Wally Trophy standings after three regattas

15 September 2016

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup confirmed the strong leadership of Open Season, the defending champion of the Wally Trophy: after the third of the four regattas of the Wally Class calendar, the Wally 107 stretched her lead and now is 16,5  points ahead of Lyra and  27,5 points ahead  of J One.

At the end of the season, the Wally Class Trophy is awarded to the winner of the series, determined using the high point scoring system.
This system rewards the results according to the number of participants: the higher the participation, the higher the score because the competition is stronger.
The Wally with the highest number of points wins the Wally Trophy.

Stay tuned for the next regatta, the Voiles de Saint Tropez, to be held September 26-October 2, where the Wally Class will have a 16-yacht record fleet!

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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2016

11 September 2016

Porto Cervo, Italy -  52 boats made the record-sized fleet of the world’s largest performance yachts gathered in Porto Cervo, Italy from 4th to 10th September,  for the 27th  Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, impeccably organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the International Maxi Association (IMA), and sponsored in great style by Rolex.  
The biggest division was once again the Wally Class, aligning 13 yachts on the starting line including the latest wallycento Galateia, at her Mediterranean racing debut. The rest of the fleet was made up of the defending champion Open Season, the other wallycento  Magic Carpet Cubed, the experienced and trophy serial winner Y3K,  the truly Corinthian Kenora, the two 94-footers Galma and Sensei -featuring a new sail plan with square-head main, and the six highly competitive 80-footers J One, Lyra, Nahita, Ryokan 2, Tango G, and Tilakkhana.

The difficult weather conditions throughout the week challenged the organisers who anyhow managed to complete the seven scheduled races for the Wally Class. 
Big conditions in the first day proved too big: the 30-35 knots of mistral wind forced the organisers  to abandon racing on the opening day of competition.
Luca Bassani, President of the Wally Class, supported this choice: “If you sail in up to 25 knots, that is reasonable. If you had the right sails to sail in 35-40 knots you could do it, but if you don’t have those sails, then there is no point…”.
The next day got underway successfully, albeit in left-over waves of alpine proportions, kicked up overnight. The Wallys sailed two windward-leewards in lumpy conditions off Porto Cervo. At the start time the wind was down to 20 knots and continually dropped from then on.
The Wally 107 Open Season had a great event overture winning both races: two excellent starts helped them to take the lead, while a flawless crew work did the rest. Lyra and J One came in second and third respectively in the first race, Tango G and Magic Carped Cubed second and third in the second WL.
Sadly for a second day, conditions proved too brisk for racing in 30-35 knots of the much feared Grecale NE wind that in Costa Smeralda raises a huge dangerous sea: truly storm conditions! 
The competition resumed on day 4, with two short coastal courses scheduled for the Wally Class, but the breeze diminished and only one could be sailed.
Open Season impressively scored a three out of three winning also the third race and confirmed her lead in the overall standings. Y3K came in second and Galma third Unfortunately a start line collision between the two Wallycentos, resulted in a damage to Galateia forcing her to withdraw from the regatta.  
The next day racing kicked off in a welcome 15 knot northerly, which subsequently dropped and became shifty putting the tacticians under pressure. The Wally Class completed two short coastal courses of 18-nm each, that were won by Y3K and Tango G. In the first race Open Season fiercely battled stern to bow with Magic Carpet Cubed, and they finished second and third respectively. In the second coastal J One took the second place, and Lyra the third, while Open Season collected the eight place that became their discard to keep the overall lead.
In the last day, in 9-11 knots of northerly breeze the Wallys sailed two windward-leewards, decisive for the final standings because none of the positions were secured yet. The first one was Open Season triumph: the Wally 107 did the perfect race and took both the race and the Trophy. Lyra was second and Magic Carpet Cubed third.
The final race determined an upturning in the final podium: J One won and climbed up from fourth to second, while Tango G slipped to third, and Lyra was left empty-handed.

Congratulations to the winning team and to all the participants for a memorable event.

The Wally Class largest fleet ever meet up in two weeks at the beautiful Les Voiles de Saint Tropez (September 26-October 2), where 16 yachts are expected: follow the live racing in this web site and with the Wally Class app available in both the Apple and Play stores!

General Results Wally Division:
1. Open Season 13 p.
2. J One (winner Group 80) 23 p.
3. Tango G (80) 24 p.
4. Y3K 26 p.
5. Lyra 26 p.
6. Nahita 30 p.
7. Ryokan 2 (winner group 2) 36 p.
8. Magic Carpet Cubed 39 p.
9. Galma  41 p.
10. Sensei 45 p.
11. Tilakkhana (80) 52,5 p.
12. Kenora  (2) 67,5  p. 
13. Galateia 84 p.

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Wally Trophy standings after two regattas

12 June 2016

The Wally Class competition is very high both on the water and for the annual trophy!
Midway of the racing season, when two of the four regattas of the Wally Class calendar are completed (Gaastra Palmavela and Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta), Open Season leads the Wally Trophy standings only by 3,5  points ahead of Lyra and  4 points ahead of Magic Blue.

At the end of the season, the Wally Class Trophy is awarded to the winner of the series, determined using the high point scoring system.
This system rewards the results according to the number of participants: the higher the participation, the higher the score because the competition is stronger.
The Wally with the highest number of points wins the Wally Trophy.

Stay tuned for the next regatta, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, to be held in Porto Cervo after the summer cruising, September 4-10, where the Wally Class is the largest division of the event, aligning 13 yachts on the starting line!

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Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2016

11 June 2016

Porto Cervo, Italy – The Wally  Class calendar of this year included the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, held in Porto Cervo 7-11 June and impeccably organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. In this event of super yachting celebration both on the water and ashore, the 12-strong Wally fleet was the largest division of the regatta. 
The starting line aligned the top duellists wallycento Magic Carpet Cubed and 107-foot Open Season, the 107-foot full cruising equipped Kenora, the 100-foot Y3K at her seasonal debut, the 94-foot couple Magic Blue and Galma,  and the large 80-foot group including the Gaastra Palmavela winner J One, Lyra, Nahita, Ryokan 2, Tango G, Tilakkhana.
Six races were scheduled over four days, two coastal courses among the breathtaking  Costa Smeralda islands, and four WL races.

On the first racing day the highly competitive Wally Class was sent to a 27,55-nm costal course in 14-16 knots of breeze, up to Spargi Island through the La Maddalena channel, and back down outside the archipelago.  After a thrilling start, the fleet entered the channel and spread around. Magic Carpet Cubed had an excellent start and was always in control of her direct rival Open Season. After La Maddalena rounding, Open Season separated from the leader to find a better wind, without much success. Magic Carpet Cubed increased her lead and finished first both in real and corrected times by a considerable margin. The rest of the fleet raced at the highest level too, with great performance of  Magic Blue and Ryokan 2 that finished second and third respectively.
The evening was highlighted by the glamorous Owners’ dinner at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, featuring a music performance by the pianist Dimitri Naiditch followed by a three Michel star dinner by Italian chef Nico Romito.

The unstable wind of the second day forced the race committee to cancel the two scheduled WLs after a long wait on the water. The frustrations of the missed racing day were replaced by the great day three with a 23,4-nm coastal course and one WL completed.
Magic Carpet Cubed won the coastal race after establishing an important early lead over their bigger 107ft rival Open Season well before the top of the first beat to Monaci. But Open Season then responded with a near faultless windward-leeward to beat Lyra, the Wally 77, to second and Magic Carpet Cubed to third. After three races Magic Carpet Cubed leads the Wally standings by two points.
The first beat to Monaci was decisive for the Wally class. The breeze gently filled from the right and Magic Carpet Cubed going right early were well positioned to profit, so leading Open Season down a reach in soft airs to Tre Monti, then east out of Bomb Alley and were only passed by the most leeward turn at Mortoriotto and Soffi with Open Season crossing the finish line one minute and 43 seconds ahead of Magic Carpet Cubed, correcting to a win by one minute and 17 seconds, and winning the Gino Bossi Trophy bestowed to the best Wally in the combined coastal courses.
Right after the arrival of the whole fleet, the race committee gave the start of the WL race a light 6-7kts breeze. Lyra made a clean start at the boat end and earned a nice lane of clean air, away from the main traffic. Open Season lead Magic Carpet Cubed at the top mark and extended to win but Lyra hung in for second, splitting the two bigger boats.
Such a great day on the water was crowned by the awesome sunset party at the breathtaking location of Phi Beach, gathering owners and crews in a lively and relaxed atmosphere.

The morning of the final decisive was not promising at all with no wind and super-hot summer temperatures that obliged the race committee to hoist the AP flag ashore. The fleet “docked out” later than scheduled after a short wait. The Wally fleet witnessed a head-to-head battle of the giants between Open Season and Magic Carpet Cubed that went to the wire over two final windward leeward races. The first circuit in 6-knot breeze saw an incredible tie between the two, corrected out to the same second after handicap. But on the deciding race in 8-10 knots of wind Open Season clinched the Class win with a crucial victory while Magic Carpet Cubed – which has led the regatta since the start – scored a fourth to drop to second, one single point behind their German flagged rivals on aggregate.
Lyra completed the Wally Class podium finishing third overall and first of the Group 80 division: her best performance of the season so far. Ryokan 2 confirmed the great improvements shown in Palma, and won the Group 2 division.

Congratulations to the winners and to all the competitors!

The Wally Class racing  will resume after the summer cruises, with the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup regatta to be held in Porto Cervo, from 4 to 10 September. The new wallycento Galateia will join the fleet: stay tuned, follow the live racing in this web site and with the Wally Class app!

General Results Wally Division:
1. Open Season 8 p.
2. Magic Carpet Cubed 9 p.
3. Lyra (80) 13 p.
4. Magic Blue 15 p.
5. Nahita (80) 20 p.
6. Tango G (80) 21 p.
7. Ryokan 2 (2) 23 p.
8. Y3K 24 p.
9. Galma 28 p.
10. J One (80) 30 p.
11. Tilakkhana (80) 43 p.
12. Kenora (2) 47 p.

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Gaastra Palmavela 2016

8 May 2016

Palma de Mallorca, Spain –Much awaited like always, is the usual season opening of the Wally Class at Gaastra Palmavela, organised by the Real Club Nautico from 4 to 8 May.
11 Wallys on the starintg line, the record participation FOR this event that was at its 13th edition.
Most of the boats were optimised during the winter, and everybody was anxious to test the improvements on the water. Many novelties also in the crews, making all the teams exceptionally fierce, increasing the level of the competition.

As usual the Wally Class was the largest, most competitive and most appealing division of the regatta. The focused WAS on the duellists wallycento Magic Carpet Cubed and Open Season, the number one seed after her glorious 2015 season, that last year offered a great show of very close match-racing. The one in between WAS Magic Blue that together with Galma represented the 94 –foot couple.
The 80-foot group WAS very large counting six yachts on the starting line (J One, Nahita, Lyra, Ryokan 2, Tango G, Tilakkhana)  for a very fierce battle.  The fleet was completed by the faithful super Corinthian Kenora.

Palma welcomed the racers offering an instable weather, that was very different from the usual situation of the Balearic island: the low pressure prevented the regular sea breeze to fill in. Despite this instability of the wind, the organisers managed to complete all the six scheduled races: four WL and two costal courses, with a wind from 8 to 15 knots blowing from different directions.

This instability, combined with the high competition, produced great uncertainty and continuous overturning in the race results and in the standings: five different winners in six racers and the final winner was decided only in the last leg of the last race! J One jumped from the fourth position she had before the sixth race, to winning the series. Similarly Ryokan 2 went from the fifth to the second position while Magic Blue managed to keep her third place.  At the same time, Open Season was leading after the fifth race and finished fourth…
The balanced competition is reflected also in some race results where two boats were tied with exactly the same corrected time: in race 1 both Open Season and Magic Blue won while Nahita and Tango G were tied in sixth place, and in race 5 Galma and Tango G were tied in seventh place!
The same closeness is in the final standing score: only one point separates the first from the second classifieds, and one and half point between the first and the third!
Successful debut of the Wally Class app, that was largely and effectively used by all the competitors to monitor live their performance in corrected time compared to their direct competitors.

The next rendezvous of the Wally Class is the Loro Piana Superyacht Regata, to be held in Porto Cervo, from the 7th to 11th of June. Y3K will join the Wally Class  that will count  12 yachts!
Stay tuned.
Stay tuned, follow the live racing in this web site and with the Wally Class app!

General Results Wally Division:
1. J One (80) 15 p.
2. Ryokan (2) 16 p.
3. Magic Blue 16,5 p.
4. Lyra (80) 18 p.
5. Open Season 19,5 p.
6. Nahita (80)  23,5 p.
7. Magic Carpet Cubed 28 p.
8. Tango G (80) 28 p.
9. Galma 33,5 p.
10. Tilakkhana (80) 44 p.
11. Kenora (2) 52 p.

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Wally Class 2015 racing series results

5 October 2015

Saint Tropez, France – Open Season is the 2015 series champion: winning three events out of four, the beautifully fast Wally 107 was convincingly crowned winner of the Wally Trophy.

The 2015 calendar included four events (Gaastra Palmavela, Menorca Maxi, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Les Voiles de Saint Tropez), and recorded the highest number of participants since the founding of the Division in 1999.
In a crescendo of entries, from the 9 in Gaastra Palmavela to the 12 in Menorca Maxi, the 13 in Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and up to the 15 in Les Voiles de Saint Tropez, the competition got tougher and tougher. In fact, the Wally Trophy is assigned using the high point scoring system, that rewards the results according to the number of participants: the highest the participation, the tougher the completion therefore the highest the score. The Wally with the highest number of points in each of the three different categories (overall, group 80, group 2) wins the relevant Wally Trophy, reserved to the yachts participating in at least three events of the official calendar.

This year the Wally Class welcomed three new competitors, all in the 80-foot size: Lyra, Nahita and Tilakkhana, and celebrated the 20th anniversary of Genie of the Lamp, the yacht that gave birth to this exclusive Wally club!

Since the first event Gaastra Palmavela, the much awaited Open Season showed impressive performance confirming the success of the technical refit carried out during the winter. Her relentless winning pace went on throughout out the first three regattas, and culminated in a crushing victory of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.
During the season, she crossed the finish line ahead of the fleet in 19 races out of 23,  and totalled 208 points, the highest score of the seasonal ranking that bestows the Wally Trophy. Second classified overall is J One with 180 points and third, by one point only, is Magic Carpet Cubed with 179 points.
The winner of group 80 is J One, while the winner of group 2 is Ryokan 2.
Congratulations to winning teams and to all the competitors of this incredible racing season!

The confirmed 2016 calendar includes the same four regattas of 2015: Gaastra Palmavela (May 4-8), Menorca Maxi (May 25-29), Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (September 5-10), and Les Voiles de Saint Tropez (September 25-October 2).

Arrivederci on the starting line on May 5 in Palma!

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Les Voiles de Saint Tropez 2015

4 October 2015

Saint Tropez, France – Les Voiles de Saint Tropez is undoubtedly the world’s grandest yachting festivity and every year the magic of this sailing celebration fascinates even the habitués.
Once again, from September 27 to October 4, the spectacle was breathtaking: over 300 boats in a unique mix of classic and modern, filled the bay of the iconic French fishing village.

The Wally Class aligned 15 yachts on the starting line, the record fleet ever since the class was founded 16 years ago, and the regatta largest division of super yachts. In addition, Wally was on the spotlight for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Genie of the Lamp, the 80 footer that marked the evolution of yacht design, and still is a contemporary beauty.

This year edition of the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez was characterised by tough weather conditions that challenged the participants facing high seas, heavy rain, and medium-strong winds, while forcing the organisers to cancel two days of racing in a row.
Nevertheless, at the end of the week the Wally division, with its own race committee, completed five races (versus only three of the other modern divisions!), allowing the competitors to discard the worst result.  As usual in the Wally Class, the fight was so high and tight that the winner, Magic Blue, was decided only in the last race!

In the first day, two Windward/Leeward courses were raced: Magic Blue won the first, Tango G the second, while Y3K, finishing fourth and second respectively,  took the lead of the general standings.
After three days of forced rest, the racing resumed with a 25-mile costal course under pouring heavy rain. It was Genie of the Lamp day: to honour the yachting genius, the winners of the day were awarded the exclusive Trophies expressly created by the artist Laurence Jenkell. Magic Carpet Cubed won the overall classification, J One the group 80 and Inti the group 2. The prize giving took place during a memorable party organised by Genie’s Owners in their private residence of Saint Tropez, to celebrate the 20th birthday of their yacht with friends and guests of the top yachting community.
On the last day, the Wally race committee managed to complete two races: one Windward/Leeward, and one coastal with a double victory of  Magic Blue. The two wins crowned Magic Blue winner of the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez 2015 Wally Class.
Magic Blue was also awarded with the BMW Trophy dedicated to the winner of the Wally Class.  
J One won the group 80, and Inti the group 2.
Congratulations to the winners and to all the teams!

The Les Voiles de Saint Tropez ended the Wally Class racing season.
Next year calendar starts with Gaastra Palmavela, from 4 to 8 May, 2016.
Stay tuned for more updates!

General Results Wally Division:
1. Magic Blue 6 p.
2. Y3K 12 p. 
3. Open Season 15 p.
4. Galma 17 p.
5. J One (80) 20 p.
6. Tango G (80) 23 p.
7. Inti (2) 25 p.
8. Ryokan 2 (2) 28 p.
9. Lyra (80) 29 p.
10. Magic Carpet Cubed 30 p.
11. Nahita (80) 30,5 p.
12. Genie of the Lamp (2) 40 p.
13. Tilakkhana (80) 41 p.
14. Kenora (2) 54 p.
15. Sensei 60 p.

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MAXI YACHT ROLEX CUP 2015

12 September 2015

Porto Cervo, Italy -  Aligning 13 yachts on the starting line,  the Wally Class was the strongest fleet of the successful Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2015,  impeccably organised in the stunning costa Smeralda waters by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, and sponsored in great style by Rolex. The perfect weather conditions with sun shining and medium-strong breeze throughout the week, contributed to the success if this 26th edition of the Holy Grail of the maxi racing circuit.

The Wallys showcased great performance and a high level of competition proving once again to be the most important and consistent division of super yacht racing, combining Owners’ helming  with world’s top professional sailors. Seven races were completed offering  a variety of courses, from the technical windward/leewards to the more “cruising” coastal ones.

The indisputable star of the Wally fleet was Open Season:  keeping the seasonal momentum, she won five races out of seven, and the Trophy one day in advance thanks to an excellent crew work! The winning tactician, Olympic and America’s cup champion Jochen Schümann, smiled: “The boat has improved hugely in looks and in speed with the winter modifications. The team, the owner, everyone really appreciates what we have achieved. We have had some good successes this season, but winning here at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is the highlight. The boat is going fast and looking good.” The multiple Olympic champion admitted to being surprised at the margin of Open Season’s victory. “We were fortunate,” said Schümann. “It was an outstanding performance this week. I think our main opponent didn't have their best week, so that has made us look better than we are.” Victory for Owner Thomas Bscher is particularly sweet, having competed at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup for more than a decade. “Our owner is delighted,” said Schümann. “His first big win here.”

Behind Open Season, the tight battle for the second place was between defending champion Magic Carpet Cubed and the ever strong J One, one of the oldest in the fleet: the two yachts finished tied with 15 points, but Magic Carpet Cubed overcame J One because she had better results in the week.  J One though won the Group 80 division.

Very close competition until the last day also in the central part of the classification: Y3K placed fourth, while Sensei fifth, Galma sixth and Lyra seventh with only two points between each other. The rest of the fleet had a fierce fight as well,  with the following outcome: Ryokan 2 eighth winning the Group 2 division, Tango G ninth, the oldest of the fleet Genie of the Lamp tenth, Nahita eleventh, Kenora twelfth, and Tilakkhana thirteenth.

Congratulations to the winning team and to all the participants for such a memorable event.

The Wally Class largest fleet ever meet up in two weeks at the beautiful Les Voiles de Saint Tropez (September 28-October 4), where 15 yachts are expected: follow the live racing in this web site!

General Results Wally Division:
1. Open Season 7 p.
2. Magic Carpet Cubed 15 p.
3. J One (80) 15 p. (winner Group 80)
4. Y3K 27 p.
5. Sensei 30 p.
6. Galma 34 p.
7. Lyra (80) 36 p.
8. Ryokan 2 82) 40,5 p.
9. Tango G  (80) 51 p.
10. Genie of the Lamp (2)  54 p. 
11. Nahita (80) 60 p.
12. Kenora  (2) 66 p. 
13. Tilakkhana (2) 67,5 p.

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Menorca Maxi 2015

31 May 2015

Mahon, Spain – The Wally fleet keeps building-up and enchanted the spectators with 12 boats participating in the second edition of THE Menorca Maxi, the regatta dedicated to the Wally Class and invitational to other maxi yacht divisions (this year the Maxi72 class was invited), sponsored by Consell Insular de Menorca, and organised by Club Maritimo de Mahon.

Galma, Inti, J One, Kenora, Magic Blue, Magic Carpet Cubed, Lyra, Open Season, Ryokan 2, Sensei, Tango G, and Y3K fiercely fought for the Overall Trophy of the second event of the racing season, with three yachts ALSO competing  for the Group 80 Trophy (J One, Lyra, Tango G) and three for the Group 2 Trophy (Inti, Kenora, Ryokan 2).
The prizes included the Gino Bossi Trophy, for the first Wally in the combination of the two scheduled coastal races.

The wind has been light throughout the regatta, with a strong sun enhancing the turquoise colour of Menorca waters.
Six races were successfully sailed in the four-day event: four Windward/Leeward and two coastal courses, providing the competitors with a variety of conditions and tactical challenges.
The competition in the Wally Class was so high and tight, that four of the six races had four different winners creating unexpected upturning in the standings with the Overall Trophy, only assigned the last day.

The first day saw two wins of Open Season in both the WL courses.  In the 35 nm coastal course of the second day Open Season and Magic Carpet Cubed as well as J One and Tango G engaged IN spectacular tacking duels, with J One finally winning the race. The third day had two WL courses with Open Season and Magic Carpet Cubed both winning one race, but due to the discard of the worst WL result, Tango G climbed up to the first position. The last race, a 24 nm coastal course, was indeed decisive to assign the Overall Trophy that went to Open Season with a second position behind the defending champion Magic Blue.

Among the fleet, to be noted the new comer and reborn Lyra (former K2Wind, launched in 2000) completely refitted with new mast, keel, and sail plan, that showed impressive performance in the light wind condition, and winning the Group 80.
The Wally80 Inti, at her first race of the season, won the Group 2.
The Gino Bossi Trophy was won again for the second year by Magic Blue.
Congratulations to the winners, and to all the participants that made this event memorable!

The Wally Class racing will resume after the summer cruising, in Porto Cervo, for the iconic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (September 6-12). Don’t miss the Sardinian rendez-vous: 12 Wallys will be on the starting line for the third engaging event of the season, follow the live racing in this web site!

General results:
1. Open Season 14 p.
2. Magic Blue 14 p.
3. Magic Carpet Cubed 19 p.
4. Lyra (80) 20 p.
5. Tango G (80) 22 p.
6. Y3K 24 p.
7. J One (80) 26 p.
8. Inti (2) 35 p.
9. Galma 12 p.
10. Sensei 44 p.
11. Ryokan 2 (2) 48 p.
12. Kenora (2) 60 p.

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Gaastra Palmavela 2015

3 May 2015

Palma de Mallorca, Spain – Four days of impeccable racing, four different winners in five races, the regatta trophy of the Wally Division assigned in the last race: Gaastra Palmavela confirms to be the grand opening of the Wally Class season, where the yachts evaluate the improvements of the winter works. 
Nine yachts on the starting line: Galma, J One, Kenora, Magic Carpet Cubed, Nahita, Open Season, Ryokan 2, Tango G, Y3K, making the Wally Class the largest performance division of the event.

The most awaited was the debut of the newly refitted Open Season, featuring new length, new keel, and new sails: the results matched the expectations.  Open Season showed enhanced performance engaging close duels with the wallycento Magic Carpet Cubed, the number one seed of the Class. The two yachts alternated in the lead of all the races, both in the windward-leeward and in the coastal courses, crossing the finish lines well ahead of the rest of the fleet.

The weather was sunny and warm with light-medium winds,  ranging from 5 to 11 knots, allowing for five races to be sailed, three windward-leeward and two coastal courses, thanks also to the highly experienced race committee.

The competition was so high and tight that the Wally Class had four different winners out of the five races (J One, Magic Carpet Cubed, Open Season, Y3K). In addition,  at the start of the last race of the last day, the games were still very open with three yachts tied in the lead (Y3K, Open Season, J One)!
At the end, Open Season won t the Wally Class overall by one point only ahead of Magic Carpet Cubed. Y3K came in third one point behind, while J One and Galma finished 4th and 5th respectively with equal points! Ryokan 2 won the Wally Class group 2.

The Wally Class large fleet meet up again in three weeks at Menorca Maxi, May 26-31, where 11 yachts have confirmed to race: follow the live racing in this web site!

General results:

1. Open Season 9 p.
2. Magic Carpet Cubed 10 p.
3. Y3K 11 p.
4. J One 12 p.
5. Galma 12 p.
6. Tango G 17 p.
7. Ryokan 2 26 p.
8. Nahita 32 p.
9. Kenora 33 p.

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Wally Class 2014 racing series results

7 October 2014

Saint Tropez, France – The Les Voiles de Saint Tropez ended the Wally Class racing season and determined the winner of the 2014 racing series. The calendar included four events (Gaastra Palmavela, the new Menorca Maxi, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Les Voiles de Saint Tropez), and all of them had a high participation of yachts: it was a record year that celebrated the 15th anniversary of the iconic Wally Class, the epitome of super yacht racing.

The racing was exhilarating and highly competitive in every regatta with Magic Blue and Galma, showing impressive improvement since last year, Y3K coming back into the circuit after two years, and Angels' share too.

Since the opening of the season in Gaastra Palmavela, Magic Carpet Cubed turned out to be the leading team. First to cross the finish line 22 races of 23, they won three events: Gaastra Palmavela, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Les Voiles de Saint Tropez, totalling 132 points, the highest score of the seasonal raking that bestows the Wally Trophy.

Congratulations to Magic Carpet Cubed Team and to all the members of the world’s most exclusive yacht club, the Wally Class.

The confirmed 2015 calendar includes the same four regattas: Gaastra Palmavela (April 30-May 3) , Menorca Maxi (May 27-31), Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (September 6-12), and Les Voiles de Saint Tropez (September 28-October 3).

Arrivederci on the starting line on April 30 in Palma!

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Les Voiles de Saint Tropez 2014

5 October 2014

Saint Tropez, France – 300 boats participated in the 2014 edition of this unique rendez-vous that gathers the most extraordinary modern sailing boats and the most beautiful classic yachts: from the latest wallycento Magic Carpet Cubed to the 1885 auric yacht Partridge, 129 years of yacht design were on display in Saint Tropez.
This year the Voiles de Saint Tropez and the Wally Class celebrated their 15th anniversary. It’s not just a coincidence that they have the same age: Wally is not only the most faithful sponsor of the event, that it has been supporting it since the inception, but it also gave the impulse to the renaissance of a Nioulargue-style regatta. 
Such a long partnership results in Wally being an integral part of the event by aligning its fleet in the coveted Quai d’Honneur offering a fascinating contrast with the top world classic yachts.
The Les Voiles de Saint Tropez celebrated its 15-year existence with splendour and grand spectacle, offering 4.000 sailors from the world over, a packed week of racing, enjoyment and conviviality.

Since 2007, the Wally Class has its own race committee and race courses, with the start off the Pampelonne beach. This exclusive organisation allows to select and manage the number and type of races according to the weather, enabling the Wallys to have the best competition.
Twelve yachts lined up on the starting line:  Angels' share, Galma, Genie, Inti, J One, Kenora, Magic Blue, Magic Carpet Cubed, Ryokan 2, Sensei, Tango G, and Y3K. The compelling fleet fought for the best results in three classifications: Overall (the whole fleet), Group 2 (Genie, Inti, Kenora, Ryokan 2) and Group 80 (J One and Tango G).

On the water, the week offered different conditions: the medium winds and big seas of the first two days gave the way to light air and flat water with summer temperatures from Wednesday onwards, obliging the Race committee to cancel the race on Friday. Four races were completed: two coastal courses and two WLs.
The flawless Magic Carpet Cubed dominated the week winning three races, and proving once more that wallycento is a step forward in yachting evolution: she embodies the new generation of high performance sailing cruiser, setting new higher standards in naval architecture, systems, equipments, and construction technology.
The second place overall went to Magic Blue and the third to Galma, that this year showed a huge improvement in both boat performance and crew work.
Last year runner up J One won the Group 80 and Ryokan 2 the Group 2.

Magic Carpet Cubed won also the BMW Trophy, dedicated to the winner of the Wally Division.
In addition, she won the 2014 Wally racing series as well.
Congratulations to this incredible team and exceptional yacht winner of three trophies in one event!

The Voiles de Saint Tropez traditionally ends the Wally Class season that this year had a record participation in all the four events: a perfect celebration of its 15th birthday, long life to the largest fleet of high performance super yachts!

See you in Palma for Gaastra Palmavela at the end of April 2015.

General Results:
Overall
1. Magic Carpet Cubed 6 p.
2. Magic Blue 12 p.
3. Galma 14 p.
4. J One 19 p.
5. Ryokan 2 (2) 25 p.
6. Tango (80) 25 p.
7. Genie (2) 25 p.
8. Y3K 29 p. 
9. Sensei 30 p. 
10. Inti (2) 34 p.
11. Kenora (2) 45 p.
12. Angels' share 47 p.

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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014

6 September 2014

Porto Cervo, Italy, 31 August-6 September 2014  – The 25th Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, organized from August 31 to September 6 by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in conjunction with the International Maxi Association (IMA), goes down in the Wally Class history for the tightest competition ever.
Nine Wallys on starting line, making up the largest division of the event: two wallycentos Magic Carpet Cubed and Open Season; 100-foot Y3K; 107-foot Kenora; 94-foot Sensei; four 80-footers Inti, J One, Ryokan2, and Tango G.
The racing scheduled included three costal races and four Windward-Leewards for a total of seven races with the discard after the fifth one.
The excellent conditions (sunshine and wind between 8 and 20 knots throughout the week) and the flawless Race Committee allowed to sail all the seven races contributing to the successful outcome of the regatta.

Since the first coastal race of the first day, it was evident that neither the defending champion J One nor the fierce Magic Carpet Cubed and the four-time winner Y3K team, would have easily relinquished the Trophy.
The yacht to win line honours was Magic Carpet Cubed that outperformed all the Classes, crossing the finish line ahead of the whole 34-superyacht fleet of the regatta, including the Mini Maxi (that started 10 minutes before!) by 4 minute, covering the 37-mile course among the Maddalena Archipelago in just 3h10min! The race went to J One in corrected time, while Y3K was third.
The second day had two WL courses: Magic Carpet Cubed won the first one both in real and in corrected time, followed by Y3K and J One; Y3K won the second one with J One second and Tango G third, while Magic Carpet Cubed arrived fifth for a gennaker problem.
On Wednesday -the third day of the regatta, the costal race was as engaging as the previous one, with tricky winds that several times produced changes in the leading positions. At the end, Magic Carpet Cubed won once again both in real and corrected time, followed by J One and Y3K.
At this stage it was clear that the battle for the title was restricted to these three Wallys, with the competition getting tighter.

The highlight of the lay-day on Thursday was the stunning Rolex Dinner Party at the Cala di Volpe, with the grand finale of fireworks to celebrate 30 years of partnership with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda racing programme.

The racing resumed on Friday with another spectacular coastal course: 25 miles to Mortoriotto Island, then Secca di Tremonti, Capo Ferro, and Monaci Island. The “outsider” Ryokan 2 won the race, with Y3K and J One second and third respectively. 
Before the start of the last day there was no obvious favourite,  any of the three had the possibility to win the Wally Division: the three leading crews were separated by just one point, all had winning Porto Cervo pedigree, all had led at some point during the week. J One began the day level on terms with Y3K, while stalking just one point behind was Magic Carpet Cubed.
A third bullet of the week enabled Magic Carpet Cubed to take the first windward/leeward race; Y3K stumbled early suffering from a poor start; J One could not match wallycento’s mastery of the conditions and had to settle for third. Magic Carpet Cubed supremacy was confirmed in the final race as her rivals fell by the wayside: J One had to retire, and equipment issues led to Y3K failing to start. Third place was enough for Magic Carpet Cubed to claim her first Maxi Yacht Rolex success!
“It was a close week,” reflected Owner and helmsman Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones, “J-One sails well, I know it well having been a boat of mine. We’ve been coming here a long time, it is the one we all want to win.”

Congratulations to the winning team and to all the participants for such a memorable event.

The next rendezvous of the Wally Class is the beautiful Voiles de Saint Tropez (September 29-October 5) where 12 Wallys will compete.

General Results Wally Division:
1. Magic Carpet Cubed 13 p.
2. J One 14 p.
3. Y3K 15 p.
4. Ryokan 2 23 p.
5. Sensei  26 p.
6. Tango G  27 p.
7. Inti  35 p. 
8. Open Season 46 p.
9. Kenora  49 p.

Photos Carlo Borlenghi / Courtesy of Rolex

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Menorca Maxi 2014

25 May 2014

Mahón, Menorca, Spain, 21-25 May 2014 - The sparkling waters off Menorca's capital city Mahón hosted the first edition of Menorca Maxi, the regatta dedicated to the Wally Class and invitational to other Superyacht Classes (this year the J-Class was invited).

For Luca Bassani, Wally founder and CEO, the island of Menorca embodies the spirit of the Wally Class: "We always try hold our regattas in very beautiful places because our owners like to race but also like to cruise. As a result, having an event in such a fascinating place is the perfect combination.”
The event is an initiative of the Island Council of Menorca and is organized by Club Marítimo de Mahón, with the support of Port of Mahón, one of the Mediterranean's biggest and most beautiful ports.
Nine Wallys took part in the inaugural event: Galma, J One, Kenora, Magic Blue, Magic Carpet Cubed, Open Season, Ryokan 2, Sensei, and Tango G.
The regatta included the first edition of the Gino Bossi Trophy, dedicated to the winner of the coastal race in the Wally Class.

The wallycento Magic Carpet Cubed, hit the water as the favorite, having dominated the season's opening event Gaastra Palmavela. She lined up against the other wallycento, Open Season (former Hamilton).
Magic Blue (former Magic Carpet Squared ) raced with an all-Italian top-notch crew, while a French-Italian crew was onboard the iconic Wally80 Ryokan 2, winner in 2008 of the Compasso d’Oro the world’s most important award for quality and design. Galma raced on familiar waters featuring a crew consisting of the who-is-who of Spain's top professional sailors. Although one of the first Wallys ever to be launched, in 1997, J-One hasn't lost her incredible performance as she was tied in first place with Sensei (former Open Season) in the 2013 Wally Class season. With her 33 meters of length, Kenora was the largest Wally racing in Menorca Maxi. The Wally lineup included also Tango G, and Sensei (the former Open Season, sharing similar lines of Galma).

The first day saw a close and exciting racing off Mahón's bay under light-to-moderate conditions, with 7 to 10 knots of breeze and rolling swell. The right-hand side of the course, closer to the shore, proved to be the clear favorite and Tango G  scored a commanding victory benefitting the most after a start at the committee boat.

The second day delivered a day of spectacular and close racing that saw Magic Blue lead the Wally Class. The nine Wallys sailed two windward/leeward races in perfect conditions, with a southeasterly breeze between 10 and 14 knots, flatter seas and bright skies. The spectacular fleet offered the city of Mahón a unique sight as for the first time ever they sailed out to the race course through the narrow and striking bay.
The winning tactical call was to stick to the left, as much as possible, especially in the beats. One boat that carried out the plan to perfection was Magic Blue.
In the first race, Magic Blue held on to the left as much as possible, keeping the number of tacks to a minimum. Although she finished third in real time, she held more than an one-minute lead in corrected time over second-placed Open Season.
As the breeze weakened in the second race,  Magic Blue again carried out her left-hand side strategy. Magic Carpet Cubed again took line honors but her lead wasn't enough to prevent her from handing first place to Magic Blue.

A  32.5-mile coastal race was sailed on the third day, along the southern part of the island. Conditions were once again ideal, with a breeze that blew between 10 and 15 knots, starting from the east and veering to the northeast in the second half. Crews and tacticians were kept in their toes and the four hours of sailing on Menorca's blue waters saw a number of lead changes in the Wally class. Magic Blue maintained her winning streak and pocketed another victory, the second one in four races, as well as winning the Gino Bossi Trophy awarded to the first classified in the Coastal race.

The fourth and final day of the inaugural Menorca Maxi saw the nine Wallys race under tough and tricky conditions. The early morning rain failed to dampen the spirits of organizers, who were eager to close a spectacular week of racing on a high note.
The shifty winds and passing rain clouds caused a one-hour postponement but the race committee was finally able to hold two close and nail-biting races for the Wally Class. While the top of the leaderboard was almost decided heading into the final day, the Wally Class saw a match race take place in the second race, between the equally-matched Sensei and Galma, with the latter prevailing to close the podium places, just one point ahead of Sensei.
Magic Blue was the clear favorite but the rest of the podium places were still up for grabs with three boats, Magic Carpet3, Sensei and Galma having a shot at second and third place.
The first race was easily won by Magic Blue proving again to be the most competitive boat of the fleet: the brisk breeze that reached 20 knots in the first beat brought the best out of her.
With the top two spots of the overall leaderboard decided (Magic Blue followed by Magic Carpet Cubed) the real battle was between Sensei and Galma, tied at 15 points in third. Having the exact same rating, the two boats held a true match race that saw Sensei take the early lead, rounding the first weather mark ahead of their opponents. Galma showed better speed downwind and was able, half-way through the first run, to gybe in front of Sensei and overtake her. Having taken the lead, Galma closely covered her opponent and was able to fend off their attacks, taking a third and clinching the overall third place, just one point ahead of Sensei.
Tango G won the Group 80 and Ryokan 2 the Group 2.

Congratulations to all teams and the organizers for a perfect regatta!
The event was indeed a great success both on the water and ashore, and the sponsor already confirmed the second edition to take place in May 2015.

The Wally Class racing resumes after the summer in Porto Cervo, for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup from  August 31st to  September 6th

General Results:
Overall
1. Magic Blue 8 p.
2. Magic Carpet Cubed 13 p.
3. Galma 18 p.
4. Sensei 19 p.
5. Tango G (80) 23 p.
6. Ryokan 2  (2) 25 p.
7. J One (80) 29 p.
8. Open Season 30 p.
9. Kenora (2) 41 p.

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Gaastra Palmavela 2014

4 May 2014

Palma de Maiorca, Spain, 30 April - 4 May 2014 - Gaastra Palmavela traditionally kicks off the Wally Class racing calendar, and this year the regatta marked the 10th anniversary of the event, that was started in 2004 specifically for the Wally Class.
To celebrate this special edition, the Wally Class had the event record number of nine yachts on the starting line.
Angel’s share, Galma, J One, Kenora, Magic Blue, Magic Carpet Cubed, Open Season, Ryokan 2, and Tango G fiercely competed over four days in the magnificent bay of Palma.
The weather conditions were simply perfect, with a breeze ranging from 8 knots in the first day,  to 10-12 knots in the third and fourth days, with a maximum of 18 knots in the second day, providing the best wind condition for each boat.
As it has always been in Palmavela since its inception,  the race management was flawless, and gave the start to six races in total, four windward-leeward and two coastal courses.

Magic Carpet Cubed confirmed the superior performance and excellent crew work shown in the previous season. Her supremacy further improved with the winter modifications becoming the undisputed leader of the racing fleet.
With four victories and two second places, she won the Gaastra Palmavela in the Wally Division. Magic Blue (former Magic Carpet Squared) was second overall and last year winner J One (former Magic Carpet), was third.
The three original Magic Carpets in the first three places: what a reward for the passionate and dedicated Owner Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones !

The Wally Class will gather in two weeks in Menorca for the first edition of Menorca Maxi, May 21-25, where nine Wally will race for the first time in this beautiful island.

General Results:
Overall
1. Magic Carpet Cubed 7 p.
2. Magic Blue 10 p.
3. J One (80) 17 p.
4. Open Season 18 p.
5. Galma 21 p.
6. Ryokan 2  (2) 24 p.
7. Tango G (80) 26 p.
8. Kenora (2) 38 p.
9. Angels' share 42 p.

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Wally Class 2013 Racing Series Results

6 October 2013

Saint Tropez, France – The Les Voiles de Saint Tropez ends the Mediterranean racing season as well as the Wally Class’.  The calendar included four events, with the majority of the fleet participating in the last two regattas, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez.

The racing was dramatic, the competition was so high and tight that the seasonal standings were decided on the last race of the last event!
Open Season is the winner of the 2013 Wally racing series: tied with J One, the other leading  performer of the season, she finished ahead thanks to a greater number of first places.

This year the Class welcomed two new Owners, who bought Magic Carpet Squared and Tango renaming them Magic Blue and Tango G respectively, and the comeback of the highly performing 94 footer  Galma (former Y3K).

The 2014 calendar includes four regattas: Palmavela, Minorca (new addition!), Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, and Voiles de Saint Tropez. Arrivederci on the starting line on 1st May 2014 in Palma!

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Les Voiles de Saint Tropez 2012

5 October 2012

Saint Tropez, France – Nine yachts made the Wally Division of the 14th edition of Les Voiles de Saint Tropez for a spectacular ending of the racing season.
Hamilton, J One, Magic Carpet Squared, and Open Season raced in Group 1 reserved to the more racing oriented Wallys. Dark Shadow, Genie, Ryokan 2, Sensei, and Tiketitoo formed Group 2, more cruising oriented.

Magic Carpet Squared and Open Season fiercely battled for the first position in their group that was decided the last day of the week, with the latter prevailing by one point only despite her DNS of the last race due to a collision with J One on the starting line.
Genie and Sensei fought to win Group 2, and it was Genie that gained.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all participants to have made the Wally Class season so successful. The competition will resume in Palma in May 2013.
Enjoy the winter!

General Results Wally Division:
Group 1
1. Open Season 12 p.
2. Magic Carpet Squared 13 p.
3. J One 17 p.
4. Hamilton 22 p.

Group 2
1. Genie 14 p.
2. Sensei 17 p.
3. Dark Shadow 20 p.
4. Ryokan 2 20 p.
5. Tiketitoo 25 p.

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Wally Class 2012 Racing Series Results

5 October 2012

Saint Tropez, France – The Les Voiles de Saint Tropez ended the Wally Class racing season that included  four events (Mapfre Palmavela, Trofeo Conde de Godò, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Voiles de Saint Tropez), with the majority of the fleet participating in the last two regattas, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez.

Magic Carpet Squared, the most consistent yacht in terms of both crew work and performance, won the series of Group 1 for the second year in a row:  what a great reward and perfect farewell after ten years of successful participation to the Class circuit!
Magic Carpet Squared will give the way to her successor Magic Carpet Cubed, the wallycento second unit currently under construction and scheduled to be delivered at the end of the winter, in time for 2013 racing season.
The Wally Class thanks the Owner and the crew of this exceptional yacht, a pillar of the Wally regattas, for their loyalty and sportsmanship.

In Group 2, the annual trophy is awarded to Sensei.

The 2013 calendar includes the same four regattas of this year: Gaastra Palmavela, Trofeo Conde de Godò, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, and Voiles de Saint Tropez.

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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2012

8 September 2012

Porto Cervo, Italy – Arresting, challenging, engaging and propelled by a constant evolution in design and technology, the 23rd edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, provided a timely confirmation of the regatta’s status as one of the forefront events of the yachting world. The 2012 edition was marked by tight competition and ever changing wind conditions.
Inaugurated in 1980 and the jewel in Rolex’s international yachting portfolio since 1985, the event, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and the International Maxi Association (IMA), attracted 34 international Maxi yachts – measuring upwards of 18.29 metres (60 feet) – for a week of top quality racing.
For owners and crews alike, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is the unmissable fixture in the international sailing calendar.
For sailors, the diversity of the racecourses, often featuring rocky outcrops and shifting winds, provide numerous enthralling and unexpected tactical challenges.

The Wally class with eight yachts on the starting line divided into two groups (1 and 2), was very competitive, and welcomed the brand new and much awaited Hamilton, the first unit of the innovative wallycento box-rule.
The weeklong competition witnessed four days of racing and two days wiped out because of the weather – Day 2 was lost to thunderstorms and torrential rain, the final day owing to benign conditions. It has been a constant challenge for the crews. Winning on the waters off Porto Cervo is complex and requires nerve, solid tactics, harmonious teamwork, dedication and sometimes extreme patience.
During a week of contrasting conditions and courses presented by the Race Committee, the winning crews were those most adept at adapting to the ever-changing environment.
Hamilton showed impressive performance taking line honours of every race, well ahead of the rest of the Wally fleet.
The winner  of Group 1 was Magic Carpet 2 (that made her last appearance at the event before her owner upgrades to a new wallycento) and of Grop 2 Sensei.

The Wally Class will gather again in few weeks at the Voiles de Saint Tropez (30 september – 6 october), that marks the end of the racing season.

General Results Wally Division:
Group 1
1. Magic Carpet Squared 5 p.
2. Open Season 7 p.
3. J One 11 p.
4. Hamilton 12 p.

Group 2
1. Sensei 6 p.
2. Inti 6 p.
3. Genie 10 p.
4. Dark Shadow 16 p.

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Mapfre Palmavela 2012

23 April 2012

 

Palma de Mallorca, Spain - The three Wally participating in Gaastra Palmavela, the first event of the racing season, Magic Carpet2, Open Season and J One, were scored in the Maxi and MiniMaxi division with the other yachts of this category.

As usual, the racing in the gulf of Palma was excellent, with winds ranging from 6 to 27 knots and beautiful sunshine.

Magic Carpet2 won the regatta,  Open Season placed second and J One fourth.

The Wally Class will meet again in Barcelona for the 39th edition of the Trofeo Conde de Godò, 23-27 May. At least six Wallys have planned to come, we look forward to another exciting  event!

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