The second leg saw a reaching course and the Maximus crew managed to catch up before the boats were frustratingly becalmed as they drifted around the race marker by the land, watched by over 320,000 spectators. The fickle breeze however hit Alfa Romao 2 first and another local breeze took pity on local Italian MaxiJena to pip Maximus from second position and give the despondent Kiwi and Italian crew third place.
“After securing a beautiful start, we were not able to stop Alfa Roma 2 from slipping away. We hit the line together, but she was to windward” said Lorenzo Bodini, Skipper and Helmsman for the race. “We were all three very close to the mark near Miramare due to the dead calm and we choice to sail further out at sea where the gusts were stronger. Then we duelled with Maxi Jena until the end in a sort of match race. It’s a pity because if the wind had been steadier we would have done better.”
With crew now itching for a victory, they’ll raring to get away from racing around the cans and to show their dominance off shore at the Rolex Middle Sea Race – the last regatta in the northern hemisphere - before heading home and the challenge of the Rolex Sydney Hobart.
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