On Saturday, June 4, the waters of the Lower Adriatic welcomed the fleet of crews lined up for the start of the TAG Heuer VELA Cup Brindisi. A sunny and windy day that rushed by amidst splendid sailing along the coast, prizes for all and lots of fun on the water and ashore.
A beautiful early summer day with sunshine and warm breezes to fill the sails rewarded the fleet of boats that took part in the TAG Heuer VELA Cup in Brindisi last June 4. Lined up at the start of the event, the second leg of the circuit organized by the Newspaper of Sailing, were more than 40 colorful crews of all shapes and sizes, as is in the DNA of this great celebration of the sea. Sport boats and racers juggled at the helm alongside pure cruisers led by family crews, as well as historic hulls with many miles behind them that added a classic and elegant note to the whole.
Lots of fun for everyone on the water and ashore, and that in the end was the real goal of the TAG Heuer VELA Cup Brindisi.
A breathtaking race course. And there was also Joshua’s twin.
Once registration was completed and the rich gift bags with many useful gadgets were delivered to participants, the pre-race briefing was held on Saturday morning at 9:30 am. Northeast wind conditions of 9-10 knots convinced the organizing committee to shorten the coastal course off the prestigious Brindisi beaches of Punta Penne and Torre Testa. So the start was given at 11 a.m. An apt choice as the wind strengthened to 12-14 knots in the afternoon and allowed the entire fleet to complete the race. Joshua himself, a reproduction of the legendary boat of ocean sailing guru Bernard Moitessier brought to the event by the Fondazione dal Mare, proudly crossed the finish line within the maximum time limits set by the race committee. Not an easy feat for a slow and heavy hull, but one that is full of charm and especially led among others by some lucky enthusiasts who came aboard.
Among the “sea views” to follow the sailing with guests on board was the “mobile aquatic laboratory boat” Pelagia from the University of Salento.
The city of Brindisi celebrated the winners
Otherwise, the regatta formula was very simple: whoever comes first wins, with divisions by homogeneous length classes in the “Cruise” and “Regatta” categories. Here are the winners in their respective classes: Alkaid, Antonio Caforio, Arpège (Cruise 1); 1 Orfeo, Stefano Greco, Sweden Yachts 340 (Cruise 2); Flash, Andrea Militia Farr 39 (Cruise 3); Birba, Riccardo Gismondi, Oceanis 42 (Cruise 4); Momix, Luigi De Bernardo, Sun Odyssey 49 (Cruise 5); 2Alfa2, Giuseppe Cazzaro, Grand Soleil 341 (Race 1); Xmas, Massimiliano Rella, Millenium (Race 2); Verve Camer, Giuseppe Greco, Comet 50 Race (Race 3). Winning the VELA Cup on corrected time was the same 2Alfa2 under the command of Giuseppe Cazzato.
The winners of the TAG Heuer VELA Cup raffle prizes.
Big party, ashore, for the awards ceremony, preceded by an aperitif offered by the harbor restaurant Il Porticciolo with wines provided by Tre Palma Winery. These are the lucky winners of prizes provided by TAG Heuer VELA Cup partners.
The valuable TAG Heuer Aquaracer chronograph was won by lottery by Giuseppe Greco, owner of the Comet 50 Race Verve Camer mentioned above, who also won, as the overall Regatta class winner, the Adherpox primer and Speedy Carbonium antifouling from Veneziani Yachting.
The YellowV sup raffled by Vetus was won by Paolo Mitrotta, owner of the Elan 37 Lea; the Plastimo waterproof sailing gloves, on the other hand, were the prerogative of Maurizio Ciullo, owner of the Bavaria Cruiser 33 Perla Nera. The Revolve roll-up sailor craft raffled off by Seably was won by Angelo Lombardo, owner of the J24 Cattivissimo J. Garmin’s Inreach Mini satellite communicator was won by Fabio Leoci, owner of the Bavaria 36 X BAC. The legendary multi-purpose boat Leatherman Charge Plus was won by Stefano Olivieri aboard the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 29.2 Saturn.
During the award ceremony organized inside a green space set up in the Brindisi Marina, the mayor of Brindisi spoke. Riccardo Rossi, the city of Brindisi’s councillor for sport. Oreste Pinto, Tourism Councillor Emma Taveri, Undersecretary of State for Justice Anna Macina, the Honorable Giovanni Aresta, and Port Authority Commander Capt. Fabrizio Corke. The city of Brindisi wanted to award a special plaque to the Taranto-based Fondazione dal Mare, which has been working to spread seafaring culture throughout Italy since 2011.
A stellar reception for crews
Serving as the setting for the TAG Heuer VELA Cup in Brindisi was Marinedi’s Marina di Brindisi, a modern and functional facility with all the best nautical services, including a first-class shipyard, which offered all crews from outside a week’s free mooring. “It was a beautiful sail with great participation at sea and ashore and everyone had a good time,” said Claudio Gorelli, president of the Brindisi Marina. that was our goal. Truly a great celebration for all of us who love sailing and sailing. The whole city felt involved in the event, both as an audience and as institutions. I am also particularly pleased with the appreciation we received from all the participants for the organization and the welcome given by the Marina di Brindisi. We have worked hard in this regard, and the satisfaction of the crews pays off. Our location is perfect for events like the VELA Cup and we look forward to doing it again next year“.
TAG Heuer VELA Cup, good first in Brindisi, and now see you in Venice
It was the first time in this 2022 that the TAG Heuer VELA Cup circuit made a stopover in Brindisi, a magnificent location that is much appreciated by seafarers and that could not be missed in the list of stops that, according to the Giornale della Vela, are the best our Belpaese can offer. Strengthened by this success, see you then at the next stage: on July 23/24 the VELA Cup arrives in Venice!
FULL RANKINGS SAILING CUP BRINDISI 2022
CRUISE CLASS 1
1 Alkaid, Antonio Caforio, Arpège; 2 Rene’e Antonio Trabacca, Alpa 9.50; 3 Saturn, Stefano Olivieri, Sun Odyssey 29.2; dnf Karma, Giorgio lapenna, Ziggurat; dnf Kairos, Tommaso Fischetto, Alpa 9.50.
CRUISE CLASS 2
1 Orfeo, Stefano Greco, Sweden Yachts 340; 2 Deneb, Giancarlo Scordaro, Nd; 3 X Bac, Fabio Leori Bavaria 36; 4 Nigib 3, Angelo Delvento Impala 35; 5 Sunny, Daniele Alessandro Maruccia, Joshua 40 Meta; 6 Black Pearl, Maurizio Ciullo 33 Cruiser; Dnf Silver Age, Giuseppe Parisi, Dheler; Dnf Malù, Antonio D’Abronzo, Cbs Serenity 64.
CRUISE CLASS 3
1 Flash, Andrea Milizia Farr 39; 2 Lea, Paolo Mitrotta, Elan 37; 3 La Pirata, Sergio De Mauro, Bavaria Holiday 38; Dnf Sei La Prima, Giosuè Rodia Sun Odyssey 37; Dnf Cean, Francesco Carlucci, Show 38.
CRUISE CLASS 4
1 Birba, Riccardo Gismondi, Oceanis 42; Dnf Eloise, Marco Navazio, Amel 41 Euros; Dnf Follia III, Stefano Salvemini, Alpa 11.50.
CRUISE CLASS 5
1 Momix, Luigi De Bernardo, Sun Odyssey 49; 2 No Problem, Fernando Donno Sintesi 45; 3 Alguer, Danilo Gnoni, Bavaria 42; 4 Dama Dei Venti, Ernesto Di Pietro, Bénéteau 50; Dnf Lothian Sky, Eugenio Gazzano, Hanse 455.
REGATTA CLASS 1
1 2Alfa2, Giuseppe Cazzato, Grand Soleil 341; 2 Gallo Cedrone, Paolo Amilcare, Platu 25; 3 Cattivissimo J, Angelo Lombardo, J24; 4 Baruffa, Agostinio Penta, Delphia 40; Dns La Samana De Margherita, Giovanni Antonio Camassa, J24; Dns X-Lion, Leone Pellè, X-35.
REGATTA CLASS 2
1 Xmas, Massimiliano Rella, Millenium; 2 Morgan, Andrea Labia, Grand Soleil 40; 3 Soft, Marco Andrisano, Dufour 40 Performance; 4 Shaula, Dario Gaetani, Grand Soleil 40 M; 5 Grande Cesare, Giosuè Barsotti, Grand Soleil 40; Dns Talitha Gianluca Fischetto, Salona 41.
REGATTA CLASS 3
1 Verve Camer, Giuseppe Greco, Comet 50 Race.
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