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  • Writer's pictureDavid Connolly

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2023

One of the most eye-catching and revered annual competitions in sailing, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup marks its 33rd edition this year. The regatta and its organizer, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), have both been partnered by Rolex since the mid-1980s. One of the cornerstones of the event’s continued success and evolution has been the longevity of this partnership. An impressive fleet of maxi yachts, measuring from 18.29 metres (60 feet) to more than 40 metres (131 feet) in length, will grace the breath-taking waters of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda for five days of racing, which start on Sunday, 3 September. Intense competition is guaranteed with yachts crewed by elite sailing talent and passionate owners. Thanks to the YCCS race management team, supported by the International Maxi Association, a recognized leader in its field, the week of competition is impeccably conducted. Discover more

Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. The Swiss watchmaker naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and the brand’s enduring partnership now encompasses the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas, as well as towering figures in the sport, including ground-breaking round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie. Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting SailGP global championship in which national teams race identical supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron, among others, are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.

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