Eight trials in three days; the first two characterised by light breezes, whereas conditions on the third day – Sunday – were fantastic with sunshine and wind up to 16 knots and moderate seas. A meteorologically sparkling final for the last leg of the Persico 69F Cup at Puntaldia, in Sardegna, yesterday.
After the FlyingNikka team’s double podium last season – first place for FlyingNikka 47 and third for FlyingNikka 74, this circuit has given the team one less satisfaction this year. Perhaps because the performance level in this class, which was already very high, has grown even more with the arrival of yachtsmen from Olympic and America’s Cup classes. Perhaps also because with the start of preparation for the long-awaited Mini Maxi FlyingNikka, the team has naturally dedicated time and resources to this up and coming project.
The Puntaldia leg gave the two Repubblica Marinara di Pisa Yacht Club teams moments of significant experience, from the wonderful partial victory attained on Saturday by FlyingNikka47 – Roberto Lacorte at the helm, with Enrico Zennaro and Lorenzo Bressani – also nominated “boat speed of the day”.
In the end, after the eight trials, FlyingNikka47 concluded in fifth place, followed by FlyingNikka74 in sixth (Alessio Razeto, Lorenzo De Felice and Andrea Fornaro). Victory went to Young Azzurra, followed by Okalys Youth Project, ChinaOne NINGBO and Section 16.
Now the Persico 69F Cup 2021 is over, the FlyingNikka team begins a crucial phase in their project for the first Mini Maxi hydrofoil in the world, currently under construction in Valencia, at the King Marine boatyard.