Organisers of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Swan Cup have acknowledged that these two significant events will take place in Porto Cervo, Italy. The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed most of the maxi-yacht racing events of 2020, just like it did with other organised sports. Despite that fact, organisers have decided to go ahead with the maxi yacht racing event, and they are doing this to persevere the sport.
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will occur from August 30 to September 4. On the other hand, the Rolex Swan Cup will take place from September 5 to September 13. And the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda as well as IMA or International Maxi Association will organise both events.
However, this is known to be the 31st version of Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and organisers are expecting it to be a smaller version of earlier events. It is obvious due to the prosecuted measures relating the coronavirus.
Secretary-General of International Maxi Association, Andrew McIrvine stated –
“With the requirement to obey Covid-19 avoidance measures, including social distancing and avoidance of gatherings, crews will typically remain in their ‘bubbles’ from villa to yacht with virtually no wider interaction. The racing will still be good. We have made special provision for reduced crew number with extra adjustments of time correction for yachts taking that option.”
Big Sailing Yachts Will Maintain Social Distance within a Small Team
For the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Swan Cup events, twenty yachts are known to have signed up to participate. And it includes the currently unleashed 142ft Canova, many 60footers and super sailing vessels Adalberto and Leopard 3.
However, this year, fewer of the biggest fleets will participate in the event, including multiple 72footers and 100footers. Why? Crews typically fly in from all over the world. But due to the restrictions concerning coronavirus, the participation of International teams is prohibited or impractical.
Now, the Rolex Swan Cup race will take place one day after the end of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. The event will have over 60 Nautor’s Swan yachts across seven classes, including the brand new Swan 98. Interestingly, many of these Swans will also participate in the Maxi Yacht race.
One of the sailors Alex Schaerer asserted –
“This year the old wisdom that to participate is way more important than to win is truer than ever.”
However, Alex will sail his “Strathisla” Swan 90 in both the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Rolex Swan Cup events. He further added –
“We think for Italy this makes an important statement that events like the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup are back. We are doing this for the beauty of our sport and for Sardinia.”
Luigi Sala is another sailor, who will campaign the “Yoru” 62-fleet in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup said –
“We doubted we could come, but when we heard the race was still on, we confirmed our participation. We wanted to help set an example to show that things are gradually returning to normal. Yoru has a motto which is, ‘always do your most without expecting anything in return.”
However, Andrew McIrvine concluded that they are happy and motivated because both events will have so many participants despite the stringent restrictions associated with COVID-19.
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2020
Thanks to the fascinating coastal program and challenging competitions, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup appeals to numerous sailing fanatics across the world. The more interesting fact is that this regatta serves as an excellent scope for novices to master the basics of yachting and acquire valuable experience.
Furthermore, it is also a regatta place where one can manifest the current trends in the design and construction of maxi yachts.
The Rolex Swan Cup
The Rolex Swan Cup is one of the most attractive events in the world, and this year, it will be the 21st edition of this unavoidable regatta. It is perceived as a tradition, spirited racing and a feast of sportsmanship.
Crews who participate in the event are full of energy to confront an exciting week of challenges. They will pace themselves against their friends-cum-competitors as well as relax with guests and families in the Sardinian paradise.
No doubt, both the regatta will again prove to be one of the most spectacular and awaited sailing experiences.