Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

Rolex Capri Sailing Week - 52 Super Series to join the Maxi fleet

by International Maxi Association on 7 May 2014
Dockside at the Marina Grande, Capri © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo http://www.regattanews.com
The Italian big boat racing season gets underway over 19th-24th May with a new look for Rolex Capri Sailing Week. This year, for the first time, the Maxi yacht fleet is joined by the international grand prix 52 fleet with Rolex Capri Sailing Week being the opening event of the class’ 2014 European circuit - the Barclays 52 Super Series.

Organised by the International Maxi Association (IMA) in collaboration with the Yacht Club Capri (YCC), the event will comprise separate courses for the Maxis and 52 Super Series over the first three days. While the 52s will be racing windward-leewards on the waters off Capri, the Maxis will be competing on the Volcano Race. Provided conditions allow, this will take the Maxis some 130 miles south to the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily, famous for their active volcanoes such as Stromboli, before returning to Capri. For the second half of Rolex Capri Sailing Week, the Maxis will join the 52 Super Series sailing windward-leewards.

The prize fight in the Maxi fleet will be between the racing Mini Maxis, in particular the Judel Vrolijk 72 near sisterships, Jethou and Robertissima III.

Jethou owner Sir Peter Ogden is a regular at Rolex Capri Sailing Week. The reason? 'Capri,' he states simply. 'The Volcano race is nice, but Capri is very attractive and I am looking forward to it. This is one of the five or so events we do every year.'

Roberto Tomasini Grinover, owner of Robertissima III, has similar sentiments about the idyllic island perched off the Sorrento Peninsula, although he admits he’s never sailed out of Capri itself. 'It will be a very nice event,' he says. As to the Volcano Race, he hopes they won’t have a repeat of last year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race when they were becalmed off Stromboli.

Because five of Robertissima III’s key crewmen will be competing in the 52 Super Series, the team will feature some world class replacements for this regatta, including America’s Cup legend Paul Cayard and former Team New Zealand helm Cameron Appleton. However Jethou is no less well stocked in this respect, with four time America’s Cup winner Brad Butterworth calling tactics.

Both boats are relatively new for their crew. The Jethou team only raced their boat (ex-Stig) for the first time at Gaastra PalmaVela last week, while the first outing for Robertissima’s (ex-Rán) was the Rolex Middle Sea Race last autumn.

The Hungarian 60 footer Wild Joe is another Rolex Capri Sailing Week regular. 'We like it very much. It is a nice event and a beautiful place,' says skipper Marton Józsa. 'We are the smallest boat in this fleet and we’re up against some top boats and the top teams, but it will be interesting for us and under IRC we have some chance'.

Also competing in the Mini Maxi class is the former Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing VO70, recently acquired by Frenchman Hubert Wargny and renamed Villa Saxe Eiffel, with a crew including Whitbread Round the World Race winner Lionel Pean.

If conditions are strong, the French VO70 could well be nipping at the heels of the biggest boat in the Maxi fleet, Igor Sim?i?’s European-flagged 100ft maxi Esimit Europa II, where multiple Olympic medallist and America’s Cup winner Jochen Schümann will be calling the shots tactically.

The racing fleet is joined by a number of cruiser racers including the classic Swan 65 and 651, Giuseppe Puttini's Shirlaf and Austrian Marietta Strasoldo's Luz Am Meer and Jeremy Pilkington’s much travelled Baltic 78, Lupa of London.

The Maxi fleet will be divided up into Mini Maxi (18.29 - 24.08m) Racing and Racing/Cruising and Maxi, for yachts of 24.09 - 30.50m.

Nine boats are entered in the Barclays 52 Super Series with the favourites being the American Quantum Racing, victors of the 52 Super Series overall last season and skippered by America’s Cup winning helmsman Ed Baird. They will be up against the local heroes on Alberto Roemmers’ Azzurra on which Vasco Vascotto is calling tactics. However all eyes will be on the latest addition to the fleet, the brand new Brazilian entry Phoenix, skippered by former Star sailor Eduardo de Souza Ramos.

As ever at Rolex Capri Sailing Week, a magnificent social program is being laid on, including a Rolex reception at the Grand Hotel Quisisana on Sunday, 18th May; the Rolex Owners' dinner on 22 May and the ‘Canzone del Mare’ evening on Friday 23th May.

Andrew McIrvine, Secretary General of the International Maxi Association looks forward to the event: 'This is an exciting event for the IMA for a number of reasons. It is now the fourth edition of a new offshore race in the Med. It is a new cooperative venture with the 52 Super Series. Finally it is set in the idyllic location of Capri with all the glamour that we can add with the Maxis and the support of Intl Maxi Class website

Related Articles

Sailing in the Olympics beyond 2016 - A double Olympic medalist's view
Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. Gold and Bronze medalist and multiple world boardsailing/windsurfer champion, Bruce Kendall takes a look at what he believes Sailing needs to do to survive beyond the 2016 Olympics. A key driver is the signalled intention by the International Olympic Committee to select a basket of events that will be contested.
Posted today at 12:16 pm
From Olympic flag to Olympic Gold and maybe another
The Sydney Olympics was a Sailing double 470 Gold event for Australia. Having won the 420 World Championship in 2000, the feeder class to the 470, while still at school in Australia young Matt Belcher was given the honour of carrying the Olympic flag during the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Posted on 28 Apr
The Road to Rio now 99 days short
The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win. The Road to Rio 2016 still has a few curves, bumps and potholes for teams battling to win in Hyeres, at some World championship events and Weymouth World Cup but for many crews: 'It's 106 miles to Chicago we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sunglasses.' Whoops wrong movie.
Posted on 28 Apr
America's Cup - Oracle Racing win in Court but with collateral damage
Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Oracle Racing have had another claim against them by a former crew member dismissed. Mitchell focussed largely on the circumstances of the matter and introduced into the public arena some interesting documents to support his claims.
Posted on 23 Apr
An interview with Jake Beattie about the 2016 Race to Alaska
In 2014, Jake Beattie and a few friends envisioned the Race to Alaska. Now, it’s time this wild race’s second edition. In 2014, Jake Beattie-the executive director of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Washington, and a few friends hatched the bold idea of a human-powered race to Ketchikan, Alaska, took flight. They decided that their human-powered race would start in Port Townsend, Washington and run to Ketchikan, by way of the inside passage between Vancouver Island and British Columbia.
Posted on 14 Apr
Children of the Internet, Rio and Hong Kong
I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. I have four daughters, the youngest, who in her mid 20's is a true child of the Internet. The kind of conversations I have with her run along these lines.... In the olden days we did not have television until I left school and they had a thing called print magazines, that reported events between two weeks and four months after they happened. And her sceptical response... Hoh! Daddy, Hoh!
Posted on 14 Apr
Go fast girls - 49er FX sailors Paris Henken and Helena Scutt
Paris Henken and Helena Scutt will be representing the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, which will be their first Olympiad. American’s Paris Henken (20) and Helena Scutt (23) recently won a berth to represent the USA at the Rio 2016 Olympics in the high-performance 49er FX skiff, a goal that the team has been working on for almost three years. While this is their first Games, writing them off as Olympic newbies would require ignoring their recent results and their strong teamwork.
Posted on 13 Apr
World Sailing Cup V3 - A Dead Rat in a Shoe or Spring Daffodils?
While a host of major sailing events go from strength to strength, the Sailing World Cup has very major issues. Last night my Irish better half was sitting beside me on the sofa watching an Australian version of the popular TV Cooking Program My Kitchen Rules on a tablet with her headphones while I was watching Diehard II for the seventeenth time (it’s a boy thing) on TV. She suddenly spluttered and laughed, took off her headphones and motioned for me to mute Diehard. (Seriously!!)
Posted on 9 Apr
Volvo Ocean Race appoints stadium racing pioneer as new CEO
Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Sail-World forecast the appointment of Mark Turner as Volvo Ocean Race CEO a month ago. We profiled Turner at that time. Today his appointment has been confirmed.
Posted on 31 Mar
Large spectator fleet heading north for boat watching season
I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase, but it is insanely apt and hilarious all at the same time, however. I’m absolutely not going to lay claim to the phrase. It is insanely apt and hilarious, all at the same time, however. Well then, boat watching season is definitely upon us once more. The whales will soon be gathering again off the coast of Queensland to observe all manner of racing and cruising craft as they head North for a Winter in the sun.
Posted on 29 Mar
Kilwell - 3Naiad/Oracle SupplierSouthern Spars - 100