Since 2005, the paradisiacal island of Capri has acted as the unique venue to host Rolex Capri Sailing Week, a yearly rendezvous for first-class yachts and sailors from all over the world. The traditional opener for Rolex’s Mediterranean yachting calendar celebrates its 10th edition from 19-24 May.
Competing yachts will be divided into three different classes: Mini Maxi (18.29m to 24.08m), Maxi (24.09m-30.5m) and TP52 (15.85m). Action on the water starts with the Maxi fleet 19 May with the emblematic ‘Volcano Race’, a 250-300 nautical mile offshore race to the volcanic Aeolian Islands and back. The TP52 fleet will make its debut the next day with the first in a series of inshore and coastal races. All the week’s winners will be announced on 24 May during the prize giving ceremony held at the Marina Grande.
21 crews from 11 countries have so far registered to take part. Maxi fleet will range from the 30.5m/100ft Slovenian entry Esimit Europa 2, campaigned by Igor Simcic, down to the 18.57m Italian entry Good Job Guys. Esimit Europa 2 won monohull line honours at the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race and is the current race record holder at the Giraglia Rolex Cup.
While the action on the water is guaranteed, the 2014 Rolex Capri Sailing Week also promises an inviting programme of activities ashore in the idyllic environment of Capri.