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Aug 27, 2020

Rolex CupAugust 30 – September 4, 2020

As international yachting competition begins a cautious return, Rolex is pleased to continue its support for a sport with which it has enjoyed a long and privileged partnership. Following the exceptional events of recent months, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2020 will mark one of the first competitive gatherings of elite professional sailing talent and cutting-edge yachts.

Rolex has been a committed partner to yachting since the late 1950s and the relationship with the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and its organizers, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), became an integral part of the Swiss watch manufacturer’s involvement with leading regattas and prestigious yacht clubs in the early 1980s. One of the most influential events in the sport, the 31st edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will be held from Sunday, 30 August to Friday, 4 September.

The reasons for the event’s longevity and continuing success are numerous. The level of competition is always first class and the organization is held in high regard. The racecourses offer an unrivalled combination of challenging conditions and scenic backdrops. Last but not least, the regatta has always been both the testing ground and the showcase for the latest in monohull yacht design and technology.



Maxis are defined as yachts that are more than 18.29 metres (60 feet) long. At the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the fleet is divided into different categories according to performance type and length. The objective for all highly driven Maxi owners is to emerge victorious against equally skilled and prepared crews in their class.

Despite being reduced in number compared to previous years, the provisional entry list for this year’s event makes enticing reading. Watching these imperious and powerful yachts challenge each other in such close quarters, and against a backdrop of narrow passages and rocky outcrops, is a special experience.

Five consecutive days of racing commence on the Monday (31 August). As has been custom for the past 35 years, and despite the challenging circumstances, the event will provide an outstanding environment for owners and sailors to reconnect with their passion for competition on the water.