The Italian luxury brand Loro Piana has signed up to be the title sponsor of the Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2012 organized by Boat International Media and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.
Loro Piana has a long standing family passion for sailing and the core values of this unique sport are reflected in the company philosophy: the search for technical perfection in harmony with nature. Over the years Loro Piana has created a unique range dedicated to the world of the sea and sailing, such as the Defender line sported by the New Zealand team in its America’s Cup victory.
The Caribbean experience is a natural extension of the relationship established with the organizers since 2008, which over the last four years has witnessed Loro Piana’s involvement in the Superyacht Regatta held annually at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
The newly titled Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous will be the first international event to be held at the new Caribbean Clubhouse of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda – a perfect entertainment platform in the idyllic waters of the British Virgin Islands.
A spectacular fleet of sailing and motor yachts will be taking part, including both classic and modern designs. The 138′ sailing yacht Hanuman, designed by Dykstra & Partner and built by Royal Huisman, returns to defend her title against the Farr 115′ Sojana sailing yacht, which placed third in the spinnaker class in the inaugural event last year. Both yachts can expect to be tested by others in class including the Wally 101′ yacht Indio, division winner in the 2011 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta in Porto Cervo, and the 163′ superyacht Zefira, another veteran of the 2011 Caribbean event. The challenge for the cup in the non-spinnaker class will be tight as S/Y Lady B, designed by Dubois and built by Fitzroy Yachts, enters the race with plans to improve on last year’s second place.
Motor yacht owners will also be able to enjoy the action on the water, witnessing the spectacle of the sailing fleet from close quarters against the breath-taking scenery of the archipelago. Both motor and sailing yacht owners, their families or charter guests will enjoy a varied and exciting social programme of fun activities, great parties, traditional Caribbean entertainment and delicious cuisine. Highlights include an exclusive dinner hosted by Loro Piana in the new Clubhouse, a Louis XIII tasting experience, a cruise in company to Peter Island for a fabulous lunch at a cliff top villa with BVI Tourism, a Mount Gay cocktail competition on the dock and a pirate themed tender treasure hunt around North Sound.
Late entries are still being considered and interested yachts should register online without delay. The event is open to sailing and motor yachts with a LOA over 80′ and the Notice of Race is now available to download online.
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