Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup & Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship, Porto Cervo | from 31/08 to 06/09
Maxi fleets have flocked to Porto Cervo each September for over 30 years since the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda established the first championship for the largest of sailing yachts in 1980. In recent years ever more impressive and varied fleets have exemplified the evolution of yacht racing as the maxi craft continue to develop and push the boundaries of design and technological innovation. Organized in collaboration with the International Maxi Association and with the support of title-sponsor Rolex, the regatta regularly attracts upwards of 40 maxi yachts and represents a whoâ€™s-who of international yachting. Competing divisions range from the 18 to 24-metre Mini Maxi class, which competes for its World Championship during the event, to the Supermaxi division which hosts yachts of 30.5 metres and above. Since 2010 the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup has also hosted the Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship, the highlight of the yearâ€™s racing for the ISAF certified Mini Maxi class and scene of hard-fought battles and down-to-the-wire racing.