A great weekend of sailing, racing and enjoying Portoferraio.  Lizzie shares her recent experience at the CNB Owners Rendezvous in Elba

The CNB rendezvous turned 10 this year, a weekend event for owners of CNB yachts, the Bordeaux 60, CNB76, some of the older custom yachts and the brand new CNB66 gathered together in Portoferraio, Elba on the middle weekend of June.  Previous years have been in Palma, Bonifacio, Porquerolles and I think everyone agreed that this one was probably the best.

We were asked to take Althane, CNB66, hull number 1, as the owner was unable to go so diYachting jumped at the chance to put the new 66 round the rase course.  David, our Technical Services manager, delivered CNB66 hull no.3 to Elba for it’s owner so him and his crew were also there to join us.

All lined up on the dock ready for a weekend of action!

We met on the Friday evening at the end of the sea wall, a beautiful setting with views across the bay, we enjoyed champagne and cocktails as the sunset and everyone was welcomed to the event.

Saturday morning was a 9am call to leave the dock.  We headed out of the port and over to the start line.   We had used the code zero the day before and pulled the spinnaker out of the locker that morning.   The first race saw multiple race leaders as we all took turns to lead the fleet at various points of the race, we were delighted to take a 3rd place, having gained and lost the lead on the 2nd leg and dropped back down the fleet, then clawed our way back up it.

The CNB fleet

After lunch at the anchor we then did the morning race in reverse and we finally found our feet.  We took line honours that afternoon even though we got a huge twist in the spinnaker and had to bring it down to sort before finally hoisting it again.

Some close competition with Althane’s sister ship, Nuvolare

As the event was sponsored by Theinot champagne we popped that open once back on the dock to celebrate a great day on the water.  That night, for the dinner, we headed up to the museum and the town square was shut off just for us, we had drinks and canapés before setting down to a traditional Italian dinner, at midnight we celebrated 30years of CNB, with a wonderful video of the progress of the yard followed by a huge firework display.  The band started and everyone danced the night away.

Evening celebrations in the town square

Sunday morning was a slower start and we eventually pushed off the dock around 10.30am.  A change of course saw us racing back to the west of Portoferraio, the light winds made a slow beat but the 2nd leg got slower as the wind dropped off as we headed into the wind shadow of the island.  The whole fleet bunched back up and it was a virtually a restart and a race to get moving again.  This is where we excelled with our huge spinnaker. We were pipped at the finish by Aloha a CNB77, the oldest Yacht there! She appeared out of no where and had a fabulous reach to the finish.  What looked like a slow race turned into something much more fun.

The diYachting Team

Back on the dock it was time to head to the prize giving.  There were 2 classes; the under 70ft and over 70ft.  We were thrilled to win the under 70ft class, the CNB66 is a great boat and we had a great time sailing her!

Matt and I spent 2 weeks on her in total, we did the delivery from Cap d’Agde to Elba and then a few days cruising on her too, we’re back on her next month for another week so I’ll tell you more about how we have fallen in love with this beautiful new yacht.

The winning Crew! Team diYachting celebrating a fantastic weekend on the water

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