View from the Starwood Sports Club of Putin's compound. The Russian President's helicopter lands at this compound frequently. Putin and Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi frequently met here in Costa Smeralda, Sassari and Porto Cervo.
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The Sardinia Rolex Cup has always been a team event where sailing nations send their finest racing yachts and crews to battle not for individual honours, but for the international prestige that comes with representing the best team on the water.
Since its first edition, the Sardinia Rolex Cup has grown and evolved with the sport of offshore keelboat racing. The three yacht designs selected for this year's Sardinia Rolex Cup represent a good cross-sec¬tion of state-of-the-art, modern yacht racing design. Each nation team is made up of three boats, two of which are highly successful one-designs, the Farr 40 and the Swan 45, while the third is a box-rule class, the TP52. Teams collect points by combining the scores of their three boats, with the winning team finishing with the lowest points score.
Amongst the famous names lining up this year are the 2006 Acura Key West Farr 40 winner Mascalzone Latino of Vincenzo Onorato (ITA) and Stefano Polti's (ITA) Swan 45 Mintaka, current leader of the Swan 45 Mediterranean circuit. Amongst the TP52s set to compete are Michael Illbruck's (GER) Pinta and John Buchan's (USA) Wokita.Com.
Catholic Church Stella Maris overlooking Porto Cervo's Old Port
A masterpiece of modern church architecture, designed by Michele Busiri Vici in the early 1960's at Porto Cervo. The inside of the church is characterized by noble simplicity, and unusual artworks and donations. The scent of wood originates from the precious local juniper that has been used for the furniture. In one of the niches El Greco's intense Mater Dolorosa is displayed. The artwork painted by the Spanish of Cretan origin in 16th century has been a donation from the Baroness Bentink. Above the entrance sits the recently restored barreled organ, planned by the master and great architect Tommaso Demartino.
The magic of the archipelago Maddalena and the cork forests contorted by the force of the north-west wind. Beaches that have the highest concentration of VIP's of the Costa Smeralda and the folding, isolated countryside, where there still exist perpetual rhythms of life already centuries old. There are cliffs modelled by the hand of nature and prehistoric architecture that challenges eternity. They say that the Gallura is "and island in an island", so what can be said for a hundred "islands" that accompany it? That it is a land of "coup de foudre" there is no doubt. The Aga Khan, the prince, knew something, when in the first few years "created", the Costa Smeralda, to be one of the most elegant holiday places in the world.
Very commercial but a must see nonetheless - an array of private yachts that are more the size of ships.
This is a private vessel moored at Porto Cervo's old port.