sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Rolex Capri Sailing Week's first ever Volcano Race

Rolex Capri Sailing Week's first ever Volcano Race

'Skippers’ Briefing at the Yacht Club Gaeta Clubhouse - Rolex Volcano Race 2011'    Carlo Borlenghi ©

Rolex Capri Sailing Week’s first ever Rolex Volcano Race will take place tomorrow (Tuesday) just outside the picturesque medieval town of Gaeta, Italy.

The fleet, composed entirely of Maxi and Mini Maxi yachts, will start a 400-mile odyssey and witness some of the most stunning scenery in the hauntingly beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea. Crews will race past the Pontine Islands, before turning east to round Capri, for the first time, on this new offshore race.

The yachts will then head south, to the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago just north of Sicily, before heading north to finish the race in Capri, the small and unique island that overlooks the blue water of the Mediterranean, with Naples and Vesuvius looming in the distance.

This dramatic new race is called The Rolex Volcano Race for good reason. Stromboli and Vulcano are both marks of the course and are both active volcanoes; their mesmeric beauty is honoured by Unesco, who has listed both of these awe-inspiring islands as World Heritage sites. Stromboli in particular, is well known to participants of the Rolex Middle Sea Race and many have witnessed its explosive power, as flames of blazing orange shoot skyward.

Today, a skipper’s briefing was held at the Yacht Club Gaeta. Claus-Peter Offen, President of the International Maxi Association was delighted to welcome the competing yachts to the first ever Rolex Volcano Race.

'It is a spectacular race course and a route that I have taken myself, whilst cruising, sadly I am not able to join the race but I am deeply envious of the boats that are competing. The association decided to put forward this race because it is a wonderful place to sail with superb scenery and we are delighted that so many powerful and prestigious yachts are taking part in the first race.'

Skippers’ Briefing at the Yacht Club Gaeta Clubhouse - Rolex Volcano Race 2011 -  Carlo Borlenghi?nid=83860 ©  
A weather briefing by Colonel Filippo Petrucci followed the Skipper’s Briefing. Petrucci is an expert meteorologist who knows the Tyrrhenian Sea extremely well. He predicted a light airs start to the race.

'It is likely that the fleet will experience a light thermal wind at the start from the west, as the yachts go offshore, there should be a gradient breeze developing from the north, which should be around 8-10 knots.

Depending on the course the yachts take, they may well experience this gradient wind offshore for the best part of the following day but if they choose to go inshore there may be more thermal effect from the west.

America’s Cup stalwart, Chris Main will be sailing on Andres Soriano’s Mills 68, Alegre. 'It looks like a light airs race but our weather homework suggests that we should have enough breeze to keep up a relatively good speed.

Probably offshore at night and inshore during the day could be our overall strategy. There are plenty of potential parking spots and we will have to be very careful to avoid them.'

Tonight all of the owners and crew participating in the Rolex Volcano Race are invited to a welcome party, hosted by Rolex and the International Maxi Association.

Aeneas’ Landing is located in a beautiful cove on the Tyrrhenian Sea and surrounded by a golden sand beach, it is an exclusive, luxurious resort village, which is an ideal location to host the participants in the first ever Rolex Volcano Race.

The Rolex Volcano Race opening ceremony will take place tomorrow in the historic Lungomare Caboto in the medieval quarter of old Gaeta. The warning signal for the inaugural Rolex Volcano Race will sound at 3:00 p.m.

The Rolex Capri Sailing Week is organised by the Yacht Club Capri in conjunction with the International Maxi Association and the Yacht Club Gaeta for the Rolex Volcano Race.

YC Capri website
International Maxi Class website




by KPMS

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=83860

12:28 AM Tue 24 May 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World











America's Cup: Five Challengers sign-on for 35th Match by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,


Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad talks Time and Money (Part II) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,


















AWT Quatro Desert Showdown at Punta San Carlos by American Windsurfing Tour,
















America's Cup: Rod Davis - Time for a change after ten years with team *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Maxi yacht rendezvous this September in Sardinia by International Maxi Association,












Challenging Conditions - CORK OCR
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 for the US Sailing Team
2014 Melges 20 World Championship - Countdown begins
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 3
America's Cup: Team NZ wish Davis well with new team *Feature
Fisher's View: Sailing perfection at Hamilton Island- Day 3
Roble and Wilson still number one match racers in the U.S.
2014 Formula Kite World Championship Day 1
IFDS World Championship - Day 1 images by Jude Robertson
Volvo Ocean Race: Forget the f-word - Team SCA profiled
52 Super Series - Fleet grows, 2015 dates revealed
420 and 470 Junior Europeans - Teams from 9 nations on the podium
IFDS Worlds - Former president presented with ISAF awards medal
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Improvements aplenty in Byte CII fleets
America's Cup: New Zealand loses top coach to Artemis Racing
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part I) *Feature
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Day 9 - Swish on record pace
2014 CORK Olympic Classes Regatta - Day 3
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day 2
2014 IFDS World Championship: Opening Ceremony images
Opera House Cup - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Teams descend upon Cowes for inaugural J/111 World Championships   
Hamilton Island Race Week: Everywhere there's smiley people   
IFDS World Championships - US Paralympic hopefuls ready for racing   
Sopot Match Race - Poland's Tour debut deemed a triumph   
Vineyard Race celebrates 80th running of the East Coast classic   
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games: Young sailors begin racing on Lake Jinniu   
AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Victory for Morgan Noireaux   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Day 8: Test of endurance   
Bart's Bash: Over 2300 entered from 588 yacht clubs - Join here   
Halifax ready to welcome the world at 2014 IFDS World Championships   
RC44 World Championship title to Bronenosec + Video   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer   
IFDS Worlds - Gary Jobson to attend opening ceremonies   
Melges 32 U.S. National Championship - Dalton DeVos crowned champion   
2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games trailer   
2014 Chicago Grand Slam - Canfield wins   
Round Britain and Ireland Race - Varuna takes overall lead   
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week; Crosbie Lorimer Day 1 Images   
Fisher's View: Hamilton Island Race Week - Day 1 - Stayin' Alive   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT