The J class race for the Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup was a keenly contested race and the final and the deciding race saw Lionheart wade of the tough challenge offered by Velshada. The race took place at the 4-shaped course on the Smeralda Coast. Lionheart retained the Corinthian king’s Cup and by achieving this win, winning four races in a row. That was a remarkable race by Lionheart crew.
The result of the race was decided at the start of the race. Lionheart came out of their starting blocks with guns blazing and good speed, and looked all set to win the first prize of a week’s Dubrovnik Yacht Charter. They got one length ahead of arch rival Velshada at the first cross itself. From there on, the Lionheart team just had to plug away and do not commit any mistakes. This is what they did and sailed on to finish in the first position.
Lionheart’s tactician Bouwe Bekking was very happy that the owners have done a fine job of driving this whole week. The score was tied at 2-2 before the deciding race of the long regatta and Lionheart was able to win the final duel on count back.
Tod Dodson, the Lionheart tactician, said that the team wanted to keep it tight till the end of the race. There were times during the race when the team went a bit quicker. He said that he was happy to see Lionheart do well and enjoy the sailing that they showcased at the Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup. The team is now looking forward to repeating the show and showcasing a good performance at Saint Tropez.