An international fleet of 35 Maxi yachts have arrived in Porto Cervo, Sardinia for one of the sailing calendar's great annual occasions. 2014 marks the 25th edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, a competition sponsored by Rolex since 1985 and organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and the International Maxi Association (IMA). It's a meeting of elegance, power and speed. Weeklong racing starts on, Monday 1 September.
There was all to play for on the final day of the 2014 Pegasus Airlines Alacati PWA World Cup as Julien Quentel (RRD / NeilPryde) looked to defend his overnight lead against good friend Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde), who was hoping to rain on his parade. However
Alacati produced a fifth consecutive brilliant day of racing as winds of 10-22 knots arrived by just before 13:00, allowing a further two winners' finals to be completed in both the men's and women's divisions.
Brazil's women won a thrilling seventh edition of the ISAF Nations Cup in Middelfart on Saturday an hour after Australia's men had also upset the form book and the home favourites by whitewashing Denmark.
Semi-final action at the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final saw a smooth ride for the Danish teams whilst Australia and Japan are locked at one-all. Catch the Finals Live on Saturday at www.nationscup2013.dk/live
It was perhaps the perfect piece of royal diplomacy on the water. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark crossed the finish line first but came second to Denmark's new sailing prince, Nicolai Sehested, in their exhibition match race. Sehested too found the perfect way to navigate the rule: 'Don't beat the boss at golf."
A dramatic first day of the ISAF Nations Cup in Middelfart, Denmark, saw the pre-event pundits eating their words as Brazil's Henrique Haddad and Japan's Wataru Sakamoto emerged at the top of Group B of the Open competition with four wins out of five each.
After winning the European regional final of the Nations Cup in Lelystad this weekend, Viktor Ogeman, the young Swedish skipper, said his experience in the DS37 boat could give him an edge in the grand final of the Nations Cup in Middelfart, Denmark, in August.