Yacht Club Costa Smeralda | photo by Carlo Borlenghi/Superyacht Media
Founded in 1967 by the Aga Khan and fellow yachting enthusiasts Andrè Ardoin, Giuseppe Kerry Mentasti and Luigi Vietti, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) has been at its present site since 1977, overlooking the marina.
THE SAILING REGATTA SCENE
Affiliated to the Italian Sailing Federation since 1968 and the Powerboat Federation from 1978, the club organises a number of high profile regattas, of which the Sardinia Cup, first held in 1978, and held alternate years to the then Admiral’s Cup, is perhaps the best known.
The waters around the island, towards the Straits of Bonifacio and among the Maddelena islands are ideal for racing, at times benign but as often windy and challenging, perfect conditions for the Maxi Yacht World Championship and Swan World Cup, which are held biennially off Porto Cervo.
The club thereafter became a haven for 12 Metres, their whale-like shapes a common sight hanging from the travelifts in sight of the elegant, hyper-modern clubhouse.
Twinned with the Yacht Club de Monaco and since 2002 the New York Yacht Cub, the YCCS packs a punch disproportionate to its size. Mediterranean headquarters of the International Class A Yacht Association (ICAYA), it has run the Perini Cup, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup as well as a number of smaller class regattas. The club also hosts a series for its home-fleet of Frers-designed Smeralda 888s, in which boats from Monaco and elsewhere compete.
The club has also been at the forefront of the quest for speed under power; the Aga Khan’s own Destriero in 1992 took the Atlantic Blue Riband for the first time since Italy’s transatlantic liner Rex in 1933, at an average speed of 98.323 kilometres per hour over the 3,106 mile course from Ambrose Light to Bishop’s Rock. The Costa Smeralda Offshore Grand Prix for powerboats perpetuates the tradition.
Vela & Golf
Coppa Europa Smeralda 888
Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta
Audi Invitational Melges 32 Sailing Series
Settimana delle Bocche Farr 40 European Circuit
29 June-2 July
Invitational Smeralda 888
Perini Navi Cup
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup/Mini Maxi Rolex World Championship
Veteran Big Boat Rally
Audi TP52 World Championship
For more information visit www.yccs.it
This strip of Sardinia’s north-east coast packs in beaches, coves, its own capital, a world-renowned yacht club and some of the most beautiful sailing waters
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