The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) is pleased to unveil the all-new Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup. This new Caribbean Maxi regatta will take place in the fabulous British Virgin Islands yacht vacation location – Virgin Gorda from April 4 to 9, 2016.
The five-day regatta will run on coastal courses set within the Virgin Islands archipelago and yachts will be divided into categories ranging from the Mini Maxi and Maxi 72 classes to Supermaxis with Wally and J-Class yachts also expected to take part in the regatta. The event will be organized with the support of the International Maxi Association.
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup will take place biennially starting in 2016 on alternate years to the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean. The original Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup hosted by Porto Cervo continues to attract innovative and highly competitive fleets of Maxi racers with some particularly remarkable yachts expected for the 2015 edition, running from September 6 to 12.
YCCS Commodore, Riccardo Bonadeo, explained the thinking behind the new event: “Our activities in Virgin Gorda have been in continuous expansion since we inaugurated our Clubhouse there in 2012. In addition to a full sporting programme in Porto Cervo, we now organize three to four major regattas in the Caribbean Sea during the winter months. In recent years we have received numerous requests from owners for a Maxi event in the Caribbean. Given that the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is possibly the event that best embodies our sporting DNA, exporting this classic event to the other side of the Atlantic is the logical next step. We have already successfully transferred our organizational know-how with events such as the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean, and the addition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Caribbean Cup to our calendar will, I’m sure, be a highlight of the winter racing season.”