The Rolex Cup: Capri Sailing Week 2021

The Rolex Cup: Capri Sailing Week 2021

09 May 2021 | Rolex , Events

The countdown is almost over. The Rolex Capri Sailing Week 2021 is ready to start in a few hours.

Organized by the Italian Yacht Club, in association with the "Circolo Della Vela e del Remo di Napoli" and, last but not least, the Yacht Club Capri, the race will kick-off May 10. Featuring a long list of participants, this Rolex Cup will last until May 20. Therefore, an extraordinary event in which different competitions will alternate for the pleasure of all fans.

rolex-capri-sailing-week-2021-3Waving the flag for Italy at the 2021 Capri Rolex Sailing Week will be Italia Yacht 9.98 F Low Noise II, boasting countless awards so far. Let me list the 2015 Barcelona World Championship, a four-time win in Alassio, from 2014 to 2016, plus the latest 2021 competition. Finally, the first place at either the Dall'Orso Cup and the "Genoa Sailing Week" in 2021.

We're pretty sure this boat will successfully represent Italy at the 2021 RCSW.

The Rolex Sailing Week Capri calendar

At the end of the competitions, the prize-giving ceremony will take place downtown, in the small yet luxurious "La Piazzetta," the best venue to choose while in Capri.

Maxi Yacht Capri Trophy Mylius Cup

  • Monday 10th - Registration and inspections (Capri)

  • Tuesday 11th - Windward-Leeward/Coastal Race  

  • Wednesday 12th - Windward-Leeward/Coastal Race 

  • Thursday 13th - Windward-Leeward/Coastal Race 

  • Friday 14th - Windward-Leeward/Coastal Race and prize-giving (Capri) 

Orc European Championship

  • Thursday 13th - Registration and inspections (Naples)

  • Friday 14th - Registration and inspections (Naples)

  • Saturday 15th - Inspections; 23,45: offshore race start from Naples 

  • Sunday 16th - Offshore race

  • Monday 17th - The offshore race ends Capri 

  • Tuesday 18th - Inshore Race(s) 

  • Wednesday 19th - Inshore Race(s) 

  • Thursday 20th - Inshore Race(s) and prize-giving (Capri)  

66esima Regata dei Tre Golfi

  • Friday 14th - Registration and inspections (Naples)

  • Saturday 15th - 24,00 hrs: Tre Golfi start (Naples) 

  • Sunday 16th - Offshore race

  • Monday 17th - the Offshore race ends in Capri

As you can see by scrolling the calendar above, the last competition will start at midnight and under a starry sky, making the event even more attractive for either participants and guests.

rolex-capri-sailing-week-2021-programmeModern and vintage boats will sail different routes: the latter will sail inshore, and their halfway mark is placed in Ventotene instead of Li Galli - a two-rocks small island placed in front of Positano - for the modern ones instead.

In addition, the Tre Golfi Regatta will serve as the distance race to the ORC European Championship.

Rolex and the world of sailing

The connection between Rolex and international sports events is a close and long-standing one; it is a topic we explored already on our dedicated Rolex brand page.

rolex-capri-sailing-week-2021-2When it comes to sailing, the relationship dates back to as early as the 1950s when the brand partnered with the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) - which introduced America's Cup - and counts today several competitions with Rolex being the main sponsor.

The bond between Rolex and sailing is so intense that people naturally associate Rolex with Yachting.

rolex-capri-sailing-week-2021-4The brand is the official sponsor of over fifteen competitions and is directly associated with a dozen yacht clubs worldwide. From the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, you'll find out that Rolex is associated with various kinds of boats, competing in the most adventurous races and experiences.

rolex-giragliaLet me pick the Rolex Sydney Hobart and the Rolex Fastnet, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, and the Rolex Giraglia, to name a few.

rolex-sidney-hobart-1Rolex crafted the Yacht-Master collection to celebrate and reinforce the relationship between brand and sailing through timepieces conceived to support the ultimate skipper while holding the premium feel of any Professional Rolex watch.

It's not just about Rolex.

However, Rolex is not the exclusive brand to support sailing inside and out. Other luxury brands have followed up and unveiled new product lines to sponsor international sports events.

Omega, whose latest Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph is the official watch to America's Cup 2020, is among them. Extremely refined, it is one of the most rugged and exclusive Seamaster available. It is big and bold, with its 44 mm large case and a laser-engraved ceramic dial showcasing a wavey pattern.

Another competitor is the Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta you see in this review. Its design pays homage to the Swedish flag. The ten-minute regatta timer placed on the dial is at a skipper's fingertips.

(Photo credit: courtesy of Rolex)

Tommaso Sabia @Horbiter®

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