Yacht Class n°17 (june-july-august 2019)
An allied member of the Yacht Club de France, the Yacht Club de Monaco (Y.C.M.) is also twinned with thirteen clubs, not to mention the reciprocal agreements with around forty others all over the world. From this issue on, Yacht Class will present one of these clubs. Starting with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (Sardinia), which enjoys tight bounds with the Principality.
By Aurore Teodoro - Photos : YCCS / Borlenghi, Rolex / Borlenghi, YCSS & Studio Martinez
We often find the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) alongside the Yacht Club de Monaco, be it during sporting events - like the Palermo-Monte-Carlo, the Monaco Globe Series or the Smeralda International Championship – or social ones, such as the 20th Anniversary Dinner, held last year in Porto Cervo. Actually, these two institutions, twinned since 1998, share many common values. Starting with "the passion for sailing and the sea, the principles on which we base our activities, considering that both of our Associations are involved in projects for the safeguard of the seas", explains Riccardo Bonadeo, the Commodore of the Sardinian club.
A passion for races
If there is one connection between these two clubs, it is definitely their passion for regattas. "Certainly the fact that we are among the most prestigious Yacht Clubs in the Mediterranean with a commonality of purpose that can be seen in the organisation of common initiatives, such as the Coppa Europa Smeralda 888, has of course brought us closer. We both organize international events and the reciprocity agreement has widened the opportunities for both clubs by allowing our members to attend each other's respective facilities", describes Riccardo Bonadeo. This passion is also the reason why this "non-profit making sporting association" was born in 1967, on the banks of the Costa Smeralda (emerald coast), northeast Sardinia. The club was founded by four men : André Ardoin, Giuseppe Kerry Mentasti, Luigi Vietti and the Aga Khan, who, since the early 1960s, has significantly contributed to the region's development and the creation of Porto Cervo. Affiliated with the Italian Sailing Federation since 1968, the international reputation of the Sardinian club was not long in coming, facilitated by its various sporting events and its members' performances. In 1972, it created the Settimana delle Bocche, then the following year, the One Ton Cup, which earned it the title of "primary promoter of competitive offshore sailing in Italy and the Mediterranean". The prestigious events then followed one another : the 1st Sardinia Cup, the Maxi Yacht World and the Swan World Cup... At the same time, the YCCS launched the first Italian Challenge for the America's Cup, with the Azzurra (12 metres). Her third place in the qualifying regattas earned the club the organization of the first 12-metre world championships in 1984, as well as the role of Challenger of Record for the 1987 America's Cup. Today, the club continues to show its dynamism in the Mediterranean, with more than 10 regattas planned this year, including the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, and the last leg of the 52 Super Series circuit where its TP52 Azzurra will participate. Plus the J and Wally classes, the RC44, Farr 40, Melges 40 that often sail along its coasts.
From the "Maison du Port" to state-of-the-art facilities
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has undergone a great evolution. The time of the "Maison Du Port", its first headquarters, is long gone. Based on what is now known as the "Old Port", this building, the very first ever erected in Porto Cervo, quickly became too small. In 1977, the club moved to new facilities overlooking the new marina. Larger and more modern premises, but tailored to the requirements of its international regattas. The new millennium saw the Sardinian club undergo a complete renovation, supervised by New York architect Peter Marino. Covering more 6 000 m2, the YCCS "is now considered one of the most beautiful functional structures of its kind", according to its website, with its roof terrace with swimming pool, its members' lounge and wellness centre, the luxurious suites for its guests, not to mention its Piazza Azzura, where all its events take place. Today, the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club is still presided by the Aga Khan, while its Commodore is in charge of the club's social and sporting activities. It should be noted that the Italian institution, which has just celebrated its 50th anniversary, is placing the marine environment protection at the heart of its approach. It has created last year its One Ocean Foundation, "born from the desire of the YCCS to promote safeguarding of the ocean, the fundamental element around which all of our sporting activities are based. Like the Yacht Club de Monaco, with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the YCCS wanted to commit to the preservation of the marine environment, and this demonstrates once again the mutual principles of our Club and the Y.C.M.", explained the Commodore. We told you, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda have much in common with its Monegasque counterpart.
What is a twin club ?
As explained on the Y.C.M. website, "the twinning enables :
– Development of sports events between clubs, with all members being able to participate freely under equal conditions.
– Free access for society members of the twinned clubs to the premises, restaurant and lounges and services on offer on presentation of their membership card.
– Access to the boutiques in both clubs.
– Exchanges between the two clubs Sailing Schools,
including competitions and coaches.
– Any active member of a club who takes up residence in the country of a twinned club is obliged to change affiliation to that club after six months residence and to conform to the statutes of the club concerned."