In less than a week the Mediterranean sailing season is set to ramp up a gear as the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda's programme of top international regattas gets underway in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.
From sailing superyachts to one-design racers and from stars of the America's Cup and round-the-world races to Olympic medal winners and amateur sailing enthusiasts, upcoming events on the Club's calendar offer something for everyone.
Opening the season in grand style is the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta which will welcome 21 sailing giants to the quays of Porto Cervo Marina. Established in 2008 and organised in collaboration with Boat International Media, the event has quickly become a key fixture on the superyacht summer sailing schedule.
The regatta has become a hub for the nautical industry as designers, builders and sail makers gather to admire the latest cutting edge technology employed under the hoods of these behemoths, whose luxurious exteriors belie a capacity for speed on the regatta course that makes them all the more impressive.
While each day's racing is a serious business, with owners employing rock-star tacticians, navigators and afterguard crew members in the battle to claim overall victory, everyone involved also finds time to relax and unwind thanks to a full programme of glittering social events organised throughout the week. From gala dinners and beach parties to cocktail receptions and pizza party, owners, guests and crews enjoy the best hospitality that the organisers, the title sponsor and the elegant Costa Smeralda region has to offer.
For full details of YCCS regattas, entry lists, technical documents and results, please visit YCCS