Vismara Mills 62 RC ‘SuperNikka’ – 2017 season preview

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This week will begin the third season of races for the Mini Maxi SuperNikka, the Vismara Mills 62 RC owned and helmed by the Pisa-based entrepreneur Roberto Lacorte, vice president and Chief Executive Officer of Pharmanutra Company as well as President of Yacht Club Repubblica Marinara of Pisa, host of the 151 Cetilar Trophy.

And it is at the 151 Miles race, which is excepted to see over 215 yachts cross the start-line on the afternoon of Thursday, June 1st in the Waters between Marina di Pisa and Livorno, where Roberto Lacorte’s boat will make her season debut, after a winter of work where she was further optimised based on the data collected in 2016, to challenge the new season with the goal of winning again at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup scheduled for Porto Cervo, Sardinia in September, where Lacorte and his crew took the Mini Maxi Racing class world title in 2015, during her first year of competition. The optimisation works, carried out with the help of the naval architect and SuperNikka’s designer Mark Mills, covers all aspects including the rig, sail and a brand new keel and bulb.

“The Porto Cervo Maxi World Championship is clearly the main goal of the season for SuperNikka, but we could not start at the 151 Cetilar Miles Trophy, which is has become one of the most important Mediterranean regatta, ” says Roberto Lacorte, who in addition to yacht racing also has a passion for motorsport which will see him racing at this years Le Mans 24hr race at the wheel of Cetilar Villorva Corse LMP2 Dallara. The 151 Miles will be an important first test for the revised SuperNikka although the objective is very much to win. During their 2015 outing, they took line honours. For the 2017 race, there are several larger yachts entered, so pressure is firmly on.

At the 151 Mile-Trophy, Roberto Lacorte, who also plays the role of Vice President of the International Maxi Association (IMA), will divide the helm of SuperNikka with Enrico Zennaro, an 8-time world champion sailor, and with the Portuguese Olympian Diego Cayolla. In Port Cervo, Lacorte will be joined by Olympian, America’s Cup veteran and Volvo Ocean Race sailor Tommaso Chieffi who has no less than 27 world championships, 5 Europeans and 13 Italian championships under his belt.

151 Miglia 2016

We at Grabau International wish Roberto and his team the best of luck for all their racing this year (including at Le Mans where we will be there to cheer on the Cetilar Villorva Corse team).

Grabau International & Vismara Marine

For further information about Vismara Yachts, please contact us at vismara@grabauinternational.com

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