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Sardinia sailing: a world of glamor, superyachts and spectacular images

Published 0844 GMT (1644 HKT) August 31, 2017
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Porto Cervo in Sardinia is one of the world's most glamorous sailing locations. The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda hosts the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The sailing along the Costa Smeralda from Porto Cervo is spectacular with passages close to the rocky shoreline. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Sardinia sailing features blue water passages with famous stretches such as "Bomb Alley" between La Maddalena and Caprera islands. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The peninsula of Capo Ferro takes the name from the lighthouse and signals the fleet is heading closer to Porto Cervo. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Navigators must be on their toes to keep their boats away from the shallow reefs and rocks. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The fleet assembles in Porto Cervo marina for a week of hard racing and socializing. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Porto Cervo is backed by high, craggy limestone hills. Sailing in the bay can be stunning in the right conditions. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
A trio of Maxi 72s jostle for position, with crews hiking out to keep the boat flat and fast. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The US Maxi 72 Bella Mente, owned by businessman Hap Fauth, won the 2016 world title in Porto Cervo. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Open Season is a Wally 107 owned by former Bugatti boss Thomas Bscher of Germany. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The crew on Nahita hard at work in the "office." Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The Baltic 115 Nikata stretches her legs in Sardinia. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Nahita, J One and Lyra sailing line abreast off Mortorio island. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The Farr 70 Atalanta II skirts a shallow reef on a glamor day for sailing. Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi