Lack of wind puts a halt to racing at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia

The five crews competing in the Racing Division, the only ones that were meant to be sailing yesterday in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, were greeted by a dense curtain of low clouds, more rain and shifting winds.

This fleet was meant to re-sail Race One from Monday, while all the other divisions would be taking a breather from the intense racing. However, due to the complete lack of wind, at 1130 the Race Committee wisely decided to call off racing and postponed the re-sail of Race One to a later day.

While the crews were waiting onshore this morning, the International Jury – headed by Gunter Persihel from Germany – dealt with request for redress filed the previous day by Skandia, and pronounced it invalid for being filed out of time.

Skandia had been scored OCS in the previous day’s race and failed to followed the correct steps to absolve itself of the infringement. The Australian owner and helmsman Grant Wharington had subsequently filed a request for redress that evening, but failed to do so in time.

Racing for all divisions resumes today. The weather conditions are set to improve with sun and breeze increasing to 20-25kts for later in the day.