Two old clubs saved the top of global yachting world in the year 1983 – the Royal Yacht Squadron and the New York Yacht Club, on England’s Isle of Wight. The stone bases of the clubhouses on the opposite sides of Atlantic matched mini-forts fighting for their traditions from modern world. New York was also battling for something equally precious – the America’s Cup.
Therefore, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, established in the year 1967 by the Aga Khan, lifted more than a few eyebrows when they stationed sent a challenger to the Newport, Rhode Island, for the 1983 America’s Cup series, a red diamond prevailing its burgee as well as young and spirited Italian sailors on board. But the squad put on a strong showing and went on to act on their Azzura race campaigns into the modern Grand Prix sailing world.
Meanwhile, the America’s Cup affair is just a blip, however, in the history of the club, which is considerably much shorter than that of the most important American and European yacht firms, all established between the middle of 1800s and early 1900s. In its little existence, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has tempted not just the type of racing which members of the venerable clubs as well as other sailors in the yacht establishment love, but also the level of service as well as hospitality on shore that is now standard at all large yachting events.
Bruno Trouble, who handles the partnership between sponsor Louis Vuitton and the Cup challenger series, said that they are still a small club compared to the most influential ones.