P2 and Silencio take first day’s honours at Perini Navi Cup
by Malcolm MacLean
The first day of the Perini Navi Cup in Porto Cervo yesterday proved an exciting time for participants and spectators. The first race of the event was dominated by the 38m performance cruising sloop P2, which crossed the finish line with a comfortable lead, while the 50m Silencio claimed victory in corrected time.
Light winds of approximately eight knots accompanied the fleet on a coastal course of approximately 13 miles that saw them cross the starting line off Porto Cervo bound for the Secca Tre Monti rock. After rounding the rock the sailing superyachts headed upwind to round the Secca delle Bisce before racing to the finish off the Gulf of Pevero.
America's Cup sailor Dawn Riley was pleased with the teamwork aboard Silencio, ‘We won today, well done to all! I am the tactician on board, and the entire crew did really well today, they were perfect. This is my third Perini Navi Cup and you have to know how to sail these boats, everything is so big. The owner said he wanted to get just one podium finish so I guess we did that! I just hope we can keep it up now.'
Third place went to the 52m Tamsen, racing in the event with a crew of almost 60 friends and family members.