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Update on maxi entries for RCSW 2020

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With more than 30 maxis pre-registered by the end of February, and with registration theoretically open until 12 April, the Maxi Yacht Capri Trophy – the new competition for maxi yachts within Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2020 - is already on track to break all past participation records.

Big news is the entry of the 100ft Comanche, in Capri for the very first time. The world’s fastest offshore monohull, which won line honours in last year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, will certainly be leading the fleet around the course in May. She has recently been acquired by Russian owners and will be sailed by a team led by Australian Olympic veteran Mitch Booth.

After missing last year’ edition Bella Mente (USA) is back, but this time with their latest 72ft Botin design, launched in 2018. By the time of Capri, owner Hap Fauth - who is a key backer of the American Magic challenge for the 36th America’s Cup - will also have experienced his first participation in sailing’s ultimate arena, with the first America’s Cup World Series event taking place in Cagliari, Sardinia at the end of April.

Bella Mente will be up against perennial Capri visitor, Sir Peter Ogden’s Maxi 77 Jethou, which finished a close second in class last year, plus Sorcha owned by Peter Harrison, who will be arriving fresh from the Les Voiles de Saint Barth-Richard Mille, which his company backs.

There will be a strong turn-out from Mylius Yachts, again racing for their Mylius Cup within the event. Aldo Parisotto’s Mylius 65 FD Oscar3 is returning to defend her title in this. However all eyes will be on Guido Paolo Gamucci's brand new 61ft Cippa Lippa X, the first yacht from Mylius Yachts fitted with a canting keel.

After a year’s hiatus, Carlo A. Puri Negri’s Atalanta II will be racing the Tre Golfi offshore. This follows Atalanta II’s victory in the 2017-2018 IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge.

Among the hot 60 footers both Peter Dubens’ Spectre and Marton Jozsa’s DSS-equipped Wild Joe are returning to Capri as is IMA president Benoît de Froidmont’s Wally 60 Wallyño - the “boat to beat” being winner of the inaugural IMA Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge in 2019.

For maxi owners looking for a wider challenge over the season, the Regata dei Tre Golfi is the second event – following last autumn’s Rolex Middle Sea Race – of the IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge 2019-2020. The remaining inshore and coastal racing at Rolex Capri Sailing Week form the first of six events in the 2020 IMA Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge.

Mon, 2 Mar 2020 © RolexCapriSailingWeek

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