We take a look at the best of this year’s Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup.
From the 5th to 11th and then the 13th to 19th September 2010, the toast of the sailing world flocked to Porto Cervo, Sardinia for the annual Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup followed by the Rolex Swan Cup. Despite 30-knot mistral winds gusting in to upset racing on the final day of the Swan Cup, the two weeks saw some wonderfully competitive battles.
Powerful yachts cut through the Mediterranean waters with grace and agility, whilespectators looked on from one of the most beautiful stretches of Italy’s coast.Nestling in a beautiful and perfectly sheltered harbour, Porto Cervo is one of the Mediterranean’s most welcoming ports, with seas sparkling by day and the lights of boats twinkling by night.
The beauty of the spot was not lost on the competitors themselves, who reveled in the turquoise waters and sunny skies. EnricoScerni, winner of the Club Swan 42 class and a Porto Cervo veteran, expressed what many at the event seemed to be feeling: ‘This spot is marvelous, one of the best spots to sail. It was a perfect week with marvelous weather. We had a very nice coastal race, some good competition and a lot of fun.’
A final day of great sailing brought the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2010 to a close with the victory of EsimitEuropa 2 (Racing & Racing Cruising), Hetairos (Super Maxi), Ranger (Super Maxi & J Class) and Y3K (Wally) in their respective divisions. NiklasZennstrom’s Ran has been crowned Mini Maxi Rolex World Champion in the inaugural edition of the class championship.
The winners at this year’s Rolex Swan Cup were DaniloSalsi’s DSK PioneerInvestments (ITA) in the Maxi class, Peter Simon’s Monsoon Jaguar (GBR) in the Classic class, P.H.J. Bakker’s SilverenSwaen (NED) in the Grand Prix class, EnricoScerni’sKora 4 (ITA) in the Club Swan 42 class and HendrikBrandis’ Earlybird (GER).