by Cailah Leask
Rolex Swan Cup 2012, being held from 10th to 16th September, entries are now officially open. Held every two years since 1984, the world famous yacht racing regatta sits at the pinnacle of the Nautor’s Swan calendar attracting Swan yachts from the across globe to congregate for seven days of sailing and socialising.
Rolex Swan Opening Reception at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda - Rolex Swan Cup 2012
The esteemed Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, at the very epicentre of cosmopolitan, high profile yachting and known as the spiritual home to Nautor’s Swan, will again host the Swan fleets within Italian waters. Competitors will experience the glamour of Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
The Swan fleets comprising of current and more traditional styles across a diverse range of sizes will again be run as four different race classes. For many race crews it is the ultimate event to win in their specific class with a competitive approach to claiming some of the world’s most stunning silverware. The most eye catching of all trophies, the Gold Cup, is awarded to the top Swan 45 yacht. The Rolex Swan Cup includes the Swan 45 World Championships, producing an intense set of races and jubilant victor.
The Rolex Swan Cup Rendezvous Programme will also be in full swing for those owners who prefer a more relaxed approach to their Italian trip. This will co-ordinate cruises to secluded anchorages and beach side socialising for all age groups.
A full on-shore social agenda is also an important ingredient in Rolex Swan Cup festivities. This starts with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s elegant, outdoor opening cocktail reception and then leads into the fun of the crew party with both old and new friends meeting from across the globe. Daily refreshments are also available straight after racing at the Piazza Azzurra, the centre of all the action with an electric atmosphere. The festival activities continue into an all-inclusive prize giving on the last day of the event to celebrate together.
All Swan owners are also invited to the much sought after Rolex Owner’s Dinner hosted around the swimming pool at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda where they have the chance to share experiences with each other in relaxed, intimate surroundings.
The Rolex Swan Cup has a continuous track record in supporting the largest of all Swan event entries, with Swan owners delighting in bringing large crews as well as extended family and friends to enjoy not only the favourable warm climate and outstanding yachting conditions but also the local charm and hospitality of the region.
Nautor Swan website
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda website