Yachting history at the Grand Soleil Cup 2019. A great celebration of sailing

It was impressive to see on the starting line of the Grand Soleil Cup 2019 Luciano Voltolina’s 1984 Grand Soleil 39 (best refitting award) looking like it had just left the yard paired at the start with the brand new Grand Soleil 48 Race Athyris by Sergio Taccheo. Not to mention the winner of the “race” standings, the Elca (pictured above), a 25-year-old Doug Peterson-designed GS 50 refurbished by Carlo Naibo, with a gleaming mustard-yellow hull, competing with the real time winner, the new Grand Soleil 58 Forever.

A big party this nineteenth edition of the gathering of the Pardo shipyard’s boats with forty-three Grand Soleils at the start of the race of all kinds, lengths, and shapes (record number of participations in the Adriatic). Also there, parading out of the regatta, was the brand new 24-meter maxi GS 80 Custom Essentia, on its first outing at sea. A piece of sailing history gathered at Porto Piccolo in the Gulf of Trieste, where Grand Soleil models ranging from the 1970s to the newly launched were present.

In the end, as a testament to this “old/new” mix, the small 2018 Grand Soleil 34 Performance, a last-generation boat, won on time-compensated overall Aigylion.

Prominent in this mix of Cantiere del Pardo’s four-generation boats were the shipyard’s newest additions, from the Grand Soleil LC 52 to the GS 34 Performance, from the Grand Soleil LC 46 to the two Grand Soleil 58s, which competed on the race course as if in a match race. Aboard many boats enjoyed champions of offshore sailing from Trieste, from Furio Benussi to Corrado Rossignoli, to name just a couple of names.

A regatta that saw 500 Grand Soleil enthusiasts from as far away as Australia (the Grand Soleil LC 52 Dire Straits won the Long Way Home award) to Puerto Rico, Holland to Germany, the Czech Republic to France.

The ranking

GRAND CROCIERA: 1st Aigylion – GS 34 Performance – Oris D’Ubaldo; 2nd – Forever- GS 58 Performance – Claudio Bernoni; 3rd – Eigen One – GS 46.3 J&J – Ugo Loser.

RACE: 1st – Elca – GS 50 Peterson – Carlo Naibo; 2nd – Sagola – GS 39 Maletto – Fausto Pierobon; 3rd – Renoir – GS 40 Paperini – Mario Pellegrini.

WHITE SAILS: 1st – Kiss – GS 343 Jezequel – Renato Metlicovez; 2nd – Diecicentouno – GS 42 Frers – Stefano Ferrante; 3rd – Ocean Lady – GS 45 – Andrea Groppo.

OVERALL WINNER: Aigylion – GS 34 Performance – Oris D’Ubaldo.

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