Porto Cervo, with its granite rocks sculpted by the wind and a sea that fears no comparison with the Caribbean, is the symbolic location of the Costa Smeralda. In such a precious sea setting, it is for many synonymous with an exclusive lifestyle. For sportspeople, however, it is one of the leading locations in international yachting, well known for having supported the first Italian challenge to the America's Cup in 1983 with the legendary Azzurra. The landing place is located at the end of a natural harbour branching off into various inlets which, seen from above, justify the reference to the noble animal. At the centre of the town is the famous piazzetta, with its lively underpass and seaside promenade, designed by architect Luigi Vietti in a 'Costa Smeralda' style destined to make many proselytes. As for the sporting soul, the calendar of events is very rich: from April to September it is a succession of events and regattas such as the Giorgio Armani Superyacht Regatta, in early June, or even the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, in September, to name but a few. All of them offer the spectacle of boats racing against the backdrop of the islands of the Maddalena archipelago, in the Gulf of Arzachena or the Gulf of Cala di Volpe. The Yacht Club is located at the end of the promenade of the new Porto Cervo Marina and overlooks the Piazza Azzurra, an exclusive meeting and shopping place.