Off to registration! Benvenuto alla TAG Heuer SAIL Cup Med Odyssey, the largest regatta in the history of the Mediterranean, starting on May 15: 4,600 miles aboard superboats all the same, 100-footers like the ultra-fast Maxi Comanche, 80,000 competitors from all over the world, including major players in Italian and international sailing. Sky-high prizes for first-place finishers but not only.
Now all you need is a tablet or a pc or a smartphone. Because the TAG Heuer VELA Cup Med Odyssey is entirely online!
It’s super easy to participate, from your couch at home or from the office, and best of all, anyone can do it, because you don’t have to be a long-distance sailor or an experienced sailor. On the largest virtual regatta portal Virtual Regatta you can approach the adventure in an extremely simple and intuitive way.
Either from a PC or on your device, thanks to the Virtual Regatta App downloadable on Google Play and in theApp Store. You can race in an “all against all” regatta or create your own team to compete against the world’s most acclaimed sailors and win the coveted prizes up for grabs.
AN ADVENTURE FOR ALL
We were talking about adventure. It is indeed “adventure” that is the key word of TAG Heuer VELA Cup Med Odyssey. Adventure because aboard an ultra-performance boat (which you could not own in reality) you embark on a long sail that you would never take on in the real world. But which, thanks to the virtual experience, becomes as immersive as if it were real. And anyone can do it, even those who are not experienced sailors.
Adventure because you will be racing with the real wind, setting sails, course to follow, following the weather forecast, choosing strategy. When you are not connected, the autopilot continues to sail the boat, as in reality. You won’t have to be attached to your device for days! Adventure because by participating you feel like a little hero, whatever your outcome.
Adventure because we tell the story of the regatta on our media and social, daily, as we do in the Giro d’Italia or the cycling Tour de France. The special correspondents are our contributor Luigi Gallerani (who has followed the creation of the TAG Heuer VELA Cup Med Odyssey from day one, and is a big fan of virtual racing) along with our youtuber Fabio Portesan, with interviews with the racers and special guests, day after day.
IN THE HEART OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
And now, we come to the route. Departing from the Ligurian Sea opposite Genoa, heading southwest, passing the French coast, passing near the Balearic Islands, to pass in front of the beautiful Tarifa before passing the Pillars of Hercules. Once past the Strait of Gibraltar, among the Atlantic waves, the goal is to be among the first to round Madeira and past the first buoy, to find the right wind to return to the Mediterranean. Then on to Malta to round Crete, the last mandatory buoy. Past Crete, it will once again be a matter of tactics, to find the course with the most favorable winds and be among the first to cross the finish line in Cagliari, base of Luna Rossa (which, by the way, is participating with its own team, so by signing up you challenge the champions you cheered on during the America’s Cup!).
MORE THAN 50 PRIZES FOR YOU
At the physical VELA Cups, we used to use the “prizes for almost everyone” formula. Given the expected number of participants in Med Odyssey, we cannot promise them this round. But they will still be many, more than 50: from chronographs TAG Heuer Aquaracer for the winners, to the special prizes Garmin (such as Inreach two-way satellites) for competitors who complete the course by taking the best route, and many daily prizes provided by us and our partners, including Murphy & Nye.
With the form below you register for the TAG Heuer VELA Cup Med Odyssey as an absolute star and can win fantastic prizes provided by our partners.
On May 15, the great adventure begins: 4,600 miles in the Mediterranean solo, tens of thousands of entrants, on 100-foot fast boats… You connect whenever you want, the boat you maneuver with your device, and when you are not there it goes by itself. Anyone can participate, for free. Welcome to the TAG Heuer VELA Cup Med Odyssey.
If you register with this form for the TAG Heuer VELA Cup Med Odyssey, in addition to competing for the more than 50 prizes up for grabs:
- your name will be published in the July issue of the Sailing Newspaper in the big report on the THVC Med Odyssey
- you can be selected to participate in live webcasts with our speakers May 15-31