Four yachts enjoyed great conditions off Sardinia for the Dubois Cup

A fleet of Dubois-designed yachts gathered at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) from June 6-8 during the Dubois Cup 2009, a rally of racing superyachts designed by Dubois Naval Architects.

Six Dubois yachts gathered on the Porto Cervo dock (of which only four competed) and it was Ganesha who came through as the eventual winner.

On day one, the YCCS Race Committee, led by America’s Cup race officer Peter Reggio, set a course which took advantage of the steady 15-knot westerly breeze to send the four competing yachts from Porto Cervo upwind through the strait between Capo Ferro and the Isola della Bisce before rounding the Secca Tre Monti rock and heading north to Monaci island.

The quartet then embarked on a long leg south, passing Porto Cervo, much to the appreciation of spectators ashore, before rounding the tiny islet of Mortoriotto and heading for the finish line positioned in the Gulf of Pevero. After completing the 25 mile course, the 37 metre sloop Moonbird (CAY) claimed victory on corrected time while elapsed time victory went to Lang Walker’s Kokomo (AUS) which dropped to third behind the 39 metre fast cruising sloop Ganesha (MAL) on handicap.

With five to seven knots of westerly breeze over the 16-mile course on day two, the Dubois yachts raced south of Porto Cervo to the islands of Mortoriotto and Mortorio before returning north to the finish off the Gulf of Pevero. Adding a first-place finish on corrected time, Ganesha claimed the Dubois Cup 2009. She was followed in the overall classification by Moonbird and Kokomo who again was first home on day two before slipping to third on handicap.

“We’ve enjoyed beautiful weather, perfect organization and a wonderful family atmosphere. It has been the perfect backdrop really for the charity we are supporting, SPARKS, the children’s medical research charity. I look forward to seeing everyone back in the same venue for 2011.”

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