Organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the IMA (International Maxi Association) and the title sponsor of the Rolex Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is scheduled until 10 September. Now in its 27th edition 52 yachts divided into seven categories take part: Supermaxis, Maxi Racing, Racing Cruising Maxi, Mini Maxi Racing, Mini Maxi Racing Cruising, Wally and Maxi 72.

The phenomenon of the maxi yachts arose in the late sixties with Raul Gardini and Baron de Rothschild as founding fathers. It was a small America's Cup in Porto Cervo, a naval battle which was also a great excuse to extend the tourist season and resulted in a record number of guests.

"It is certainly the largest fleet ever hosted before - said Riccardo Bonadeo, Commodore of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda - for this event, but it is also the most impressive in terms of quality. The technology and design shown here at the dock expresses the best in shipbuilding and boasts the best maxi yacht fleet racing out there."

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is an event that combines tradition and innovation and, as pointed out by Mr. Andrew McIrvine Secretary General of IMA, "for over 30 years is one of the most important showcases for Maxi". At the end of the competition, the winners of each category will be rewarded with a Rolex Yacht-Master Watch clock at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda which was founded May 12, 1967 and chaired by Shah Karim al-Husayni, better known as Aga Khan.