The 31st Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo gets underway at midday today after the skippers brief and cocktail party last night. The event, which is organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda with the support of Rolex and the International Maxi Association, will see 44 yachts competing in races throughout the week, concluding this Saturday. Photo: Studio BorlenghiIn order to comply with regulations established by the YCCS in reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic, the organisers have taken the decision to carry out only coastal races. This means that yachts can be crewed by fewer hands than on windward-leeward courses. There will be only two windward-leeward courses for the Mini-Maxi 1 class.
The fleet has been divided into three divisions, Supermaxi, Maxi and Mini-Maxi due to the variety of yachts participating in this year’s event. The rating system for calculating scores will be the IRC, with the exclusion of the Supermaxi class where the ORC system will be used, specially designed for the largest racing boats.Photo: Studio BorlenghiAmong the Supermaxi yachts are J-Class vessels Topaz and Velsheda. They are joined by the 33.9-metre Geist, a modern yacht with classic lines, the 35.2-metre Shamanna and the 36-metre Viriella, owned by YCCS member Vittorio Moretti and with Mauro Pelaschier at the helm.Photo: Carlo BorlenghiThe Maxi class includes the 30.5-metre Comanche in the hands of a new owner. The same class will be home to Arca SGR, owned by Guido Miani and fronting an Italian-Monegasque crew led by Furio Benussi, as well as Rambler 88 and the Wallycentos Galateia, owned by David Leusschen, and Magic Carpet Cubed. The Swan 98' BeCool will also be making her debut at the event, and will be up against her closest rival, the Wally Y3K. Photo: Carlo BorlenghiYCCS Commodore, Michael Illbruck remarks: “The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is a reference point in terms of international yachting, as well as the regatta of the year at the YCCS. Seeing the docks filled once again with these boats, at the cutting edge of naval design, and sailors famous all over the world over for their outstanding curriculums, is truly wonderful. We would like to thank Rolex, an institutional partner of the Club for over three decades now, and the International Maxi Association, for their constant support. On behalf of the YCCS I want to welcome the owners and crews and wish all of them fair winds for this special 31st edition of the event.”