Published: Thursday, 23 August 2018

The 29th Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup from September 2-8 will feature 44 yachts ranging in size from just over 18m (60ft) to 44m (144ft), on the waters of the Costa Smeralda.

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(Photos: Rolex)

Among the returning J Class, two competing yachts are new builds, featuring latest construction techniques and sail technology, but based on original 1930s designs. The biggest of the three Js entered is Svea at 43.6m (143ft), with Topaz just under a metre shorter at 42.7m (140ft). Velsheda, named after commissioning owner W. L. Stephenson’s three daughters – Velma, Sheila and Daphne, is not just the smallest at 39.65m (130ft), but also the oldest, which was launched in 1933.

Svea, Topaz and Velsheda will race in the Supermaxi division, open to boats measuring in excess of 30.5m (100ft). They will be joined by two other yachts: the 39.65m (130ft) My Song, for her first Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, as well as the perennial campaigner, the 36m (118ft) Viriella.

The six participating Wally yachts offer a contrast in length, weight and crew size to the J Class. Tango, launched in 2017 for example, is at 30.48m in length and 47.5 tonnes in displacement compared to the 175 tonnes of Topaz. This year marks Tango’s debut at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

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(Magic Carpet Cubed)

The Wally fleet is enhanced by two other 30.48m (100ft) Wallycentos: Magic Carpet Cubed, a class winner at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in 2014, is joined by Galateia, a winner in 2017.

The largest class of competing yachts will be the Mini Maxis, measuring between 18 and 24m (60-80ft). The class will be divided into two principal divisions: Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship and Racing/Cruising.

The remaining entrants fall into the Maxi division, open to yachts between 24m and 30.5m (80-100ft), such as Rambler, the canting-keeled line honours winner at the 2017 Rolex Fastnet, first finisher at the last three Rolex Middle Sea Races, and overall winner of the 2018 RORC Caribbean 600 where Rolex is again the official timepiece.

Organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and the International Maxi Association, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is the second longest-running event in the Rolex yachting portfolio. Rolex has been the Title Sponsor of this regatta since 1985.