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Day three of the Monaco #swanonedesign, hosted by the #yacht Club de Monaco, delivered two races of strikingly different conditions. The consistent 10 – 12 knots from the southwest in the first was in stark contrast to the decreasing, rapidly shifting, breeze in the second. What was unchanged between the two contests was the proximity of competition across the three classes. Mark roundings were tight, leads fiercely defended, mistakes costly and victories hard fought. At the end of the day, the leaders in class are: Leonardo Ferragamo's #clubswan50 Cuordileone (ITA), Luis Senis' #swan45 Porron IX and Lorenzo Mondo's #clubswan42 Far Star. And, in The Nations Trophy contest, Italy remains firmly in control.
Today's individual race winners were Andrea Masi's Ulika (ITA) and August Schram's Stella Maris (AUT) in #clubswan50. In #swan45 and #clubswan42, the respective class leaders – Porron IX and Far Star - scored double bullets.
The first race of the day appeared to catch some off guard. Skorpios seemed to have nailed the start at the pin end only to find themselves over early, having to return and re-cross. In the ensuing game of catch up, early gains were thrown away on the final leg, with the Russian crew – winners of the first race of the regatta - finishing last.
Equally, Cuordileone, Stella Maris and Mathilde (Switzerland) initially looked behind the curve, virtually stuck the wrong side of the Committee Boat when the gun went for the start. It is to the credit and commitment of the crews, and the talents of their tacticians, in turn, Ken Read, Nico Delle Karth and Iker Martinez, that all three extricated themselves and were, respectively, third, fourth and fifth at the end.
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