-4 days to VELA Cup Tuscany / Triton Cup in Cala de’ Medici, more than 50 entries

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It promises to be a record number of entries for the VELA Cup Toscana. More than 50 boats are already expected at the
Marina Cala de’ Medici
for a superweekend of celebration and fun. In addition to the VELA Cup on Saturday 25 there is the Velista of the Year award ceremony, a unique opportunity to meet Italy’s top sailors and have a chat with them, and on Sunday 26 there is the Triton Cup.

All the stages of the VELA Cup 2024

Over 50 entrants for VELA Cup Tuscany / Triton Cup, find out who’s there

Everything is ready for the Tuscan super event of the VELA Cup at Marina Cala de’ Medici. Among the entries are boats of all kinds. From Classic Boats such as Balto, Simone Martini’s 1976 Comet 1000, to boats fresh from the boatyard such as Amici Miei, Giacomo Bufalini’s 2023 Beneteau First 36.

Amici Miei, the Beneteau First 36 of Giacomo Bufalini
Amici Miei, the Beneteau First 36 of Giacomo Bufalini

You don’t need a set of racing sails to participate, just a mainsail and jib to enter in the Cruising Boat category. So there are boats like Enigma, Valerio Cera’s Beneteau Oceanis 50, or Wing, Giulia Zanieri’s First 40.7. For those who are more sporty, however, and want to use spi, gennaker and code 0, there is the Sport Boat category. These include boats such as Adrenalina, Massimo Morandini’s Corsair F27 that had already participated in VELA. Cup Liguria, Black Swan, Marco Bianchi’s First 30 JK, or Alessandro Pini’s Ely J, Grand Soleil ‘s second hull 64 Maxi One, designed by New Zealand sailing “Wizard” Bruce Farr and launched in 1992.

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A second edition that fills up and doubles, even triples! In the weekend leading up to the 151 Miglia, in addition to being the second leg of the VELA Cup, the circuit of regattas open to all boats and sailors (sports and non-sports), on Saturday, after the awards ceremony the champions of Italian sailing will take the stage, with the awarding of the Sailor of the Year prize, the Oscar of Italian sailing.

sailor of the year
Marina Cala de’ Medici is the beautiful location of the Sailor of the Year 2024 (you are all invited on Saturday, May 25) and the VELA Cup/Triton Cup on May 25-26

VELA Cup not enough for you? Sunday is the Triton Cup!

If the VELA Cup isn’t enough for you, we’re going back out to sea together with our friends from the Triton Cup on Sunday, with an even better goal! We are going to discover the beauty of our seas while having fun in a boat. Sponsored by the LIFE A-MAR NATURA2000 project, the Triton Cup is the first regatta to promote Natura 2000 marine and coastal sites. Thanks to the constant efforts of professionals who work enthusiastically on issues of environmental and scientific culture, we will discover the riches that our coasts and seas offer us. Through clear, simple and innovative communication, while maintaining the rigor of scientific popularization, the people of LIFE A-MAR NATURA2000 will engage us firsthand in sea protection and marine biodiversity conservation activities. Not only that, the Triton Cup will also be an opportunity to promote a SEA TERAPY project that aims to introduce the sport of sailing to different categories of people, including those from weaker and more fragile groups, in order to share their passion and love for the sea with everyone.

LIFE A-MAR NATURA2000 is a project co-funded by the European Union and the parks-Tuscan Archipelago National Park, Cinque Terre National Park and Asinara National Park-that has Federparchi – Europarc, Triton Research, LIPU and Fundación Biodiversidad working in partnership.

Don’t have a boat or lack a crew?

Don’t have a boat but want to participate in VELA Cup Toscana? Sailor.Tex, the charter company based right at Marina Cala de’ Medici, allows you to rent a boat or reserve a cabin for the whole weekend, for information write to letuevacanze@vacanzeinmare.comor call the number 320 4085241.

On the other hand, if you already have your boat but are missing crew, on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, don’t stay ashore-we’ ll help you with MyMatchRace, the digital platform that helps you complete your crew with missing roles! Register online and complete your crew. If you are a sailor, the procedure is basically the same!

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Everything you need to know about VELA Cup Toscana / Triton Cup

WHERE AND WHEN. Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 at Marina Cala de’ Medici, Rosignano Marittimo (LI).

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE. Any type of boat from 4 meters and up, no certicate required. First place wins, with divisions by homogeneous length classes, Cruising Boat (white sails) and Sport Boat (spi, gennaker, code 0) categories.

FREE MOORINGS. The Cala de’ Medici Marina is offering free moorings to the first 30 boats from outside the area from May 24 to 26. For all others, dedicated mooring discounts. For info reception@marinacalademedici.it

DURATION AND ROUTE. The “Regatta” lasts no longer than three to four hours. The route is coastal, along the Etruscan Coast: starting from Marina Cala de’ Medici, in front of Rosignano Marittimo, heading for the Secche di Vada, where the first buoy is positioned, and then heading north, passing in front of Castiglioncello, to Quarcianella. Reverse course and return to Marina Cala de’ Medici, where the finish is located.

THE EQUIPMENT. You do not need to be an experienced sailor to participate.

AWARDS. Prizes are awarded to the first in each class in the Cruising Boat and Sport Boat categories, the first Classic Boat in each length class. The overall winner in compensated time among all participants wins Leg Winner prize and also there are many raffle prizes for (almost) everyone.

A coastal route, in the heart of the Land of the Etruscans, facing the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, about 12 miles long between Castiglioncello and Quercianella.
A coastal route, in the heart of the Land of the Etruscans, facing the islands of the Tuscan archipelago, about 12 miles long between Castiglioncello and Quercianella.

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and finalize your registration by entering your and the boat’s details!

James Barbaro

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