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  • Writer's pictureDavid Connolly


The 33rd edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup has gathered an impressive fleet of 48 yachts all over 18 metres (60 feet) in length. Organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, in conjunction with the International Maxi Association, this annual gathering has been closely partnered by Rolex for close to 40 years. Entries represent the full breadth and depth of the maxi class, including for the first time a contingent of maxi multihulls. Racing is set against the spectacular backdrop of the Costa Smeralda. Early racing encountered in a mix of sublime and challenging conditions. 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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