Quality fleet signs up for Rolex Capri Sailing Week

The 19th May kicks off the start of the first event in Rolex’s Mediterranean yachting season, the Rolex Capri Sailing Week. Now in its 10th edition, the 2014 event comprises six days of close racing both inshore and offshore, including the Volcano Race from Capri to the Aeolian Islands and back.

Organisers The International Maxi Association and the Yacht Club Capri have divided the entries into three different classes: Mini Maxi (18.29m to 24.08m), Maxi (24.09m-30.5m) and TP52 (15.85m). 21 crews from 11 different countries have accepted the challenge.

For the first time, the Rolex Capri Sailing Week adds the competitive TP52 class, with nine boats from seven different nations. The list of participants includes Alberto Roemmers’ Azzurra (ITA); Doug DeVos’ Quantum Racing (USA); Michele Galli’s B2 (ITA), overall winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013; and Niklas Zennström’s Rán (SWE), whose team has won three Mini Maxi Rolex World Championships.

Racing starts for the Maxi fleet on 19th May at 10:00 CEST with the challenging Volcano Race, a 250-300 nautical mile offshore race between Capri and the volcanic Aeolian Islands. The TP52s will make their debut on 20th May with the first in a series of inshore and coastal races. All the week’s winners will be announced on 24th May during the prize giving ceremony held at the Marina Grande.

By Gemma Fottles

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