goal, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda employed MarkSetBot robotic buoys, which hold their position thank to an electric motor working in tandem with a GPS system, eliminating the need for anchors on the seabed.

YCCS Commodore Michael Illbruck: “On the basis of our common values, together with Giorgio Armani we have plans to create a superyacht event that is even better than what we have achieved to date. I would like to thank the owners and crews, and everyone else who made this edition of the Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta possible.”

The next regatta scheduled will be The Nations Trophy – Swan One Design from 19th to 24th June.

For further information, results, entry list, programme, press release, photos please visit the YCCS website.

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