Marina Yachting Sardinia Cup

It's not an Admiral's Cup year, and it's September, so it must be the Sardinia Cup

Tuesday September 12th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
Porto Cervo, Sardinia has been the focus of plenty of big boat sailing in the last few weeks, with both the Swan Cup and the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. And on Tuesday, the Marina Yachting Sardinia Cup opens with a couple of inshore races. That's followed by a 120 mile offshore, and three more inshores over Friday and Saturday.
Only five teams have fronted up for the event, two Italian, one Spanish, one Swiss and an American. With two or three boats constituting a team, the boats on the line barely struggle into the teens. There are some good boats and sailors - Brava Q8 with Paul Cayard and Flavio Favini aboard; Merit Cup with Vasco Vascotto and Murray Jones; along with Bouwe Bekking, Tommaso Chieffi and Pedro Campos spread through the rest. The Swiss team will also include elements of Bertelli's new America's Cup Challenge - i.e. the old Team New Zealand. But I can't help thinking that this is taking the quality is more important than quantity ethic a little too far. Still, I guess they are competing for attention with the Olympics.

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