Rolex Swan Cup - BVI
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda | British Virgin Islands | Mar 10-15, 2013 | SRM VII (Swan 601)
1st (out of 19)
(out of 5)
Virgin Gorda, BVI. 15th March 2013. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the British Virgin Islands provided the sumptuous setting for the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean, which concluded today after four days of sporting competition. Over 20 Nautor's Swan yachts representing nearly ten countries and territories provided a dynamic spectacle in idyllic waters and varying wind conditions. The week's triumphant crews and recipients of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean Trophy and Rolex timepieces were: Stark Raving Mad (USA) in Class A (reserved for yachts measuring upwards of 18.29m/60-ft) and Arethusa (USA) in Class B (yachts measuring less than 18.29m). "It is similar to sailing in the Maddalena in Sardinia," explained Tony Rey, tactician on Swan 601 Stark Raving Mad (USA). "It is an absolutely spectacular place, a stunning place to sail. The wind is always shifting providing many challenges." Experienced America's Cup sailor Mike Toppa, calling tactics on Swan 90 Freya (USA), confirmed: "A lot of the rock formations resemble Porto Cervo which is kind of neat. The Race Committee and organizers are the same between the Rolex Swan Cup and here. It is familiar and in that way very nice." In 7 knots of breeze, Stark Raving Mad started the final 11-nm race with intent and quickly mounted an insurmountable lead. Final race victory combined with a second place for closest rival Swan 80 Selene decreed Madden's crew as Class victors. "During the final two days the winds were lighter which overall is of great benefit to us," said Madden. "The crew did a really good job making no errors, consistently trimming the sails well and moving the boat at speed." Sportsmanship and teamwork were hallmarks both on and off the water. The Swan world was united through both competition and the series of elegant and popular social gatherings that permeated the week. A spirit typified by the camaraderie displayed in the additional five-strong cruising Class which engaged in their own competition, representing the values of gentlemen sailing so typical of the Swan world. YCCS Commodore Riccardo Bonadeo was delighted with the week's proceedings: "The inaugural edition of the event has been a resounding success: beautiful boats, great conditions and excellent sailing, we couldn't have asked for anything more. The events that the Club organizes together with Rolex and Nautor's Swan always have a special atmosphere and this new regatta is no exception. After this wonderful week of sportsmanship and camaraderie we are already looking forward to the return of the fleet to Virgin Gorda in two year's time." Proceedings culminated with the official prizegiving at the YCCS clubhouse overlooking North Sound where the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean Trophy and Rolex timepieces were presented to Class winners Stark Raving Mad and Arethusa. The 18th edition of the Rolex Swan Cup in Porto Cervo will take place in September 2014.