Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup to return to Porto Cervo
Published: Thursday, 16 March 2017
The 28th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will return to Porto Cervo, Sardinia from Sep 3-9, open only to yachts over 18.29m/60ft.
(Photos: Carlo Borlenghi / Rolex - Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2016)
First held in 1980, it has been organised by the International Maxi Association and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Rolex has been a partner of the club since 1984 and Title Sponsor of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup since 1985.
Mike Sanderson, former Rolex World Sailor of the Year, said: “This event sees successful businessmen and multiple world champion sailors racing against each other. Everyone is used to winning.”
Recent editions have witnessed the participation of many of high-profile designs: Wallycentos, to Swan 115 Supermaxis and fully custom-racing boats, such as Rambler 88.
Founded in 1999, Wally yachts are high performance cruisers typified by expansive decks and aggressive hull lines concealing chic interiors. The latest evolution in this tech-driven, accomplished fleet is the 100ft Wallycento.
Maxi yacht design has come a long way since the early days of this event, according to Jim Pugh of Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design: “Initially, Maxis were heavy displacement, fixed keel boats with a fairly shallow draft. Those racing in Porto Cervo (today) are unrecognisable from their predecessors.”
Andrew McIrvine, General Secretary of the International Maxi Association, said: “For over 30 years, this regatta has been the showcase for the Maxis.”
The Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship will be held during the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Niklas Zennström’s Rán 2 and Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente hold the record for the most victories in the Maxi 72 Rolex World Championship with three successes apiece. Bella Mente is the defending champion.
Vasco Vascotta, Tactician, said: “The Maxi 72s are simply the top boats that exist in monohull racing. The boats are powerful, great to sail and versatile. The owner/driver rule encourages the owners to go out and win.”
After five days of competition, the individual class winners will be rewarded for their triumph with Rolex timepieces.
(Hap Fauth, owner of Bella Mente, received Rolex timepiece and the Maxi 72 World Champion Trophy)