The first half of the season of the Vulcain Trophy 2013 resulted in intensive regattas among the eleven D35 multihulls and their energetic crew members. All of this in a beautiful theatre: Lake Geneva.

They fought hard with very tactical moves during the first five rounds of the championship and no matter how difficult the weather conditions were, the teams sailed with unwavering determination. The Bol d’Or Mirabaud was a perfect example of the teams’ perseverance in light winds, as well as in stronger winds, when a reefing was needed.

Alinghi is currently at the top of the general ranking. Ernesto Bertarelli’s multihull had a fantastic start in the season as Alinghi was the clear winner of the first regatta of the season, The Open de Versoix Nationale Suisse. In as much as 11 regattas, Alinghi won 6 regattas and never stepped down from the podium in the other five races. Realstone Sailing and Zen Too also had constant results that enabled them to maintain their scores at the top of the chart.

Each multihull had its moment of glory: Okalys-Corum won the Grand Prix des Ambassadeurs, Team Sui 9 was the first to pass the finish line at the Bol d’Or Mirabaud and Ylliam-Comptoir Immobilier arrived second of the Genève-Rolle-Genève after an intense track race with Alinghi. Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing, sixth in the general ranking, had a remarkable start on the port side at the Bol d’Or Mirabaud, and made a beautiful come back after the Bouveret mark, showing its knowledge of the Lake’s vagaries and the seamless willpower of a united crew.

The second round of the season will open new perspectives for the teams that are currently bringing up the rear. Nothing is written yet as some multihulls depend on different weather conditions, like Tilt, who was very effective in strong wind conditions. and Veltigroup will certainly have the opportunity during the summer to fine-tune their strategy and polish their drills, just like Oryx who participates this year in their first Vulcain Trophy.  

Mid-season ranking:

Realstone Sailing
Zen Too
Team Sui 9
Ladycat powered by Spindrift racing
Ylliam-Comptoir immobilier