During the Sailor of the Year evening on Friday, May 6, the TAG Heuer VELAFestival Grand Prize will also be awarded, a tribute to a great sailor’s career that this year will be given to Mario Pedol and Massimo Gino for 30 years of Nauta Yachts during which Italian designers designed the world’s most beautiful boats.
Nauta Yachts is one of the certainties of nautical “made in Italy” that places us in the high rungs of world consideration. This success was the result of a great passion and a deliberate but also somewhat accidental and adventurous beginning. One of those stories that resembles building and inventing computers in a garage, where the engine of success is one’s great passion. The firm’s spokesperson is Mario Pedol, of the trio who founded in ’85 the firm that began as a construction site remains with him Massimo Gino. In the firm some 15 engineers, architects, yacht designers. Nauta’s signature is now on dozens of boats, from the world’s largest, the 180-meter-long megayacht Azzam, to the smaller and in some ways more difficult boats in the Beneteau production.
TEN EXAMPLES OF THE NAUTA FEELING
1980 – OYSTER 37. Under the name Nauta Import, he distributed from England the Oyster, which were racing-cruising boats at the time, managing to sell four examples.
1986 – NAUTA 54. The debut of the current Nauta Yachts with the 54 displayed at the 1986 Genoa Boat Show was a success with compliments galore.