A fine summer of racing for the Claasen fleet has continued with Firefly and Lionheart triumphing in their respective divisions at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup regatta in Sardinia.
Firefly won the Supermaxi trophy after five days of fantastic racing and Lionheart was again crowned queen of the super-competitive J-class fleet.
Held on the stunning Costa Smeralda since 1980, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is one of the longest running and most popular highlights of the Mediterranean yachting season. This year’s silver jubilee edition attracted a large number of majestic Maxi yachts to Porto Cervo, including two beauties from Claasen Shipyards.
The brisk wind made for almost perfect racing conditions on Saturday for the exciting final day of a dramatic week for crew and yachts alike. As the first of the F-class yachts, Firefly was made events like this, winning four of the five races against her Supermaxi rivals Inoui and Viriella. Having already won the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in June, Sardinia is clearly a favourite spot for Firefly.
Wherever they have locked horns, the battle between the J-class boats has been incredibly close all season. The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup was no exception, which is why Lionheart‘s owner was delighted with this latest victory in Port Cervo. Having spent five days going head to head with Ranger, Rainbow and Velsheda, there was only one point between the first three at the end.
Claasen is building a Truly Classic 126 and a Truly Classic 90 in its yard in Zaandam (NL). These yachts will compete on the race circuit next summer!