Sails : Sails 28 October November 2014
aperture 070 various classes, including a dedicated J Class division. 2014 marked the 25th edition of the competition, which also comprised the fifth running of the much-vaunted Mini Maxi rolex world Championship, so popular on the Med-racing scene. a casual stroll along the docks of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in Porto Cervo during the Maxi Yacht rolex Cup provides ample evidence of the evolution of this regatta: sleek racing yachts constructed from carbon fibre using the latest thinking in technology; tacticians carefully analysing data tracking their yacht’s performance; navigators downloading and studying weather models on tablet devices. evolution is everywhere but other features that have remained consistent since its creation in the 1980s equally define this annual benchmark for maxi-yacht design. the sailing landscape of the Costa Smeralda remains arguably the greatest in the world, the host yacht club a world-renowned and respected establishment, for maxi owners it remains the event in the calendar to win in Med racing circles and it marks one of the longest and most successful relationships in sailing, the partnership between the YCCS and rolex, sponsors of the event since 1985. this year marked the 25th edition of the Maxi Yacht rolex Cup; 35 yachts took part including seven all-out racing Mini Maxis, one of which was internet entrepreneur niklas Zennström’s Rán 5, and the beguiling J-Class boats, replicas or restorations of 1930’s racing yachts and perhaps the very epitome of both evolution and tradition. the competing yachts ranged from 60 to 143-feet – in total measuring nearly one kilometre if lined-up bow to stern; weighing from a slender 16 tonnes to an immense 170 tonnes; and sailed by a combined 724 international sailors. “i’ve been sailing here for about 20 years. this is always the top pick of where we like to sail around the world,” explained brad butterworth, one of many world-class professional sailors in attendance. “the environment of the Costa Smeralda is fantastic: the rock formations, the colour of the water, the wind and sea conditions, there is nowhere as beautiful as this for yacht racing.” in contrast to the raw power and speed of the racing maxis and mini- maxis, the four-strong J Class racing fleet this year provided displays of classical elegance. Sleek lines, SarDINIaN SaILING Carlo Borlenghi Clockwise from right: 35 yachts ranging from 60 to 143-feet took part in this year’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup; The race has evolved into a highly anticipated annual event; Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo hosts the race.
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