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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is widely regarded as the perfect sailing package, combining first-class organization, a majestic sailing environment and the world’s leading maxi yachts and professional crews. Since its foundation, it has been the showcase for the evolution in maxi yacht design and technology. The 2023 edition was a memorable one as four days of racing offered the full repertoire of the Costa Smeralda sailing experience – from the strong breeze, big waves and robust sea of the regatta’s initial exchanges to the light, unstable conditions that closed proceedings. At the end of the series of races, the six class winners were: Galateia (Maxi Class A), Bella Mente (Class B), Spirit of Lorina (Class C), Y3K (Supermaxi), Svea (J Class) and Allegra (Maxi multihull). Rolex and the event’s organizer, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), have enjoyed a close partnership since the early 1980s, as part of the brand’s wide-ranging support for yachting dating back more than 60 years. 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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