Based at the V&A Waterfront, hosted by the Royal Cape Yacht Club and taking place from 15 to 20 December, the second annual Maserati Cape Town Race Week will provide sailors from all over the country the chance to race around Table Bay and then unwind in style at one of the many social events hosted throughout one of the world’s most iconic harbour areas.
“Maserati Cape Town Race Week builds on the legacy and history of the traditional summer regatta,” says Race Chairman Simon Borchert. “Previously, it was the Rothman’s Week in the 80s and early 90s which was the benchmark for regattas throughout the country. It was iconic and successfully married the competitive racing with shoreside social events. Maserati Cape Town Race Week now revitalises the South African sailing scene by reintroducing an event of this calibre on the calendar and aligning it with the very best regattas globally.”
Cape Town already plays host to some of the biggest sailing events in the world: The Volvo Ocean Race, The Vendeé Globe and the Clipper Race and has developed a great international reputation as a favoured stopover for events, teams and many of the world’s leading sailors. “This is an amazing opportunity to celebrate this global sailing heritage and combine it with the many accolades Cape Town enjoys as a favourite city the world over, creating an event of global stature with its roots firmly in the Mother City,” says Borchert.
This ambition is furthered by Maserati, returning as title sponsor for the second edition of the event. The famous Italian marque continues its global investment into high-end yacht racing and is to use this enviable platform to launch their much anticipated Maserati Levante, the Maserati of SUVs.
“Maserati South Africa is incredibly proud to be associated with Cape Town’s premier sailing events, especially as we have a long history with sailing, both locally and internationally. There is a clear synergy between the majestic yachts, the daring sport of sailing, and Maserati’s tradition of craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology,” said Brad Graaff, Operations Manager for European Automotive Imports – South Africa (EAI-SA).
Maserati Cape Town Race Week is the pre-eminent sailing event for sailors and spectators alike, providing not just a perfect day out for the entire family, but also the chance to witness up close the craft and elegance of the boats involved.
The week will consist of a number of events, with a host of exciting entrants competing from around the country in bay races and a twilight race.
2015 Maserati Cape Town Race Week champion Nitro, a Corby 49, will be back to defend her title, while the aptly named Cape Fling, an RP 52 owned and skippered by Lord Irvine Laidlaw, will also be competing. Laidlaw is known for flying in the very best sailors from around the world to compete in local waters, so expect great things from the biggest boat in the fleet.
Also in action throughout the week will be Vulcan, a GP 42 and multiple national title holder. The boat is owned and skippered by Hylton Hale, while the design was done by Capetonian and renowned boat designer Shaun Carkeek.
Although Maserati Cape Town Race Week has its race office at the Royal Cape Yacht Club, the race village will be hosted at Jetty 2 in the V&A Waterfront. Spectators and fans are welcome at the race village, or they can arrange a charter and watch the racing from the water.
During the week, Maserati Cape Town Race Week will also host a VIP charity event with proceeds donated to their official CSI initiatives, the Royal Cape Sailing Academy, and the Ripple Effect. The latter organisation promotes awareness and education about the preservation of the Cape’s coastline, raising funds for the organisations and individuals who have dedicated themselves to this cause.
“Cape Town is perfect for a regatta, particularly the weather in December and the beautiful surroundings,” says Borchert. “The Maserati Cape Town Race Week will be the ideal way to end a year.”