Corsica for Two/For All, the long “Anglo-Saxon” in the Mediterranean


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corsicaperdueReady to challenge yourselves as “long-range” navigators in a major classic? We are talking about Corsica for Two/Corsica for All, departing on May 9., organized by the Tigullio Sailing Societies Committee on the approximately 400-mile route Gulf of Tigullio – Tour of Corsica – Gulf of Tigullio (leaving Corsica and all the French islands and reefs to the left). The route is simple, but at the same time very varied, with stretches of true high seas and others of inshore sailing, from the charms of Tigullio to the always exciting passage of the Bocche di Bonifacio.

Corsica for Two (i.e., reserved for double crews) will be run in real time, while the Corsica for All ranking will be based on the calculation of compensated times. The regatta is open to all single-hull, multihull and multihull cabin cruiser and motorsailers capable of offshore sailing, cruising or racing, of all types and nationalities, divided into categories (from the Open 30 with a minimum limit at 8 meters to the Foxtrot with no upper limit). Regularly registered yachts will enjoy free moorings from May 2 to May 25, 2015 (while transit berths are available) at the port of Lavagna.

It will start on Saturday, May 9, at 11:30 p.m., but before that, the regatta will take center stage at the TAG Heuer VELAFestival in Santa Margherita Ligure, Genoa, starting at 4 p.m. the same day. Pre-race briefings by experts, useful for racers but not only, will be held on the events stage: safety will be discussed with Umberto Verna of Safety World, meteorology with Gianfranco Meggiorin of Navimeteo, and the actual event with Race Committee chairman Marco Cimarosti. There will be some important names on the starting line such as Franco “Ciccio” Manzoli, the first Italian to win the OSTAR in real time or Roberto Westermann, third at the same regatta.

Corsica for Two/Corsica for All was born twenty-one years ago. In 1994 a group of local sailors modeled themselves after traditional regattas in the Anglo-Saxon world, such as the Round Ireland and Britain Race, to create a true offshore race in the Mediterranean. And it was immediately a success, almost thirty boats participating and great enthusiasm. First to inscribe its name in the regatta’s roll of honor was Gabriele De Bono’s Juno Anicaflash, the largest boat in the race and first in real time across the finish line. Over the years, the regatta held true to its original formula: rounding Corsica counterclockwise for about 400 miles of technical and challenging sailing, with only the addition of the “for All” category in the late 1990s. In twenty years, all the “baddest” boats and most titled sailors have wanted to link their names to Corsica per Due/Corsica per Tutti from Pierre Sicouri to members of the Malingri family, from miners Moresino and Gancia to the Manzoli brothers, from Mauro Pelaschier to Sandro Buzzi, Roberto Westermann and many others making it a true and unmissable classic.

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