Yesterday marked the start of the sixth Perini Navi Cup, welcoming 16 Perini Navi yachts to the docks of Sardinia’s Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, before the fleet heads out on the open water of Porto Cervo to unleash their sails.
With the first race taking place today, the Perini Navi Cup 2015 will pit a fleet of seven sailing yachts against one another over three days; with a further nine of the shipyard’s iconic yachts shadowing the regatta.
The Perini Navi Cup merges on-water action and private events as races open up to cocktail contests for owners and guests, as well as evenings of wine tasting and gala dinners to celebrate the winners, and ultimately the fleet, of the Perini Navi Cup.
The cup brings together an armada of both classic yachts and high-tech racing machines to celebrate the family of owners and captains behind the fleet.
Burak Akgul, managing director of sales, marketing and design at Perini Navi commented, “I think the most exciting thing for all of us is to see the fleet back out there again two years on. Some boats are repeating, some not, but most important to see is the match race between the two 60s, the sloop and the ketch rig.
“We have great boats racing. Of course not the whole fleet, as our motor yacht Exuma would have a bit of difficulty indulging in a regatta, but amongst the 16, we have boats measuring all the way from the Maltese Falcon at 88 metres, down to Elettra at 25 metres, going from the very latest of our vessels to boats dating back to the 1980s. So a very exciting opportunity to see our boats, once again, on the water.”
This year, the Perini Navi Cup has prestigious partners, such as the iconic contemporary Italian jewellery brand Vhernier; Axa Yachting Solutions; Marchesi Antinori representing the Italian world excellence of winemaking; and Rybovich as Perini Navi’s American partner in yacht service and refit. The event is organised in collaboration with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, and its historical partners including Rolex and Audi.
For more information, visit Perini Navi.