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The Clubhouse facing on Piazza Azzurra.
The Hall
The YCCS at night.
Via della Marina
07020 Porto Cervo (SS)
Tel. +39 0789 902200
Fax. +39 0789 91257 / 91213

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The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda was founded on the 12th of May 1967 by H.H. Aga Khan, Andrè Ardoin, Giuseppe Kerry Mentasti and Luigi Vietti as a non-profit making sporting association for fellow sailing enthusiasts and with a view to promoting related activities.
Initially set up in the Maison Du Port on the quay of the East Port, the Yacht Club moved to new, larger (5,800 square metres) premises in 1977. It operates from a building built on the opposite side of Porto Cervo overlooking the new marina and members have access to several meeting-rooms, a bar, a restaurant and a spacious terrace with its own swimming pool. In 1979, guest-rooms for the Members were added, with four comfortably furnished suites and three rooms overlooking the swimming pool. Since 1993 the Club also offers a Sports Centre, a modern berth and mooring-place for Members and guests. It started out in 1982 as the 12 Metre Centre, the Club's nautical nerve-centre, and today is mainly used as a base for Smeralda 888s. It is from here that all the support ships leave for the Club's regattas. Since the 29th of October 1996, the Association has been recognised by the Region of Sardinia as an independent, non-profit making legal entity.
The Club's present flag was adopted in 1975. It consists of a red four-pointed diamond with concave sides edged in white on a blue background. Over the years, the number of international sporting events and regattas in which members have participated has ensured that the Club's flag and its name have become instantly recognisable the world over. The burgee's design is incorporated on all the Club's articles and distinguishes all the products available from the Members' exclusive boutique.
The Club has been affiliated with the Italian Sailing Federation since 1968 and with the Italian Powerboat Federation since 1978. From its inception, the Club has regularly run regattas in collaboration with the most important Italian yacht clubs and it was in 1972 that the first edition of the Settimana delle Bocche was held, an event that was quickly to establish itself as one of the most important competitions in the Mediterranean calendar. The following year, the Club organised the One Ton Cup and became recognised as the primary promoter of competitive offshore sailing in Italy and in the Mediterranean. The first Sardinia Cup was held in 1978. This series of regattas was aimed at training and selecting teams for the Admiral's Cup. In fact, the Sardinia Cup is held in alternative years to the famous race in the Solent. 1980 saw the start of the Maxi Yacht World Championship for vessels belonging to the ICAYA. This is another biannual event, held in years with odd numbers and sees a wide selection of these spectacular sailing ships gather at Porto Cervo. The races have certainly boosted the popularity of these ships and that of this class of racing. As a result, since 1986, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has been entrusted with the secretary and is the Mediterranean headquarters for the Association. That same year was also the beginning of another important sailing event: the Swan World Cup, a biannual gathering of ships built by the Nautor Shipyard. Another event to take place in 1980 was the first ever Costa Smeralda Offshore Grand Prix, one of the top offshore races on the calendar. And 1980 was also the year when the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda started promoting the use of veteran ships, although two years would pass before these marvellous sailing ships gathered in the Old Port of Porto Cervo. 1981 saw the launch of the Smeralda Prima, a second IOR class which has taken part in numerous national and international races, coming second in class in the World Championships to the delight of members and local enthusiasts alike. That was the same year Italy decided to go for the America's Cup. In 1983, the 12 Metre Azzurra came a triumphant third in the qualification heats for the finals off Newport. The Azzurra's success was symbolic result for Italy's aspirations and its progress was followed closely by fans at home. Thanks to that success, the first 12 Metre Class World Championship was held in Porto Cervo in 1984. That same year, the Royal Perth Yacht Club chose the YCCS to act as Challenger of Record for the 1987 edition of the America's Cup. As such, the YCCS had to co-ordinate all the preparations of the challengers for the Cup, as well as organise all the pre-selection heats to be held in Australia. Those heats again saw the participation of a vessel flying YCCS colours: Azzurra '87. In 1991, the members of the YCCS commissioned German Frers to design a one-make sailing boat which could take part in fleet yacht races and match races. The first examples of the Smeralda 888 were launched in 1992 and quickly proved fast, competitive and good to handle even with only three crew members. 1992 was also the year of a historical Italian achievement in the field of powerboat construction: the Destriero crossed the Atlantic in 58 hours 54' 50", covering the 3,106 miles between the Ambrose Light off New York and the Bishop Rock lighthouse on the Isles of Scilly at an average speed of 98.323 km/h. This brilliant result returned the Blue Riband to Italy for the first time since the transatlantic liner Rex took the record in 1933. At the same time, the Destriero also won the Columbus Atlantic Trophy, the prize instituted by the New York Yacht Club and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda for the two-way crossing of the Atlantic.

Today the YCCS enjoys a fully reciprocal twinning agreement with the Yacht Club di Monaco, and, since July 2002, with the New York Yacht Club. The Clubhouse has been completely renovated over the past two years in a project supervised by New York architect, Peter Marino, making it one of the most beautifully functional structures of its kind in the world.
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