Meteor, it’s almost magic: long live the monotype that unites families and generations


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What a beautiful Meteor class. A fun, inexpensive, evergreen boat (designed in 1968 it was produced in thousands and is still one of the most popular one-designs in Italy). Most importantly–for everyone from 3 to 100 years of age. In addition, he possesses what a psychologist might call. “therapeutic function.” It is able to unite generations and families.

A confirmation of this is the beautiful story we tell you. At the two-day match-race dedicated to the Meteor in Venice (organized by Meteorsharing), Team Gargantua, which came to play for the victory in the finals against Avas Unlimited (eventual winners), was composed of a very special crew.
board three generations of the Coltro family: grandfather Gianni, sons Filippo and Marino his granddaughter Celeste.

It was Team Gargantua that won the special ‘Father&Son’ ranking reserved for crews composed of fathers and sons due to the event’s conjunction with Father’s Day. But in what other sport but sailing can grandfather, son and grandson compete as a team?

The original Meteor design (source Assometeor)

The Meteor was born, as mentioned, from the pencil of architect naval E.G. Van De Stadt of the Netherlands, who in the year 1968 designed this small cabin cruiser with Italian seas and lakes in mind.

Very robust and safe, this six-meter is suitable for both cruising and racing and has since been built in thousands of examples, becoming one of the most popular boats in Italy.

For many sailors, it represented the first cabin cruiser that allowed true experiences of navigation. The shipyard that built the first Meteor in 1968 was Sipla of Forli (later to become the famous Comar shipyard). After 49 years, the Meteor is still in production (from the Nauticalodi s.a.s. shipyard) and has a very active class(

Costs for a new boat? They start at 12,000 euros for the version without deck equipment (for those who want more customization) up to 16,000 for the “regatta” model complete with all the more racer equipment. But the good thing is that since it is a popular monotype you will be able to find very good bargains even in second-hand. Indicative prices, for boats ready to sail, range from 2,000 to 5,000 euros.

On the Meteor they took their first steps in the sphere of bulb monotypes or made a fleeting appearance very famous Italian sailors. Such as Flavio Favini, Sandro and Paolo Montefusco, Enrico Negri, Giorgio Zuccoli, Francesco De Angelis, Tiziano Nava, Jerry Ford, Claudio De Martis, Gianni Torboli, Mauro Pelaschier (and many, many others!).

Hull length: 6 m
Displacement: 770 kg
Mainsail: 9.55 m²
Genoa: 12 m²
Jib: 8.35 m²
Tormentin: 4.05 m²
Spinnaker: 26 m²
Project: Van de Stadt (1968)



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