Momo Captures 2017 Rolex Maxi 72 World Yachting Championships
The 2017 Rolex Maxi 72 World Yachting Championships were held off of Puerto Certo, Italy and in the end it was the German skipper Dieter Schon and his crew of the Momo who captured the title. This years contest was run in conjunction with the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the competition ended up being the closest ever run.
Heading into the final day of the contest, Schon and Momo held a slim 2.75 point lead over the second place hull in Cannonball that was captained by Dario Ferrari. The two yachts went neck and neck on that last day and in the end it was Momo coming out on top by a single point. The top four entrants in the competition were only separated by two points.
Schon was nothing but joy after the grueling contest.
‘We feel really good and we are really happy and proud to win here finally. After last season we improved a lot of details in our boat and as a team. Very small things multiply to make you quicker’ said Schon afterwards.
All of the classes that run this year in the Rolex Maxi 72 World Yachting Championships faced strong winds but also was able to compete against windward-leeward conditions in some cases. International Maxi Association President Thomas Bscher added that the ‘week was fabulous with very good conditions. Strong winds, no swell, no waves. There was a little room for improvement on the organization side and we are trying to support the officials because we want people to come back and we want to increase the number of boats’.
Some of the other trophies that were awarded were the Commodore Alberini Perpetual Trophy which went to Will Apold who is the owner of the Sorceress and awards to the top scoring IMA members. The Momo was awarded the Maxi 72 Overall trophy. In the Wally class, David Leuschen’s Galateia took first place.