The fleet of luxury sailing yachts gathered at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) Marina in the enchanting Sardinia yacht vacation location – Porto Cervo, ready to start the 2015 Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. The popular four-day race is set to kick off today, on Wednesday, June 3.
This year’s event will be attended by previous competitors such as sailing yacht Ganesha, Cape Arrow, luxury yacht Inoui, superyacht Marie and Ohana, as well as newcomers, including the 45m Perini Navi Clan VIII, the 24,2m Oyster Maegan, the 24m Wally Nahita and the 33m Baltic super yacht WinWin.
The regatta will also mark the Porto Cervo premiere of the all-new superyacht rating rule. Conceived and refined by the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC), the ORCsy rule mixes up a sophisticated velocity prediction element with ‘dynamic allowances’ – basically meaning that allowances are made for yachts that, for example, take longer to tack because they have to furl away their headsails. Each yacht receives a number of ratings, covering different wind strengths as well as sea states, to ensure as close and fair competing as possible.
“The great thing about the new rule,” said Bruno Finzi, chairman of ORC, “is that it is transparent, so each owner can see how the data has been treated and can compare his yacht to all the others.”
Below is an amazing video from the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta 2015 registration day, released by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda: