Would you like to end the summer season on a high note by participating in a beautiful sailing festival on one of Italy’s most beautiful stretches of coastline? So come to Liguria on September 17 for the TAG Heuer VELA Cup in La Spezia/Golfo dei Poeti. Lots of fun, prizes for everyone and a super relaxed atmosphere awaits you.
The Gulf of Poets is waiting for you. The TAG Heuer VELA Cup in La Spezia/Golfo dei Poeti, the last stop of the famous regatta circuit organized for 2022 by the Giornale della Vela, is now only one week away, and it is staged on Saturday, Sept. 17.
This appointment takes you sailing along one of the most picturesque stretches of coastline on our Peninsula, the one from Portovenere to Lerici in Liguria, along which there are seaside villages, ancient churches, medieval castles, rocky shores, bays and nature reserves.
Summer ends, but the passion for sailing does not
Moreover, the TAG Heuer VELA Cup in La Spezia/Golfo dei Poeti takes place within the largest sailing festival in Liguria, the Golfo dei Poeti Cup, which also hosts ORC and vintage boat races. In short, it is a wonderful opportunity to continue boating, plying the waves and being together in the late summer for all sailing enthusiasts.
The Vela Cup formula that participants like so much is repeated again at this Ligurian stop since there is no event in Italy more simple, immediate and open to all than this one. You can participate with any boat, of any size and shape and challenge other crews without necessarily having to have a tonnage certificate. The Gulf of La Spezia Sailing Clubs Committee is on hand to provide all boats with a compensation system. Everything is designed for everyone to enjoy without stress and bureaucracy. And if you are not a boat owner, you can rent a boat to participate in the VELA Cup and then set out on a cruise.
Passing through the crossing of Portovenere and Lerici
The TAG Heuer VELA Cup La Spezia/Golfo dei Poeti program of the event includes at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, pickup of the gift bag full of gadgets from the event sponsors. Then at 10 a.m. there will be pre-race briefing and at 11 a.m. the start of the regatta. The route winds within the Gulf of La Spezia with the fleet passing by the Tino and Palmaria islands, passing by the seaside villages of Portovenere, Lerici and Le Grazie.
Ready for a selfie on the awards stage?
Once you cross the finish line, you will relax on the ground while enjoying an aperitif. After that, an award ceremony organized in a picturesque outdoor area awaits you. As for prizes, there is something for everyone. For the first of each class, for the last, the most curious boats, the most elegant, those from far away, etc. You can then win by raffle the gorgeous TAG Heuer Aquaracer watch or the “magical” Garmin InReach satellite GPS, as well as an inflatable Sup from Vetus, waterproof gloves from Plastimo and a utility knife from Letherman. The award ceremony will be followed by a real “food festival” with lots of gourmet delicacies, wine galore and live music.
Those who have taken part in past editions know it well: only at the Vela Cup does the desire to get together, immerse oneself in the nature of a stunning location, have fun and experience a weekend dedicated to one’s passion win out. Would you like to come with us?
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE SPICE SAILING CUP
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE – Any kind of boat with no age limit, in the “Cruise” (white sails) and “Regatta” (with gennaker/spi, etc.) categories.
MOORINGS – Main marinas where you can moor: Porto Mirabello, Porto Lotti, Marina di Fezzano, Marina di Portovenere and piers of the main clubs in the Gulf.
DURATION AND ROUTE – Each of the “Regattas” lasts no more than 3-4 hours. The route
THE EQUIPMENT – You don’t have to be an experienced sailor to participate; you don’t use the “rules of racing” but those of sailing.
PRIZES – Prizes are awarded to the first in each class in the “Cruise” and “Regatta” categories, the overall winner on corrected time, for all precious silk-screened plates. For the first real-time Speedy antifouling from Veneziani. Rich prizes raffled among all participants at the awards ceremony held that evening, up for grabs from Garmin are an InReach Mini 2 satellite receiver, an inflatable Sup from Vetus, waterproof gloves from Plastimo, multi-purpose knife from Letherman, and a magical roll-up sailor’s craft from Seably.
GIFT BAG – Each registered boat receives a lavish gift bag with race instructions and number stickers, TAG Heuer Vela Cup T shirt. TAG Heuer also offers forestay flag, crew bracelets and caps. Also find useful gadgets from Garmin, Plastimo, Vetus, Veneziani, Seably.
REGISTRATION – Participating is easy, sign up at www.velacup.it or directly at the dock.
INFO – velacup.co.uk, giornaledellavela.com.