August 17, 2017

The boat from Saint-Tropez Nautic Society places herself first in the Formula 1 general ranking after two races. Cippino, Corsaro II and Orion lead their classes.

The bay of Palma offered today its best version for the opening of the XXIII Illes Balears Clàssics regatta, where the best classic and vintage fleet gather in Club de Mar-Mallorca. A thermic breeze perfectly steady in 220º, with an intensity between 10 and 13 knots allowed the celebration of two sets of windward/leeward courses in the 15-meter class, where the classic sailing pure breed compete, a coastal race of 13 miles for Classics, Vintage and RI Classics.

Mariska was the undisputed leader in this first day. The Saint Tropez vessel, captained by Benjamin Redreau, lead with authority in the two sets against The Lady Anne, sailing for the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC). In the first, she won by 35 seconds and in the other the advantage increased to 1 minute and 45 seconds.

Hispania, a vessel that used to belong to Spanish King Alfonso XIII, and Tuiga, flagship of the Yacht Club Monaco (third and forth in both races, as well as in the general), sailed far from the leading positions. The Mariska team proved to be the best coordinated, which showed in all maneouvres. The 15-meter class race in real time and the crew work makes the difference. Their courses went in front of Palma's cathedral, although a little far from shore due to the wind direction.

"It was a great day for Mariska, all the crew did two great races and we had great wind conditions. We have been training here three days and have worked hard to get to the level we are at", said Seb Audigane, Mariska's tactic.