Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

 

 

 

Italy

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

 

 

 

Founded by the Aga Khan in 1967 as a non-profit organization to promote sailing, this yacht club frequented by the international jet set is located in Porto Cervo, Sardinia.  It is named after the beautiful turquoise waters, and is set among reliable and exciting winds blowing from different directions:  mistral winds from the north, levant winds from the east, and scirocco winds from Africa.  Affiliated with the Italian Sailing Federation and the Italian Powerboat Federation, the club has been organizing regattas since 1972, and is recognized as being the top promoter of competitive offshore sailing in Italy and the Mediterranean.  It has been host to numerous world championship regattas as well as the Maxi Worlds.

 

The clubhouse was redesigned by architect Peter Marino in 2003, and is now considered one of the most beautiful clubhouses in the world, containing a panoramic pool terrace, a restaurant, members’ lounge, wellness center and bar.  Members and their guests can stay in one of 24 suites, each with a private terrace.  Courses on dinghies and cabin cruises have been offered for the past 30 years.

 

In 2012, the club opened a second location in Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, where a 965-foot floating dock is designed to accommodate the world’s largest mega-yachts of up to 328 feet.

 

 

 

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