Following the footsteps of “Karibu, Oyster 885–02” last year, "Maegan, Oyster 825-03" had the fleet in Porto Cervo watching closely and commenting on her surprising speed in day one of the Loro Piana Superyacht regatta. With the new ORCsy 2015 handicap rule being globally adopted for the Superyacht regattas, these events now create great opportunity for Oyster owners to take part. This much fairer rule allows medium to heavy displacement yachts to race competitively against lighter, carbon hull high performance yachts – Class A proved this yesterday with the 400 tonne Perini Clan VIII taking second in her class ahead of highly tuned class competitors.
Running pursuit race formats, Maegan started the 18 mile course, 18mins ahead of “Blues”, a Southern Wind 100 (the second yacht in the starting sequence) and nearly 30 minutes ahead of Nahita – a carbon lightweight built by Wally yachts.
Racing in very varied winds shifting from 5 –12 knots and from due West to due East, the first day presented many challenges and Maegan just slipped to 4th in Class C by 4 seconds overtaken by Gaia – a Spirit 100 built close to Oyster’s operations in East Anglia – who started 27 minutes behind Maegan.
All Oyster yachts over 80ft are welcomed in these Superyacht Regatta’s and David Tydeman secured the enthusiastic agreement of Mr Per-Luigi Loro Piana that he would welcome an Oyster Class within the event next year if we come with enough yachts. With 32 built to date of Oyster 82’s, 825’s, 885’s, 100’s and 125, that's a challenge we surely can meet!
To see the highlights of Race One, including some superb footage of Maegan on the water, please click here: http://bit.ly/1ALbldc