September 9, 2017, was the final day of racing in the 28th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (Porto Cervo) in collaboration with Title Sponsor Rolex and the International Maxi Association.
The winners of the respective Classes were: Momo (Maxi 72 and best-placed yacht owned by a YCCS member), Ribelle (Supermaxi), Highland Fling XI (Maxi), Galateia (Wally), Jethou (Mini Maxi R), Supernikka (Mini Maxi RC1) and H2O (Mini Maxi RC2).
The prize ceremony in Piazza Azzurra saw the participation of a huge crowd and the attendance of His Highness Aga Khan IV and his daughter, Princess Zahra Aga Khan. YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo declared: “It has been an intense week of racing. Optimal conditions and the Costa Smeralda’s natural beauty are the elements that make this location uniquely suited for events like the Maxis, one of the most important events on the Med sailing calendar. This year’s 28th edition has been remarkable in that it brought fifty yachts to Porto Cervo in the year of our fiftieth anniversary and this coincidence has only added to the joy of our celebration. One of the most significant aspects of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is the passion for sailing that’s so strong it’s almost contagious. I want to thank our partner Rolex who supports us and shares our passion for sailing and the ocean, and I also want to thank the owners, their crews, the Race Committee, the International Jury and all the YCCS staff for making this event a success since 1980.”
September 10th the YCCS 50th Anniversary Regatta was held with a large and varied fleet participating. Some of the smaller J/70s are now getting ready to race in tomorrow’s Audi J/70 World Championship.
Source: Yacht Club Costa Smeralda