Record gathering of Perini Navi superyachts to race in Porto Cervo
Photo by Carlo Borlenghi
Close to two dozen Perini Navi sailing yachts will grace the quays of Porto Cervo’s New Marina for the third edition of the Perini Navi Cup scheduled to take place from September 3-5, 2009. The event, which combines a rendezvous for owners with spectacular racing aboard these technologically groundbreaking sailing giants, has seen highly successful editions in 2004 and 2006 and in 2009 will be organized for the first time by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
The fleet of superyachts will range from the 24.5 metre Elettra, launched in 1987, to the incomparable 88 metre Maltese Falcon, launched in 2006, with 20 of the participating yachts measuring more than 40 metres in length. The striking Maltese Falcon boasts a revolutionary free-standing square rig that sees three 55-metre tall rotating masts carry the yacht’s 15 sails which can be independently furled and unfurled using computer-operated winches. The Maltese Falcon is the embodiment of the Perini Navi philosophy which marries cutting edge technology with superior standards in design and comfort, eliciting numerous international accolades for both her engineering and interior design.
The fleet will also include the very latest Perini Navi design: the 56 metre aluminium ketch Riela was launched in April and officially handed over to her owner on June 4 and will be cruising in the Mediterranean before attending the Perini Navi Cup. The 40 metre ketch Clan VI, launched in 1984, is the archetype of the Perini family and will be participating in Porto Cervo after having recently completed a round the world voyage.
The Perini fleet will take part in two days of racing on the crystalline waters of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda. Coastal courses will be set using the many granite islands and islets of the La Maddalena archipelago as natural marks. The prevailing Mistral winds which have made the regatta course off Porto Cervo one of the world’s most famous, combined with the stunning natural backdrop and a record gathering of Perini Navi should certainly make for magnificent sailing. Once ashore, owners, guests and crews will be kept busy with a full social programme that includes a welcome cocktail reception, a cocktail competition among onboard chefs, and a gala dinner and prize giving ceremony at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Clubhouse.
Marina Yachting, Rolex, Axa, Acqua di Parma, Pommery, Icet and Audi are sponsors of the Perini Navi Cup 2009.