Continuing on from her win in the Sydney to Hobart earlier this year, the Australian/New Zealand built and crewed super maxi yacht, Alfa Romeo, has by taken line honours in four out of five races during the first major European regatta of the northern season.
Featured in Gizmo 4 just prior to her 2002 Rolex Sydney to Hobart win, Alfa Romeo is raced by its owner and skipper Neville Crichton. Reputed to be among world's fastest yachts, the 90ft carbon fibre super-maxi has an unbeaten record of 36 wins since it was launched last year.
Despite weak winds and a short race circuit to which the yacht is not ideally suited, Alfa Romeo clearly displayed her all-round competitiveness at the Zegna Trophy in the famous Italian town of Portofino, traditionally the first major event of the European Summer.
"Alfa Romeo started her winning streak in Australia and we are very happy that with the support of Alfa Romeo we have been able to bring the boat and some of the world's leading sailors to Europe" said Neville Crichton. "Alfa Romeo was designed to be highly competitive in all types of racing conditions and not to be specialist yacht. We therefore believe that despite the different nature of the European races we have the yacht and the crew to be line honours winners in all the events"
Alfa Romeo's international team includes sailors from New Zealand and Australia (four crew members from the America's Cup team) and also a Frenchman and a Briton (one crew member from America's cup winner Alinghi).
After Portofino, Alfa Romeo will compete at the Rolex Giraglia Cup in St.Tropez (June 23-29) , at the Rolex Fastnet Race in Cowes (UK-August 10), at the Maxi World Cup in Porto Cervo ( Sept 7-13) and back to St. Tropez at the Les Voiles race (Sept 29-Oct 5).