Whilst America's Cup Teams battle it out in Valencia, a whole host of former America's Cup legends have headed to Capri for the Swan 45 Gold Cup.
Paul CAYARD, Ed BAIRD, Andrew CAPE, Tommaso CHIEFFI, Chris LAW, Ian BUDGEN and Vasco VASCOTTI are among the big players competing in the first ever 'championship' of the Swan 45 class.
Organised by the Yacht Club de Capri and the Yacht Club Italiano, the event will undoubtedly bare witness to some top class racing from 11th to 15th October, confirming the unprecedented success of this unique one-design class.
Ed BAIRD, tactician onboard Tom Stark's Rush, commented on the importance of preparation ahead the regatta.
"Team and boat preparation suddenly becomes so much more important when you are racing in real time. Many of the teams here have raced together at the Farr 40 Worlds and the Rolex Swan Cup, where it was very evident that the level of competition was rapidly improving and all the teams are raising their game. These boats are so evenly matched that success comes down to skill, teamwork and tactics on the course,"
Racing will commence this morning at 10.30am (CET) with the Ermenegildo Zegna Race Day. The fleet will compete in two windward-leeward races with a forecast of winds gusting between 12 and 15 knots.
Owners and their crews will celebrate the start of this exciting championship in one of the most spectacular venues in Italy - the beautiful Capri Palace Hotel and Spa in Anacapri.
Confirmed entries for the Swan 45 Gold Cup are as follows:
AMNESIA - Neil CHESTON (skipper), Great Britain
AXELLE S - Hubert WARGNY, France
AY! AY! AY! - Leopoldo GAVITO, France
CRACKERJACK - Keith MILLER (own/skip), Great Britain
CUOR DI LEONE - Freccia blu srl/Leonardo FERRAGAMO, Italy
DSK - Danilo SALSI, Italy
FEVER - Stuart MILLER (skipper), Great Britain
GOOMBAY SMASH - William DOUGLASS, USA
JEROBOAM - Vittorio CODECASA, Italy
KORA - 3 Paolo SCERNI, Italy
MASCALZONE LATINO - Vincenzo ONORATO, Italy
MINTAKA - Stefano POLTI, Italy
OPUS ONE - Wolfgang STOLZ (owner), Germany
PAPASTILLA - Fabio MONTAUTI (owner), Italy
Piper at the Gates of Dawn - Charles SWINGLAND, Great Britain
RUSH - Thomas L. STARK, USA
TALJ Vittorio - RUGGIERO, Italy
TWINS - Erik MARIS, France
VERTIGO - Marco SALVI/Alberto SIGNORINI, Great Britain
WISC - G. WILLIAMS, Great Britain