Twenty-seven of the most spectacular sailing yachts on the water are today berthed in Porto Cervo, eagerly anticipating the first day of racing at the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2011. Edoardo Recchi, Sports Director at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda comments: 'We are very happy to have twenty-seven superyachts racing at the 2011 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. Having new boats like Twizzle and Zefira and several boats that are attending for the first time like Marie is very pleasing: this event is attracting a very large and exciting fleet to our waters.'
As the yachts begin to arrive, registration is underway in the Piazza Azzurra and crew are busily making their final preparations for the first race, scheduled to commence at 12:00 tomorrow. The expert Race Committee at the YCCS will select the courses daily depending on the forecast. The idyllic conditions and the striking natural beauty of the region make Costa Smeralda a favourite sailing destination of both owners and crew, with islands and rocks acting as natural markers dotted in the emerald waters off the Sardinian coast.
In the interests of safe racing and in particular collision avoidance, the ISAF Executive Committee has authorised some changes to the sailing instructions to accommodate safety initiatives from the newly formed Superyacht Racing Association. Most notably, yachts in the cruising class are obliged to maintain a 40 metre separation and communicate their intention via VHF radio when they are close to this minimum separation area.
This evening, the Captains’ Briefing will take place at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda – founded in 1967 by H.H. the Aga Khan and renowned as one of the finest yacht clubs in the world – followed by a Welcome Cocktail for owners and their guests on the poolside terrace overlooking the magnificent fleet berthed in the marina below.
As well as four days of thrilling action on the water, guests can look forward to a glamorous social programme including the infamous Owners’ Beach Party at the exclusive Hotel Romazzino and the Loro Piana Owners' Dinner.