Monaco (March 3rd, 2017) – The weather Gods delivered in Monaco with big rolling waves, unsettled winds and a low layer of storm clouds to set the mood for drama on the racecourse. In the shadows of the Monagesque mountains, six M32 catamarans fought out at close quarters in a seven-race day.
“Shifts across the racecourse and many wind holes made it difficult to pick a side on splits.” Reflected Day 1 winner Riccardo Simoneschi. “I have to admit, there was some luck involved.”
A humble response from the man who would win the entire M32 Monaco Winter Series if the result stands as is. The Italian is not looking to the series win yet and went on to say, “We will go out to have fun and try to win every single race. We will wait until Sunday and see what happens with the series.”
Swiss team Section 16 arrived late to the series, but as champions of the M32 Series Mediterranean the expectations were high. The team delivered. A run of second place finishes and a win put them in second overall for Day 1. Skipper Richard Davies commented on the boat’s performance in the demanding conditions, “So long as the crew work hard on the trimming as you duck the waves then the boat handles the chop fantastically. These are great conditions for the M32.”
The leaderboard is not reflective of how close the mid-fleet battle was. Flux Team and Candidate Sailing Team had many close crosses, jostling for lead positions. Neverland also got tangled up with Flux Team, forcing a penalty on the Swedes. Johnie Berntsson, skipper of Flux Team, has a full crew with a lot of M32 sailing experience and even a double gybe penalty couldn’t hold them back from winning race 5.
Tomorrow’s forecast is for 25+ knots so teams will be pushed to their limits. Experience and crew strength may shine through. Racing is scheduled to start at 12:00 CET.