Yacht Club Costa Smeralda program

The world's most glamorous yacht club announces its 2004 race program

Sunday February 15th 2004, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is pleased to announce that it has finalised its 2004 regatta schedule. Just as in 2003, it is an ambitious programme of activity: 15 events will be held from April to October, reaffirming the Club's status as an organiser of some of the world's most impressive international yachting events.

Rolex S.A. will once again be an important partner, supporting four of the season's major events: the Rolex IMS Offshore Worlds in Capri (May), the Sardinia Rolex Cup (June), the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup (both September).

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Rolex's first participation in a YCCS event: the Rolex Swan World Cup in 1984. Twenty years on and Rolex is once again title sponsor to the Swans, emphasising the empathy between the international sport of sailing and this prestigious Swiss brand.

The Sardinia Rolex Cup (19-26 June) forms an important part in the 2004 international yachting calendar; following the ISAF and ORC annual meetings in November 2003, it was designated the first ISAF Offshore Team World Championship. Each nation team participating at the Sardinia Rolex Cup 2004 will comprise three yachts: an IMS yacht (between GPH 575 and GPH 420), a Swan 45 and a Farr 40. The Cup will continue to be held in its traditional biennial cycle maintaining its important position in the international sailing world. Significantly, the USA (which won the event in 2002) has already announced its participation with a highly qualified team.

The first important regatta event in 2004, the Rolex IMS World, will be organised by the YCCS together with the Yacht Club of Capri. It will take place from 15-22 May and, for the first time, under the Codex of classifications ISAF, mainly for the category 'corinthian' (ie non-professionals).

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