Anniversary year program finalised

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is 40 this year and has a bumper crop of events

Thursday March 29th 2007, Author: Jill Campbell, Location: Italy
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda presented its sailing calendar at Milan’s Leonardo da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology this morning. 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the Club’s foundation and the YCCS sporting calendar reflects the vital position on the international sailing panorama that the Club has gained in its first 40 years. Events will run from May to October this year and include European and World Championships as well as all the traditional YCCS regattas.

The YCCS sporting season starts with the Rolex Capri Sailing Week, organised in collaboration with the Yacht Club Capri. This will see Capri’s Marina Grande host One Design Farr 40 and Swan 45 yachts as well as the Mini-Maxi class and craft from the Comar shipyard from 15 to 19 May.

The YCCS returns to Porto Cervo for the busy month of June opening with the Pantaenius Grand Soleil Cup (30 May to 2 June), the biennial regatta which reunites the range of designs from the Cantiere del Pardo shipyard in the waters off the Costa Smeralda. The Rolex Settimana delle Bocche then returns for its first edition in the new June slot (4 to 9 June) and this year will be represent not only the second leg of the Farr 40 European Circuit, but also the Rolex Farr 40 European Championship. The Settimana delle Bocche was the first international regatta organised by the YCCS in 1972 and Rolex has been its title sponsor since 2005. June will conclude with the Coppa Europa Smeralda 888, an Interclub event open to Members of the Gstaad, Monaco, New York and Costa Smeralda Yacht Clubs as well as the Royal Yacht Squadron of Cowes. During the traditional Italian holiday period in August the YCCS collaborates in the organization of the Trofeo Formenton held in Porto Rafael (20 August).

September will see the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s organisational skills put to the test when it holds no less than five events. The month kicks off in grand style with the traditional Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (2-8) which promises to see another record fleet of the world’s largest sailing yachts in Porto Cervo. Maxi owners will be looking to remain in Porto Cervo, however, in order to participate in a one day series of IMA Match Races (9 September) and, of course, in the YCCS 40th Anniversary Regatta (10 September). The Anniversary regatta will take place in and around the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago and will see the historic12 metre Class joining the Maxis and a host of owners and boats which have featured prominently in the history of the YCCS. The celebrations will be completed with a spectacular crew party to be held on the Piazza Azzurra overlooking Porto Cervo Marina. Following immediately on from the Anniversary Regatta, the Rolex Veteran Boat Rally (11 to 15 September) for vintage and classic yachts will provide stunning viewing for sailing enthusiasts. Sailors and spectators alike will have brief pause to recuperate before another Rolex event (the Swiss firm has been supporting YCCS events for more than twenty years) in the form of the Rolex TP52 Global Championship (21 to 29 September). This is the second Global Championship for the rapidly expanding TP52 fleet and competition is sure to be fierce.

The YCCS Sporting Calendar extends into October for another World Championship and the final event of the season: the Moby Mumm 30 World Championship (1-7 October).

2007 will also be an important year for the YCCS Scuola della Vela sailing school as it joins the Luna Rossa Sailing Schools partnership which aims to allow as many people as possible, and in particular young people, to experience the thrill of sailing.

"We are delighted to have such a challenging and varied calendar in this, our fortieth anniversary year," confirmed YCCS Commodore Gianfranco Alberini. "The Club has strived from the outset to promote international sailing events in the Mediterranean and the calibre of our 2007 schedule reflects our achievements in these first forty years. I just hope the next forty years are every bit as enjoyable!"

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