Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Dinghy Wetsuits

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Costa Smeralda action on the horizon

by KPMS on 2 Sep 2013
Dockside preparations at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda - 2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi http://www.carloborlenghi.net
The 2013 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup marks the 24th edition of the world’s premiere rendezvous for Maxi yachts held in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Five days of racing on the Costa Smeralda commences tomorrow with 37 eye-catching Maxi yachts (ranging from 60 to a gigantic 157-ft) negotiating an environment as challenging as it is dramatic.

'The two things which make the event unique are the race courses and the participants,' explained Riccardo Bonadeo, Commodore of event organizers Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. 'The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup from the very beginning has always been the event of excellence for ocean-going boats. And the environment is perhaps the most spectacular and technical in the world.' 'Somebody has got to tell me if there is a better place to go sail boat racing than Porto Cervo,' revealed Peter Craig, Principal Race Officer.

'All the owners and sailors look forward to it like no other event. It’s a gorgeous venue with reliable breeze. One group of sailors, the navigators, may be the only people less enthused because there are plenty of rocks to negotiate around the coastline!' The event, co-organized with the International Maxi Association was first held in 1980 and has been the jewel of Rolex’s global yachting portfolio since 1985.

Preparation, whether physical, strategic or tactical, plays a crucial role in the lead up to a contest that demands perfection and where competition across the board is fierce. Crews started the last day before racing undertaking tailor-made fitness regimes onshore before honing starts, manoeuvres, tactics and communication on the water.

The 37-strong fleet comprises 13 yachts competing in the fourth running of the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship. The Class, governed by an owner/driver rule, is in the ascendancy with a host of yachts in contention this year. Ran 2 (GBR) won the first two editions in 2010 and 2011. She narrowly relinquished her title in 2012 on countback to Hap Fauth’s fellow 72-ft Bella Mente (USA). Understandably, Zennström and his crew are determined to reclaim their title. 'The (Mini Maxi) boats are amazingly fun to sail. They are powerful and for monohull sailing boats as good as it gets today,' explained Zennstrom. 'The fleet is getting closer which means there are more boat on boat situations at [mark] roundings, and close crossings, which sharpen your skill as a helmsman.'

Zennström offers a personal insight into what it takes to win such a highly demanding event: 'All teams are good. It’s about making the fewest mistakes. It’s not about trying to win every single race but being consistent and not having any shockers.' Ran 2’s list of rivals is formidable – the aforementioned Bella Mente, Andres Soriano’s brand new Alegre (GBR), together with Caol Ila R (USA), Shockwave (USA) and Stig (ITA).

An absolute contrast to the cut and thrust of the ultra-modern Mini Maxis is provided by the presence of four elegant timeless J-Class yachts, all in excess of 120-ft. Two of which – Shamrock and Velsheda – were first launched over 80 years ago. The sight of these yachts gliding elegantly through the Maddalena Archipelago will provide onlookers with a vista of rare grace. Equally, the talent and technology offered by the Maxi, Supermaxi and Wally classes – showcases for contrasting styles and designs - will provide compelling sailing. The largest attending yacht is the 157-ft Nativa from Italy.

'Weather-wise it’s going to be a little bit of everything, starting off relatively light but towards the end of the week we will see more breeze,' forecast Craig. 'It’s going to be a terrific YCCS Maxi Class

Selden 660x82PredictWind.com 2014Southern Spars - 100

Related Articles

Transat Jacques Vabre – Dick eyes record books
It would be record-breaking victory for Dick, who would become the only person in the history of this double-handed race The podium places look take but behind Des Voiles et Vous!, Three other Imoca finally emerged from the Doldrums last night and have started to accelerate again: Malizia II, Bastide Otio and Initiatives Cœur. They were positioned east and were the big winners.
Posted on 17 Nov
Solo Round the World – François enters Indian Ocean in a record time
The MACIF skipper seemed very confident this Friday morning, telling us about the sensations on board On Thursday, François Gabart entered the Indian Ocean in a record time of 12 days, 22 hours, and 20 minutes. This Friday he is taking advantage of calmer weather to rest up and give his boat a once over.
Posted on 17 Nov
Volvo Ocean Race teams leverage up with crucial 24 hours ahead
Bouwe Bekking's Team Brunel were today the most westerly boat having gybed onto starboard at 0900 UTC For several hours Bekking's Dutch-flagged boat was actually pointing in the opposite direction to Cape Town, much to the amazement of some race fans glued to the tracker.
Posted on 17 Nov
Clipper World Race – Day 17 – Sleigh ride begins ahead of Ocean Sprint
There has been no change to the top of the leaderboard with Sanya Serenity Coast remaining in first place Visit Seattle has moved up the leaderboard into third position and is closely followed by Qingdao, which is playing its Joker, in fourth place. Skipper of Qingdao, Chris Kobusch, said: “We are flying! The westerly winds filled in and we had a great run under spinnaker all day yesterday.”
Posted on 17 Nov
Transat Jacques Vabre – The notorious crossing
As the fleet head south towards the equator, the impact of doldrums has become evident with delayed ETA for next Friday. The stamina and focus required to sail in these extreme conditions has been reportedly “fatiguing”, but the duo are well adjusted to a natural routine that feels “more like home every day”, says Phil.
Posted on 17 Nov
Bermuda lands World Sailing Conference 2019
World Sailing Annual Conference is central meeting point where strategy of sailing is reviewed, discussed and celebrated Building on the legacy of hosting the 35th America’s Cup, the Bermuda Tourism Authority bid to host the prominent group at its Annual Conference in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico earlier this month. Delegates approved Bermuda’s bid by a membership vote on November 12, 2017.
Posted on 17 Nov
Record-breaking Arkema wins Transat Jacque Vabre Multi50
Arkema’s win struck another blow for the underdog in this race as they beat the favourites in to Salvador de Bahia It was ninth-time lucky for the 53-year-old Lalou Roucayrol. When his co-skipper, Karine Fauconnier, was injured in training three months ago, Roucayrol was looking for the best to help win his first Route du Café.
Posted on 17 Nov
Volvo Ocean Race - Fast and tight for the final week to Cape Town
The Volvo Ocean Race fleet continue to be closely bunched on the basis of projected finish times. The Volvo Ocean Race fleet continue to be closely bunched on the basis of projected finish times. Using the routing function of Predictwind.com the fleet is projected to finish within two and a half hours using the PWG weather feed, and within just 28 minutes using the most accurate feed ECMWF. The fleet is now expected to finish in six and a half to seven days time.
Posted on 17 Nov
HUGO BOSS backs Alex Thomson Racing for Vendée Globe 2020
Today we're pleased to announce that our long-term sponsor, HUGO BOSS, has extended its partnership Today we're pleased to announce that our long-term sponsor, HUGO BOSS, has extended its partnership with the team for a further four years, in a deal that will take us through to the end of 2021.
Posted on 17 Nov
Melges 40 Grand Prix continues with Rombelli taking the lead
Melges 40 Grand Prix continues with Rombelli taking the lead Day two in Palma at the 2017 Melges 40 Grand Prix hosted by Real Club Nautico de Palma featured two close races offering up a new provisional leader. Alessandro Rombelli's STIG with tactician Francesco Bruni is now ahead of Japan's Yukihiro Ishida's SIKON with Manu Weiller on tactics by one slim point.
Posted on 17 Nov