The quays of Porto Cervo are bustling as a fleet of superyachts arrives for the seventh edition of the Perini Navi Cup, an event organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the prestigious Perini Navi shipyard.
Tomorrow, Thursday 20 September, 12 of the 20 attending sailing yachts will cast off for the first of three scheduled days of racing. The remainder of the participating yachts, including the multi-award winning 70-metre ketch Sybaris and the 55-metre motor yacht Galileo G, will follow the racing as spectators and will take part in all of the events organised by Perini Navi to celebrate the gathering together of this great family.
The boats, which will compete under the ORCsy rating system specially designed for superyachts, will be divided into two classes: Cruiser Racer and Corinthian Spirit; with the latter sailing without spinnakers.
The Cruiser Racer class will be home to Seahawk, which placed third in the 2015 edition and at 59 metres in length is the largest yacht in the division. The Aquarius, launched in 1990, Victoria A and Silencio complete the Cruiser Racer category.
Eight Perini yachts will compete in the Corinthian division which will see the return to Costa Smeralda of the fleet’s flagship, the 88-metre Maltese Falcon with its three rotating masts managing the celebrated DynaRig system, the modern evolution of the square-rig employed throughout the history of navigation. Also sailing through the islands of the La Maddalena archipelago in the Corinthian spirit will be Bayesian, Blush, Caoz 14, Spirit of C’S, Tamsen, Principessa Vaivia and Jasali II.
In addition to the sporting action, the Perini Navi Cup will be peppered with exclusive, private events starting with the Welcome Sundowner on the YCCS terrace this evening followed by photographic exhibitions in Porto Cervo centre, an on-board cocktail competition during Friday’s Yacht Hop, and concluding with a gala dinner to celebrate winners and participants.
Seahawk, Perini Navi Cup 2015
YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo declared:
“We are pleased to host such a prestigious event which gathers in Porto Cervo vessels that represent the cutting edge of shipbuilding. We would also like to thank the Perini Navi shipyard for supporting our One Ocean marine protection programme from the off. We hope that all of the participants will enjoy these days of racing and unique events.”
“We want this seventh edition of the Perini Navi Cup to be a great celebration, an occasion in which to share with our owners and many friends the common passion for the sea that unites us.” commented Lamberto Taccoli, Chairman and CEO of Perini Navi. “It is a truly wonderful feeling to see the quay here in Porto Cervo filled with Perini ships, a rare and captivating sight that will add to these unforgettable days.”
Racing will begin tomorrow morning with the first starting signal scheduled for 11.30 a.m. and north-easterly wind of up to 15 knots.