Mania 35, the thoroughbred horse of Caesar Sangermani


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Do you have an idea of what it might mean to take an abandoned boat with the idea of returning it to sea? It is something very similar to opening a Pandora’s box.
The protagonist of this epic feat is Antonio Carne, who after years of work launched Off Side, a Sangermani Mania that had been lying abandoned on the dock of the Italian Yacht Club in Genoa for years.


It took several years of work to restore Off Side’s seaworthiness,” says Antonio, “First of all, all the material had to be recovered and ordered: winches, boom, mast, carpentry, hardware. Some parts though obsolete I salvaged, while others I had to purchase while maintaining the original features of the boat. The rudder, lost during years of neglect, was rebuilt. I worked so hard both on the dead work by redoing the bottom and color, and on the live work by restoring the deck while keeping the original teak and replacing unusable staves, fixing the interior, redoing the dunnage, engine and sails.


It took perseverance and passion to get the job done and crown the dream of returning this historic boat with classic lines to the sea, elegant and marine with which Cesare Sangermani, at the helm of the twin, won the Giraglia in 1972, describing her as a true thoroughbred, fast even in gusts of wind. And I would like to emphasize that the project to return Off Side to the sea was also able to become a reality thanks to the willingness of the Italian Yacht Club and the help of friends and technicians who were instrumental in the restoration.”

Louis Durand De La Penne

Off Side also has a history behind it of great depth having had, when it was still called Givare, as its owner a very respectable character: Admiral Louis Durand de la Penne, who in December 1941, during World War II, in Alexandria, Egypt, not only accomplished the sinking of the British battleship Valiant, but managed to save its entire crew. With such a past, today Off Side, together with its owner, will take its story around the seas and ports throughout the Mediterranean.



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