Alberto Riva presents the Class 40 Acrobatica: goal Transat Jacques Vabre


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The launching of Acrobatics at the Sangiorgio Marine

A new addition joins the ranks of Italian ocean sailors involved in Class 40s, with Alberto Riva officially presenting his Acrobatica in Genoa at the YCI headquarters. This is another Musa 40, following that of Ambrogio Beccaria and Andrea Fornaro, Guelfi-D’Angeli design and Sangiorgio Marine construction.

For Alberto Riva and his team there will be little time to celebrate the launch, because they immediately begin preparation for the first official event in which Acrobatica will take part, the Transat Jacques Vabre that starts at the end of October from Le Havre, a transatlantic double that will immediately be a good test for skipper and boat.

Alberto Riva

Alberto Riva and Acrobatica

The project behind “Acrobatica,” a state-of-the-art Class40, is 3 years in the making and will take Alberto Riva around the world, to compete in the most important international sailing competitions: a sporting program that sees the “baptism” in the ocean next October with the participation in the very tough transatlantic “Transat Jacques Vabre” (departure: October 29 from St Malo) to return to the ocean in the spring of 2024 inn the Transat CIC (from Brest to New York), a historic solo race once known as Ostar. Riva will then sail for the “Atlantic Cup” (from Charleston to Newport, USA) and finally back to Europe for the equally famous “Quebec-St Malo.” A total of 7500 miles and three Atlantic crossings in 9 months.

“Intense, almost super hero season! – Alberto Riva said.. “but I can’t wait to leave. We have worked tirelessly to get here today, so much so that in these months there was not even time to really realize what we were doing. There is still a long way to go to be ready for the Transat Jacques Vabre, but I have a great team and with them by my side I know we can face any difficulty. If today the beast is in the water ready to set sail, it is thanks in large part to EdiliziAcrobatica, an Italian excellence that is being recognized all over the world, and to Riccardo Iovino, who believed in this adventure from the start. I must also thank Sparco and DeWalt as well as the other technical partners for supporting for this great project.”

Acrobatica, the differences with other Muse 40

We used to say that in fact Acrobatica is a sistership of Beccaria’s Allagrande Pirelli and Fornaro’s Influence 2, however some improvements have been made on this third Italian Musa 40. The most obvious are the side “flaps” placed on the edge towards the stern that will serve as splash guards, as explained by Riva himself:
Compared to the initial design of the Musa 40″ -explains Alberto – “which has already proven to be very fast, we decided to develop the design further, introducing “Cadillac-style” doors to the boat, composite splash guards and pulpits to reduce hydrodynamic friction, and also improvements to the structure, reinforcements to make it even stronger and more reliable. Modifications have also been made ergonomically to allow better weight placement and more functional management of the skipper’s energy.”



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