Dinghy 12 lovers: a 2023 full of regattas awaits you!


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A class conceived in the early 1900s, the Dinghy 12 is more alive than ever. This is well known by the more than 200 Italian helmsmen who will be the protagonists of many regattas and exclusive prizes from Garmin Italy in this 2023.

The 2023 Dinghy in Italy

In the world of sailing, there are projects that are so successful that they do not fear the challenge of time and are still able to provide excitement, passion and fun to many fans. This is the case, for example, of the Dinghy 12, a boat with a curious history whose design dates as far back as 1913 and which has admirers all over the world, including Italy where theNational Association has been active since 1929.

There are about 200 Italian helmsmen who each year aboard this elegant 3.66-meter wooden or fiberglass boat participate in national, zonal and local regattas throughout the boot, from Lugano to Palermo. And for 2023, too, the class will be featured in a competition calendar that is truly rich and full of surprises.

One of these is the new partnership with Garmin Italia, the local branch of the world leader in satellite navigation, which this year decided to support the Dinghy 12 class and put up special prizes for all winners.

Dinghy 12 race

Dinghy 12. Plenty of regattas and opportunities for enthusiasts to meet

Among the most anticipated competitions organized by the Italian Dinghy 12 Class Association is the Campionano Italiano, a prestigious regatta circuit divided into 4 stages that will award the Italian Cup for 2023. It starts in Luino with the first leg scheduled for April 15, after which the Dinghy 1 2 fleet is expected to race from May 19 to 21 in Portofino-Santa Margherita Ligure. It then moves on June 10-11 to the waters of Porto San Giorgio in the Marche region of Italy. Final party and title award in the last stage staged in Santa Marinella on the coast of Rome on Sept. 6-10.

Equally competitive and exciting for all Dinghy 12 enthusiasts will be the 21st Dinghy Classic Trophy, which kicks off from the breathtaking setting of Monterosso in Cinque Terre on May 6, continues in Bellano on Lake Como (June 24 and 25), then on Lake Bolsena (July 15 and 16), and concludes on September 25 in the waters of San Vincenzo near Livorno.

Dinghy 12

Dinghy 12. Who will win the high-tech Garmin Quatix 7?

In addition to the winners of all stages of the Italian Cup and Dinghy Classic Trophy, Garmin Italy will also be raffling off a beautiful Garmin Quatix 7, the latest generation multisport smartwatch designed for those who love the sea, which will be awarded to those who make the best recovery from the first day of racing.

In short, 2023 for the Dinghy 12 class also looks like a season full of many opportunities to once again experience this little boat that mixes traditional charm and still effective lines. And while it is not as “flying” as today’s hulls, it is capable of giving great satisfaction to those who are dedicated to it with perseverance and passion. To think that designer George Cockshott in the early 1900s had conceived of it as a fun little monotype that brought together the tender characteristics of the big yachts of the time, so that owners of these luxurious yachts could challenge each other “from the bottom” in the roadsteads of Northern Europe. And that authentic spirit devoted to making play in competition and passion for the sea is still strongly alive.



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