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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rolex Capri Sailing Week Is Only Weeks Away

A captivating island located in the Gulf of Naples, Capri is a strategic balcony over the cobalt waters of the Mediterranean and one of the world’s most enchanting locations. Since 2005, this unique venue has hosted Rolex Capri Sailing Week, a yearly rendezvous for first-class yachts and sailors from all over the world.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
The traditional opener for Rolex’s Mediterranean yachting calendar celebrates its 10th edition from 19-24 May with an exceptional programme comprising one week of inshore and coastal sailing off Capri and a testing offshore race.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
Competing yachts will be divided into three different classes: Mini Maxi (18.29m to 24.08m), Maxi (24.09m-30.5m) and TP52 (15.85m). For the Maxi fleet, action on the water starts on 19 May at 10:00 CEST with the emblematic ‘Volcano Race’, a 250 - 300-nautical mile offshore race to the volcanic Aeolian Islands and back. 
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
The TP52 fleet will make its debut on 20 May with the first in a series of inshore and coastal races. All the week’s winners will be announced on 24 May during the prize giving ceremony held at the Marina Grande.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
So far 21 crews from 11 countries have registered to take part including 12 Maxis and nine TP52s. The Maxi fleet will range from the 30.5m/100ft Slovenian entryEsimit Europa 2, campaigned by Igor Simcic, down to the 18.57m Italian entry Good Job Guys. Esimit Europa 2 won monohull line honours at the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race and is the current race record holder at the Giraglia Rolex Cup. The competitive TP52 fleet comprises experienced teams such as Michele Galli’s B2, overall winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013.

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