Having just completed the successful Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), will host the Rolex Swan Cup 2004 with over 100 Swans representing 17 countries beginning on Sunday 12 September.
The regatta will provide a global sailing stage for the world's best sailors including: America's Cup sailors Paul CAYARD (USA) Tommaso CHIEFFI (ITA), Russell COUTTS (NZL), Adrian STEAD (GBR) and Ian WALKER (GBR); single-handed sailor Ellen MCARTHUR (GBR); and Volvo Ocean race duo Neil and Lisa MACDONALD. In addition to Germany, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the Unites States, competitors from Asia and Australia will compete.
The first race is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14, 2004 at 11:30AM.
The dramatic Sardinian coastline will provide the backdrop for challenging competition on the water, while the elegant Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the village of Porto Cervo set the stage for the daily social events. This 12th edition of the regatta, with three classes, will consist of five days of racing with one lay day. 25- 40 mile courses among the islands of Northern Sardinian coast will take full advantage of the Swan cruiser-racer designs.
"We are always pleased to welcome the international Nautor's Swan family,"
said YCCS Commodore Gianfranco ALBERINI. "The Swans have a long history of racing here, providing competition of the highest level. We are proud to be associated with Nautor, a company with a great pedigree in the world of yacht racing.
We must also express our appreciation to Rolex, our partner of over twenty years. In fact, it was in 1984, that Rolex first sponsored this regatta. It has been a successful relationship resulting in first class regattas that have attracted sailors from around the world. We look forward to serving as a gracious host both on and off the water."
Enrico CHIEFFI, Nautor's Swan Marketing Director, says: "Yet again this event has proved to be of great importance, not only for our dedicated Owners but also to an incredible range of top class sailors that have come to Porto Cervo to race in a highly competitive regatta. The Rolex Swan Cup is the only time that you will see a full spectrum of Swans all sailing together from all over the world and as the crews make their final preparations, you can feel the excitement rising around the regatta village, ahead of tomorrow's racing."
This year's event promises to provide even more excitement as Nautor's newest one design model, the Swan 601 takes to the water. For the first time ever, three Swan 601's will be competing in Class A, the "grand prix" section, providing a special prelude to the Swan 601 Class that will commence in 2005. Spectators will also get the chance to see an extensive fleet of Swan 45's racing under class rules (Class B), guaranteeing some tough racing throughout the week in this highly competitive one design class.
In addition to on water competition, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda will host a number of social activities, including festivities on the Piazza Azzurra, along with the Owners' Dinner.
For Rolex Swan Cup 2004 entry lists, results and photos, visit the event website at the address below.