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From May 26 to 28, we look forward to seeing you at Marina di Cala de’ Medici for the first leg of the VELA Cup, the circuit of regattas open to all boats and all sailors (sports and non-sports). The first stage of 2023 is special, in fact VELAFestival is back: the great sailing festival, where boating operators and local excellence, sailors and enthusiasts can meet and share their passions on land and at sea.

All the stages of the 2023 event

Who are the early entrants for the VELA Cup Tuscany

The first leg of the VELA Cup is still just under two months away, and already many crews have signed up. Some are local, such as Medea, Marco Frediani’s Dufour Performance 40, with a close-knit, well-rounded crew, used to participate in club and offshore regattas such as the 151 Miglia. Others, however, come from further afield such as Andrea Righini and his Kiti Munina, a Rustler 36, a legendary British boat, built in modern fiberglass, but with classic style and shapes, with a long keel.

There are also two Classic boats already entered, which is great news this year with prize dedicated to those boats, including production and fiberglass boats, more than 25 years old. They are Moreno Burattini’s Musonero, a historic Comet 910 – one of the Comar shipyard’s best-known boats produced in more than 600 examples since 1971 over a period of 15 years-at its first regatta, and Half Moon by Francesco Nessi, a boat with classic lines built of steel in the Netherlands in 1982 to a design by John Alden, dating back to 1935.

There is also no shortage of circuit regulars, such as Pamela Thamar Kagel’s Morgana I, a Bavaria 36 AC, e Daniele Giomi’s Acuarela, a Beneteau Oceanis 38.1; while there are already those who, after taking a look at the calendar, plan to participate in multiple stages of the VELA Cup 2023 such as Carlo Alberto Micheli’s Cimpiressa, a Dufour 360 Grand Large, e Kito 1930 by Carlo Maria Ambrosini, a Latini 52, semi-custom cruising/racing boat.

Francesco Nessi's Half Moon at VELA Cup 2018
Francesco Nessi’s Half Moon at VELA Cup 2018

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The program of the VELA Cup Tuscany

On Friday, May 26, the VELAFestival / VELA Cup Toscana village will be opened at Marina Cala de’ Medici. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., it will be possible to register and finalize the registration made online, collecting bags, instructions and stickers. On Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m., the technical briefing will be held at Marina Cala de’ Medici, and at 11 a.m. the start will be given at sea. Two coastal type routes planned, depending on conditions the committee will specify which one at the briefing. Time limit 5 p.m. (there will be a prize for the last to arrive too!). Back ashore food and music will not be missed, with a big party in the evening starting at 7 p.m. after the awards ceremony. Relax on Sunday, with the opportunity to take a tour of the VELAFestival stands or visit the beautiful area of Castiglioncello, Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea in the heart of the Etruscan Coast.

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Marina Cala de’ Medici will host the VELA Cup Toscana and VELAFestival, May 26-28

VELAFestival is back

On the docks and in the village of Marina Cala de’ Medici, from Friday through Sunday, leading boating operators will showcase their products and be on hand to explain and illustrate their latest innovations at the VELAFestival. Alongside them also many excellences and typical local products, because this long weekend in May (from 26 to 28), made of sailing, relaxation and lots of fun, is to be spent both family and friends.

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