1. THE PARTY AT SEA. THE SAIL CUP.
VELAFestival’s big sailing event is already the most crowded regatta in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The regatta/sailing race on Saturday, May 6, open to all boats of all sizes and shapes, with no restrictions, no red tape and no technical complications, with rankings based on length. Towards evening we start with the VELA Cup awards ceremony and then…big party at the dock. And from this year we will be able to race on Sunday as well, we are organizing a combination for those who want to enjoy the party to the last.
2. MANY MUST-SEE EVENTS
From morning to evening you can follow live shows with interviews and stories from the great sailors and sailors who come through the VELAFestival. Friday, May 5 grand gala with the Sailor of the Year award ceremony, not to be missed! The great sailors in direct contact with you for the most prestigious award in Italian sailing. On stage every day specialists also reveal the secrets of their most innovative products.
3. DINGHIES, MULTI, SURF, INFLATABLES RIGHT ON THE BEACH
A “beach village” to touch a dinghy or “small” boat. The best dinghies, monotypes and multihulls. But also surf, kite, sup, kayak, canoe that represent the other side of sailing, the one you take with you, just a beach! And treat yourself to a good relaxation at the beach or try the “little ones” in the sea.
4. A FAIRYTALE WEEKEND IN SANTA MARGHERITA
An exceptional location, the waterfront and harbor are enveloped by the event, which has no entrance fee. The town becomes the capital of sailing and the most beautiful boats in the Mediterranean. It is also an idea for a small vacation to discover eastern Liguria, starting in Portofino and ending in Sestri Levante and continuing to Cinque Terre.
5. ACCESSORIES, CLOTHING AND SERVICES
Every area of sailing boating is waiting for you. Enter the largest nautical store and you can touch (and buy directly). Here you will find everything you are looking for, even what you might not expect at a “normal” boat show.
6. THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL BOATS.
Dozens of new boats at sea ready to visit, told by the people who build them. For all budgets and all tastes, for every need from 3 to 30 meters.At the dock you will also find “Cult” boats, the famous ones, the ones you have heard about but never seen, the ones that have made sailing history. If you want to rent a boat, choose which one you will rent this summer, visit it, and be guided by the experts who will advise you which model is right for you and the best itinerary.
7. SAILING AND SEAMANSHIP SCHOOL
A boat ride for kids or the whole family with an experienced instructor, board a famous yacht and learn how to masthead or make a splice. Playing pirates aboard the schooner Pandora.
8. RELAX AND FOOD.
100 meters of images in a spectacular exhibition telling the story of sailing. Polish up your eyes with the best videos and movies of sailing “shot” on a big screen. The hospitality is the place to relax, chat among enthusiasts, eat and drink among mythical boats. You have an aperitif or simply have a coffee or soda. This year, for the 25th anniversary of the Sailor of the Year we will also set up a Hall of Fame with the history of the winners of the most coveted award in Italian sailing through a special exhibition.
9. VELAFESTIVAL CARD
Thanks to the VELAFestival Card discounts and facilities. Stay well and spend less with the conventions reserved for the VELA Card by “Santa” businesses. Also, privileged access in restricted areas.
10. MEET THE GREAT SAILORS
VELAFestival is also the place to meet your sailing legends and chat over coffee.