PORTO CERVO, ITALY – The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s (YCCS) inaugural Boat International Superyacht Regatta, scheduled for 22-26 June, has guaranteed its first-year success with a roster of impressive entrants, a world-class alliance of hosts and organizers, and a breathtaking setting.
“With 30 boats registered to date, this could well be the largest collection of racing superyachts on the water for 2008,” said YCCS Commodore Ricardo Bonadeo. “It may also be the most complex in terms of showcasing design and technology.”
Among the famed builders represented on the entry list are Alloy Yachts, Baltic, Pendennis, Perini Navi, Southern Wind, Swan, Vitters, and Wally, while the list of designers and naval architects merely begins with Briand, Dubois, Frers, Reichel/Pugh, Tripp and Judel/Vrolijk. The largest yacht competing is Lang Walker’s 52-metre (170′) Kokomo, while the smallest is Pegaso Srl’s 23.80-metre (78′) Acaia Cube. Other notable entries are the 30-metre (98′) Alfa Romeo; the 35-metre (115′) Hamilton II; the 24-metre (79′) Highland Fling X; the 46.2-metre (152′) Lulworth; the 28.80-metre (95′) Magic Carpet2; the 46.21-metre (152′) Pink Gin; the 44-metre (145′) Salperton; the 42-metre (138′) Senso One; the 34.97-metre (115′) Sojana; and the 30.5-metre (100′) Wally Y3K.
The Boat International Superyacht Regatta celebrates the Silver Jubilee (25th Anniversary) of Boat International Media’s group of publications serving the superyacht industry. The event is to become an annual event, bringing together the expansive knowledge and commitment of Boat International Media with the expertise of the YCCS, whose worldwide reputation rests on running world-class regattas in the pristine surroundings of northern Sardina’s “Emerald Coast.”
“The timing of the Boat International Superyacht Regatta fits in with the summer schedule of YCCS and ties in with other superyacht events for the season,” said Tony Harris, CEO of Boat International Media. “As a leading magazine in the field of luxury yachting, we cannot think of a more recognizable partner than Yacht Club Costa Smeralda when it comes to the procurement of spectacular style.”
Headquarters for the event will be the YCCS clubhouse in Porto Cervo, renovated by world-renowned New York architect Peter Marino and revered as one of the most beautifully functional buildings of its kind in the world. The YCCS Marina, purpose-built to accommodate superyachts, will berth the entries. As is traditional during YCCS regattas, the Clubhouse and all related facilities will be open to owners and their guests for the duration of the event.
Racing on coastal courses begins Monday, June 23 and continues through Thursday, June 26, with a lay day scheduled for Wednesday, June 25.
Trophies include the Boat International Silver Jubilee Cup (commissioned by Garrard, the Crown jewellers and maker of the America’s Cup), and historic YCCS partner and Official Timekeeper, Rolex, will award a timepiece to the best overall yacht. A special SWS Trophy will go to the best-scored Southern Wind Yacht and the IMA Trophy to the best-scored IMA (International Maxi Association) member yacht. YCCS Official Automotive Partner Audi will also award special prizes on Audi Race Day, scheduled for Monday, June 23.
The superyachts will return to YCCS in September for the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and in November for the second annual Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, which covers 2700 miles from Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands) to St. Maarten (Netherlands Antilles).
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