From 2nd to 8th September 2018, the famous Porto Cervo marina hosted the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup as usual.
This international race takes place over one week. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the "International Maxi Association" and the Rolex brand organise it. Created in 1980 on AGA KHAN's initiative, this racing week has become a major event in the yachting world, where sailors from around the globe gather to face off on a magnificent body of water. Indeed, the conditions are ideal with a racing area protected by the Maddalena archipelago and wind playing off the landscape, thus making the races truly captivating. Numerous prestigious sailors from the America’s Cup, the Volvo Ocean Race and other renowned races came to lend a hand on board these exceptional yachts united for the occasion. Anachronistic but sharing the same love for performance, we watched the splendid wooden J-Class classics rubbing shoulders with the full carbon Maxi 72 in a perfectly orchestrated ballet.
This year, 5 classes were on the start line:
- The super-maxi: one-off of over 100 feet
- The maxi: between 80 and 100 feet
- The mini-maxi: boats under 80 feet, such as the CNB 76
- The Wally: sailing boats from the eponymous Italian shipyard
- The Maxi 72: carbon racing monotypes
For this 29th edition, we were delighted to sign CNB yachts up among the fleet. For the occasion, the organisers created a CNB yacht builders Cup awarding the CNB 76 participants - Playstation, Aenea and Alamea. A family race that distinguished Playstation, the great winner of the CNB yacht builders cup. Alamea made second position and AENEA was third.
Special congratulations to the owner of Chrisco, the 100 footer one-off CNB yacht, who at the helm of his Maxi 72 Momo, won all the legs of the race in his category!
Once back at the port, the CNB yachts were placed among the other contestants, which was the opportunity for the regatta and fine hull enthusiasts to exchange. Several evenings were organised: a cocktail for the crew at the port's shipyard, and a prize giving ceremony at the marina. Participants enjoyed these friendly, high-quality events.
Seeing the pleasure and motivation of the 3 CNB 76 owners presents this year, next year's goal is to create a CNB yachts builders class, enabling us to have our own start and ranking.
Might you be the next champion?