VELA Cup La Maddalena (June 24-25), racing in the Mediterranean Caribbean


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On Saturday, June 24, the most fun regatta ever lands in the heart of La Maddalena: the VELA Cup! After skirting the beautiful beaches of Tuscany, at Marina Cala de’ Medici, and sailing in the warm waters of Salento, at Marina di Brindisi, we make a stop in the Caribbean of the Mediterranean. A mythical place, which many sailors know because it is the race course of the most prestigious international regattas as well as home, on the adjacent island of Caprera, to Italy’s most famous sailing center. Today we reveal the pre-course (or rather the courses!) of the regatta open to all boats and sailors.

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The routes of the VELA Cup La Maddalena

In the La Maddalena archipelago, the Caribbean of the Mediterranean, the VELA Cup is at home. After the success of 2019 in Caprera, we return to sail among the enchanting islands of Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Budelli, Santa Maria, Razzoli and Spargi. Inside a marine protected area, in one of Italy’s most beautiful villages and just a few miles from Corsica.

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Three courses are planned for this leg of the VELA Cup. The choice will be at the discretion of the Organizing Committee based on weather conditions, to try to allow everyone to complete the race safely, and will be announced at the briefing on the morning of the start. The courses are about 15 miles (with course reduction in low winds to allow everyone to finish the race).

Route 1

It sails westward. The start will be the imaginary line joining the “Secca di Mezzo Passo” signal to be left and the committee boat. It goes back up to theisland of Spargi. First buoy off Spargiottello Islet, from where we head forBarrettini Island, skirting Budelli, then down along Capo Ferrari and Cala Francese to return to the village of La Maddalena. This is the heart of the Maddalena archipelago, we will skim some of the most beautiful and famous bays, where, on Sunday, after the regatta is over, you could relax with family and friends on a cruise.

Course 1 of the VELA Cup La Maddalena
Course 1 of the VELA Cup La Maddalena

Pathways 2 & 3

It sails eastward. The start will be the imaginary line joining the “Isolated Danger Buoy” signal (41° 12.669′ N – 9° 25.719′ E) to be left and the committee boat, in front of the former Military Arsenal of La Maddalena. Both routes will head south, skirting Caprera and Santo Stefano, toward Baja Sardinia.

The VELA Cup La Maddalena Course 2.
The VELA Cup La Maddalena Course 2.

In route 2, past the shoal of Tre Monti we turn in the direction of Bisce Island, to be turned counterclockwise, and then return to La Maddalena.

Course 3 of the VELA Cup La Maddalena
Course 3 of the VELA Cup La Maddalena

In Route 3, instead of circumnavigating the Isle of the Bisce, it goes around Capuchin Island, in front of Cape Ferro, before returning to La Maddalena.



To register for the VELA Cup La Maddalena all you need to do is
enter here
and finalize your registration by entering your and the boat’s details!

James Barbaro



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