There is only one day left until the TAG Heuer VELA Cup Cala dei Sardi that on May 27 and 28 sees a fleet of more than 40 crews of all types enjoying the sea of the beautiful Costa Smeralda, racing and having fun together. The event is open to all and you can still register!
This is it, everything is ready at Cala dei Sardi in Sardinia to kick off one of the most anticipated events of the sailing season. Indeed, on the weekend of August 27 and 28, the TAG Heuer VELA Cup Cala dei Sardi, the fourth leg of Italy’s most popular regatta and sailing circuit, takes place. So there is only one day left until this great sailing festival organized in one of the most beautiful places in the Mediterranean. But there is still time to sign up.
One day left, but you can still sign up!
A stunning location awaits you, as the event takes place in the Gulf of Cugnana, between Portisco and Porto Rotondo. In short, we are in the heart of the Emerald Coast surrounded by enchanting beaches and islands, such as the Maddalena Archipelago. A marina, the Cala dei Sardi, that is every sailor’s dream with all the latest facilities, beaches, English lawns and clear waters for swimming. But above all, it is a regatta prized above all for its special format: anyone can participate, all you need is a sailboat over 4 meters in length of any type, whether racing or cruising, there are no age limits for crews, the rankings are based on length, and whoever comes in first wins. Zero bureaucracy, just fun! And it is because of this spirit that there are already more than 40 entries for the TAG Heuer VELA Cup Cala dei Sardi.
A fleet of many different boats
Among them many different boats and crews, but with the same desire to relax, race together and have fun. There are cruising and racing boats, monohulls and catamarans, small cabin cruisers, dinghies and vintage boats. There is also no shortage of a few sailing stars such as ocean sailor Andrea Mura with his new catamaran “Vento di Sardegna Explorer,” Vincenzo Onorato aboard his favorite Swan 65 and Cagliari sailor Simone Camba at the helm of his Bavaria 44 “Anastasia.” At the TAG Heuer Vela Cup Cala dei Sardi – Costa Smeralda/Porto Rotondo there are also boat models that are at the antipodes. This is the case, for example, with the 1964 lateen-sailed Riva gozzo of Magdalen shipowner Pietro Antonio Biosa, which will sail alongside Paolo Corvo’s Laser 3000 “Lightning.”
You arrive on August 27 and race on the 28th
The big celebration of the TAG Heuer Vela Cup Cala dei Sardi – Costa Smeralda/Porto Rotondo begins on Saturday, August 27, with the opening of the registration office from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Marina di Cala dei Sardi. Here you will collect your Gift Bag with lots of yummy gadgets, regatta instructions and stickers to apply to your hull.
Then on Sunday, August 28, the Briefing will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Marina di Cala dei Sardi to be followed at 11:00 a.m. by the departure procedures. As for the TAG Heuer Vela Cup Cala dei Sardi – Costa Smeralda/Porto Rotondo course, it starts from Porto Rotondo, then the fleet heads to Mortoriotto (reef in front of Mortorio), turns and descends back to the Gulf of Cugnana, leaving the islands of Mortorio and Soffi on the left. The finish line is set up in front of the Marina dii Cala dei Sardi. The second course, in case of weak wind, will instead be reduced to 13-15 miles, and the fleet will pass through the channel between Soffi Island and Mortorio.
Once the regatta is over, the awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Cala dei Sardi Marina. At the TAG Heuer Vela Cup Cala dei Sardi – Costa Smeralda/Porto Rotondo, prizes are awarded to the top category finishers, the most beautiful and curious boats, and vintage hulls. There will also be prizes for the Last Coming and Gentleman Yachting as well as special prizes for Lagoon catamarans and Bénéteau boats and for the fastest charter boat. And then the luckiest will win prestigious raffle prizes, starting with a beautiful TAG Heuer Aquaracer.
Mooring is free for all participants who can take advantage of Cala dei Sardi’s state-of-the-art floating docks or stay at anchor in the Gulf of Cugnana with free shore transfer provided by NSS Charter.
In short, the TAG Heuer Vela Cup Cala dei Sardi – Costa Smeralda/Porto Rotondo will be a beautiful celebration of sailing in one of the most beautiful locations in the Mediterranean. Don’t miss it!
Everything you need to know about the TAG Heuer VELA Cup 2022
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE-Any type of boat with no age limit; no certificate is required. First place winner, with divisions by homogeneous length classes, “Cruise” (white sail)” and “Regatta” (with gennaker/spi)” categories.
FREE BERTHS – For boats participating and arriving from “outside.”
DURATION AND ROUTE – Each of the “Regattas” lasts no more than 3-4 hours. The route is coastal.
THE EQUIPMENT – You don’t have to be an experienced sailor to participate; you don’t use the “rules of racing” but those of sailing.
PRIZES – Prizes are awarded to the first in each class in the “Cruise” and “Regatta” categories with valuable silk-screened plates. The overall winner in compensated time among all participants wins the prestigious TAG Heuer Aquaracer watch and for first in real time antifouling Speedy from Veneziani. Rich prizes raffled among all participants at the awards ceremony held that evening, up for grabs from Garmin are an InReachMini 2 satellite receiver, an inflatable Sup from Vetus, waterproof gloves from Plastimo, multi-purpose knife from Letherman, and a magical roll-up sailor’s craft from Seably.
GIFT BAG – Each registered boat receives a lavish gift bag with race instructions and number stickers, TAG Heuer Vela Cup T shirt. TAG Heuer also offers forestay flag, crew bracelets and caps. Also find useful gadgets from Garmin, Plastimo, Vetus, Veneziani, Seably.
REGISTRATION – Participating is easy, sign up at www.velacup.it or directly at the dock.
THE 2022 STAGES-May 7/8-Liguria di Levante, Chiavari-Golfo del Tigullio, Marina Calata Ovest; June 4/5 Puglia, Brindisi, Marina di Brindisi; July 23/24 Venice, Compagnia della Vela; August 27/28 Sardinia (Costa Smeralda), Cala dei Sardi; September 17 Gulf of la Spezia.