The countdown has begun, and the wait is more and more anxious: really not long now to the competitive début of the FlyingNikka, planned for Monday in Porto Cervo, the first day of regattas in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2022. After an intensive programme of tests and training sessions between Valencia and Punta Ala, the first full foiling sailing boat in the Mini Maxi category will be taking part in the event reserved for the world’s largest and fastest boats, from 5 to 10 September, organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
This is the absolute first regatta for the world’s most awaited, admired and talked-about boat, the first example of a new generation of racers destined to leave their mark. And to revolutionise the very concept of offshore sailing.
A special participation, as the FlyingNikka, with IRC rating certificate, will join the new Mini Maxi 0 category, and will therefore enjoy the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup as an authentic “test event”, the first direct competition with other boats in the Maxi class.
The programme includes three days of coastal regattas (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) among the islands in the Maddalena archipelago, a day’s rest, followed by two more days of regattas, with the prize-giving ceremony planned for Saturday afternoon. On board, the boat’s team captained by Roberto Lacorte and with Alessio Razeto, Lorenzo Bressani, Enrico Zennaro, Andrea Fornaro and Lorenzo de Felice.
Meanwhile, FlyingNikka began sailing off the coast of Porto Cervo yesterday, and the tests will continue today and tomorrow, amidst the general amazement and admiration for what is, to all extents and purposes, the boat of the moment, a totally unique racer in terms of both shape and performance, able to reach speeds of over 30 knots…