X-41 World Championship-Marina di Scarlino starts next Wednesday
The X-41 World Championship, organized by the Yacht Club Italiano, the Club Nautico Scarlino and with the support of X-Yachts Italia, kicks off on September 13th at La Marina di Scarlino. 15 yachts from 7 countries Spain, Ireland, Estonia, United Kingdom, Malta, Slovenia and Italy have entered the event so far.
Registration and measurement procedures will begin on Sunday 13th and continue until Tuesday 15th: crews will be weighed, sails measured in accordance with Class parameters and yacht displacement checked. All this to ensure that all competitors start off from a leveled playing field.
Racing will start on Wednesday September 16th at 12 o’clock, and will continue every day through Saturday 19th. Sunday September 20th has been set aside as a reserve day should the 4 races needed to validate the Championship not have taken place in the preceding days.
A maximum of 3 race will be held per day on a windward-leeward course.
The X-41 Yacht
The X-41 is the one-design of the Danish shipyard X-Yachts which put on the market in 2006, following the great success of yard’s one-design X-35.
Just like its “smaller brother”, the X-41 is a high performance boat, extremely responsive when racing and perfect for short cruises.
According to X-41 Class rules, all boats must be identical, except for the sail fabric. Sails and factory can be chosen according to each owner’s preferences.
A strong restriction, imposed by the shipyard on the Class, consists in the number of professional sailors allowed on board: maximum 4 Group 3 ISAF athletes. This should guarantee that racing happens on equal footing. The Helmsman must be the owner of the yacht or a sailor belonging to the Group 1 ISAF category.
Thanks to these strict guidelines, racing will be challenging for the crews and spectacular to watch: given the marginal speed difference between boats there will be a number of “close encounters” at mark roundings and neck-to-neck finish line crossings.
There is a growing number of X-41 boats in Italy, and some of best world’s sailors will be on board, often in the role of tactician. Just to name a few: Lorenzo Bressani and Tiziano Nava will race on Lady X-41, owner Piergiorgio Ravaioni; Francesco De Angelis will be on Le Coq Hardì, Daniele Cassinari on Siderarcordis, and Tommaso Chieffi on WB Five.
X-41 in action. Photo copyright Max Ranchi