Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta
4 June 2019
less than 20 superyachts are lined up on Quay A of Porto Cervo
Marina for the 12th edition of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta
which gets underway Tuesday, 4 June, organised by the Yacht Club
Costa Smeralda. The boats will compete divided into Performance and
Cruising categories. Coastal races will take place until Saturday 8
June around the islands of the archipelago of La Maddalena, with a
day off scheduled for 6 June for all but the fleet of Southern Wind
yachts, who will compete every day. Classifications will be drawn up
using the ORCsy rule, specifically designed by the Offshore Racing
Congress for these types of large vessels.
The warning signal for the first start is scheduled for 11.30 a.m. on the waters off Porto Cervo, with individual staggered starts for the entire fleet. The weather conditions look very light for Tuesday, but with more breeze due to move in during the week.
The crews are almost entirely made up of professional sailors, including important names such as Francesco De Angelis, skipper of Luna Rossa in the America's Cup from 2000 to 2007, on this occasion helming the 33-metre Ribelle, owned by YCCS members Paola and Salvatore Trifirò.
The Southern Wind Rendezvous and Trophy, now in its 14th edition, will be held within the regatta. Eight of the yachts on the dock hail from the Cape Town shipyard founded by Willy Persico, with a trophy being dedicated to his memory in this edition. In particular the Southern Wind 82 Ammonite will conclude its round-the-world trip with the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.