Regattas: a lifelong affair between man and sea

Regattas are exclusive events that take place in the most striking and challenging sailing spots on Earth. Each competition brings in a huge influx of seafarers, investors and sailing enthusiasts, polarizing the attention of media and companies alike for the span of a few days at a time.

However, the fascination of men for regattas goes well beyond their exclusiveness. The reason why wealthy patrons and companies sponsor, sailors race, and fans watch in awe regattas is very simple: regattas are a direct challenge between man and nature, a love and hate relationship that takes the best and worst of each crewmember. In this environment, the strong blowing winds, the raging sea currents and the roar of the waves underneath the hulls can be either friends or foes. Regattas are races where competition, camaraderie, enthusiasm and teamwork shine brighter than the sails of the boat glistening in the sun.

Furthermore, the strong appeal of nature is not only limited to the challenge posed by the sea. In fact, regattas usually take place around some of the most breathtaking locations in the world.

Exclusive destinations for regattas

From the green tropical island of Antigua to the island temple of Gamagori Takeshima, from the enclosed lake Garda to the wide open Atlantic Ocean, regattas’ backdrops are as important as the competition itself.
The Antigua Sailing week for example, based out of English Harbour, has a stunning tropical scenery and is characterized by warm trade winds and bright sunny days. Conversely, the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta is characterized by the typical English late summer weather, and is set along Devonshire stony shore. The Kiel Regatta, with its peculiar Nordic-German vibe and looking more like a prelude to the Oktoberfest, is the largest sailing event in the world, attracting millions of fans, and it would not be the same if taken outside the its Hanseatic environment.

Costa Smeralda, stylish haven for regattas fans

However, for its geographical location, crystal clear water and intense yachting and sailing activity, one of the best locations for summer regattas is Costa Smeralda. This part of northern Sardinia is the perfect gateway for sailors intending to navigate around the rocky shores of the Maddalena archipelago and cross the Strait of Bonifacio and reach Corsica. Unsurprisingly, a large number of regattas either take place or stop by Costa Smeralda.
Because of this, the town of Porto Cervo, Costa Smeralda’s most fashionable town, has become an extremely prominent and exclusive sailing and yachting venue. Its yachting club, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), is a renowned member of the international sailing environment, hosting and competing in numerous regattas since the early 1970s. In 2018 alone, the Club and its team will be present in 15 domestic and international competitions: to quote a few, the Atlantic Anniversary Regatta, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta.
Despite the aura of exclusivity surrounding regattas, it is important to remark that these races should not be solely regarded as exclusive events; rather, they are extremely demanding sports tournaments. Because of the speed reached by the boats, the challenging natural environment and the hours long physical strain, the team effort needed to sail one of the competing boats has been compared to piloting a fighter jet or a Formula One car. Such a tremendous amount of energy requires specific training, which makes the sailors of these competitions proper athletes.

Training for a regatta

Physical preparation for regattas varies depending on the kind of regatta one crew is participating in and on the role each crewmember has within his crew. A skipper for example should train his flexibility to prevent back pain with stretching and core exercises, whereas a bowman’s training is characterized by strength and coordination exercises. However, regardless of the different scenarios, regattas crewmembers require considerable aerobic, strength and anaerobic training.

Aerobic training is necessary to improve physical endurance, as regattas take place during the course of days and each crew member endures considerable physical pressure for hours. Running, cycling, rowing and other cardio exercises are especially targeted to increase stamina.

Strength training must develop enough strength to allow the crewmember to do his activity with movement speed, coordination and accuracy. Therefore, callisthenic, kettlebells, barbells and dumbbells exercises at medium intensity are extremely suggested. Furthermore, abdominal muscles also need to be trained, since these are needed to sustain the upper body during the continuous waving of the boat. Exercise balls are really useful to this end, since they train both muscular strength and stability.

Lastly, anaerobic exercises are essential to improve balance, coordination and movement. High Intensity Interval Training, jumping rope and isometrics are very good examples of anaerobic exercises performed by regattas crewmember.

Train like a regatta athlete at Waterfront

In order to train properly, regatta athletes need specific facilities with the right machinery to reach their goals. You can now try their training and equipment in Porto Cervo, the stylish town from which luxury spread to all Costa Smeralda.
At Waterfront, the new temporary luxury exhibition just a few steps away from Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Technogym will be hosting throughout the whole summer classes and training sessions on its SKILL and Personal lines, as well as meetings with fitness experts centred around nutrition and training.

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