Organizing a solo regatta? Circolo Nautico Riva di Traiano is doing it right: at the new Rome for One there are already thirteen skippers registered and the number is set to increase. In the run-up to the 535-mile regatta scheduled, along with the traditional Rome for Two and Rome for All, starting April 6, the club has organized a sleep management course in which all those who plan to participate solo are required to attend. It was a success: the 15 spots available for the first session (which begins Feb. 28) sold out in no time. Therefore, it was decided to replicate the course on March 7, and even this date soon became saturated.
THE ONBOARD NAP SPECIALIST
The course is taught by Dr. Claudio Stampi, a Bolognese physician who first specialized in biometric engineering, then in neurology and finally, driven by his interests in biological sleep rhythms, founded the Chronobiology Research Institute in the USA. For a solo sailor or someone who is also in charge of a boat as a crew, being able to control sleep and be able to increase waking hours while maintaining optimal alertness is a fundamental requirement for both safety and successful sport performance. “Doctor Sleep,” that’s Stampi’s nickname in the States, is world-famous and advises not only the most famous sailors who have ventured solo in the Ocean, starting with Ellen MacArthur, but also professionals of all kinds and even astronauts. It all starts with sailing, however, and just “working with sailors committed to competing solo over long distances,” Stampi reveals. we have found that the best results in terms of concentration and quality of life are obtained by sleeping about 4 hours a day, with 4 hours of wakefulness interspersed with naps that can range from 30 to 60 minutes“. For the study day, participants should come equipped with a thin mat and a sleeping bag. That is, from theory we will immediately move to practice.
THE THIRTEEN FEARLESS
Among the Roma per Uno entrants, the now familiar names of Valerio Brinati, Matteo Miceli, Riccardo Capociuchi, Hugues Le Cardinal, Isidoro Santececca, Carlo Potestà, Alessandro Fiordiponti, Mario Girelli, Enzino Donadio, Giacomo Sabbatini and Pierpaolo Ballerini were joined by Sergio Frattaruolo and Tullio Picciolini. And so we are at 13, but the number is bound to increase.
THE ROUTE OF THE REGATTA
It will start from Riva di Traiano, and pass through the Ventotene gate to Lipari (in the Aeolian Islands), and then return to Riva
: a long and complicated route in a notoriously difficult season full of weather variables. Assistance and safety will also have to be carefully planned in a solo race that takes place in a busy sea like the Tyrrhenian Sea and also crosses the Gulf of Naples, a total of 535 miles. The great desire for long sailing and adventure is also growing for everyday sailors. That’s okay! www.romaper2.com