Start:Cyprus, Paralia 601 00, Greece
Finish:Afytos 630 77, Greece
Rolex has forged a privileged relationship with yachting out of a natural affinity with this dynamic sport and its time-honoured values. This unique bond dates back more than half a century to a seminal partnership with the New York Yacht Club that shaped Rolex’s involvement in the sport. Today, Rolex has deep-rooted ties with the most prestigious yacht clubs, institutions and regattas in the world, sharing the highest standards of excellence with the custodians of yachting’s finest spirit.
Adventure, courage, determination, discovery and sportsmanship define the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, and reflect a sporting ethos with which Rolex is privileged to be associated. Staged every year since 1945, this classic offshore race demands the best from every crew member to overcome the challenging weather conditions on the 628-nautical-mile course between Sydney and Hobart, Tasmania. On 26 December thousands of spectators gather around Sydney’s beautiful harbour to see off the international fleet, ranging from 30-foot Corinthian-crewed boats to professionally sailed 100-foot Maxi yachts, as they embark on this formidable challenge.
Precision and excellence are essentials at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, for which the best skippers and crews are matched with the most advanced yachts. Attracting an impressive line-up of sailing power, the week-long event, held each September in Sardinia’s Porto Cervo on the Costa Smeralda, is a unique gathering for innovators of cutting-edge yachting technology. Created in 1980 by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and its president, the Aga Khan, the regatta is enduringly popular with professionals and Corinthians alike.
Yes, of course. There will be an experienced skipper and team members on the yacht. They will give you a role and teach you everything you need to know to be a useful team member and feel comfortable.
Yes, all team members will definitely try themselves in different roles to better understand each other. Standing at the helm is an integral part of training for beginners as well as setting sails, and helping the team during moorings.
As a rule, participants in the regatta live on the yacht. The boat has everything you need for a comfortable stay: nice beds, a kitchen, a shower with toilet. If you do not want to live on a yacht, then you can arrange to stay at the hotel onshore.
The crew decides altogether what kind of food they prefer to eat and makes necessary purchases. Simple dishes can be cooked, usually taking turns. Some regattas offer daily meals and intensive evening program for all crews.
We can make an invitation for a visa, but you need to apply for a visa by yourself.
Most people tolerate some seasickness easily. If you feel that you are starting to feel sick, it is best to get at the steering wheel or tune the sails. Get yourself busy, show your body that you don’t have time to get sick, you have to fight for victory in the race. There are also many quite effective medicines from sickness. If you start taking them in advance, then the probability of seasickness is almost zero.
Before each trip, we organize an online meeting where participants get to know each other and the captain. The captain will answer all your questions. The crew will have a group chat so you can get to know each other before the start of the regatta. Then you will meet in the marina.
The main rule is to dress comfortably and according to the weather. Clothing: • windbreaker and pants or shorts; • shirt/jacket with UV protection (thermal underwear and fleece); • adjustable hat/cap; • gloves. We recommend to purchase a long-sleeved jacket with UV protection in order to protect yourself from the sun and strong wind. Yachting shoes should be: • light, with non-slip white outsole; • with the fixed heel; • with a tightly closed nose. During the sailing without shoes, you can fall or injure your fingers and feet on the deck. There are many protruding parts on the boat that are easy to catch. Unfortunately, even experienced sailors are not protected from unpleasant injuries when they ignore this simple rule.