The Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week was first held in 1972. However, it was not until the 1980s that the event started to attract the participation of big boats. Today, these yachts dominate the competition. It did not take too long for Ilhabela to become known as the sailing capital of Brazil. Each year the event hosts over 200 yachts and more than 1,500 professional and amateur sailors from all over Latin America.
Yacht Club Ilhabela, the home to the event, has a membership list that reads like a who's who of Brazilian sailing and business and includes renowned Olympic sailors such as Torben GRAEL and Lars GRAEL, Eduardo Souza RAMOS, Jorge ZARIF, Claudio BIERKARK, Mario BUCKUP, Eduardo PENIDO, Sergio MIRSKY, Robert SCHEIDT, Alex WELTER and Boris OSTERGREN, among many others.
This year the Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week will stage the second round of the XI IMS and ORC Club South American Championship co-organized by the Yacht Club Argentino and the Yacht Club Punta del Este, which hosted the first round of the Championship in January this year. Beside the IMS and ORC Club, other classes invited to participate the Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week include HPE, BRA-RGS, Bico de Proa, Delta 32 e Skipper 21.
The schedule of racing at Rolex Ilhabela Sailing Week will start with the traditional Alcatrazes Race on the morning of 8 July. This distance race is followed by seven race windward-leeward series from 9-14 July.
The prizegiving ceremony and closing party will be held on 14 July from 19:30 onwards at the Yacht Club Ilhabela.