How did the great celebration of the sailing people in Tuscany go


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This is my first VELA Cup. I am a cruiser, but now that I have put the crew together, I won’t miss one! I had a great time. This is Pietro Bernardini, the owner of the X-56 Joya, after the VELA Cup Toscana. “What a beautiful regatta. We couldn’t get there, but we enjoyed it to the fullest. We also had a French chef on board who made omelets for us in the regatta. And even though we came in out of time, at the award ceremony I was okay with it. I won HiNelson’s waterproof bag.“, says Gianluca Nolletti, skipper of Giorgio Pisani’s Irwin 52 SinSations. Fifty or so boats gathered at Marina di Cala de’ Medici for the second leg of Italy’s most crowded regatta/festival circuit: among them were many “aficionados” who also took part in the first leg, in Liguria.

VELA Cup Tuscany, the party is here

We are reminded of Bruno Veronesi with his Swan 78 Azzurro, Marco Laboccetta with the Grand Soleil 43 Zoe, Massimo Morandini aboard his trimaran Corsair Adrenalina, Tommaso Oriani with the Rodman 42 Cheyenne, just to name a few.

The wind, in the end, was not lacking. First from south-southwest, then turning west, between 3 and 9 knots, with nearly flat seas. Course starting in front of Rosignano, buoy off the shoals of Vada, return to Castiglioncello. “Challenging” conditions for all crews engaged in the sea: the lighter hulls certainly performed the best, but there were no exceptions. Think, for example, of Alessandro Pini’s 1992 Grand Soleil Maxi One, author of an excellent race. “We know the boat like the back of our hand, after 10 years of having it. Even with little wind, she knows how to say her piece!” says Giulio Pini, who of Tuscan VELA Cups doesn’t miss one.

To hear the dockside voices, everyone really enjoyed themselves. Says Riccardo Klinguely, Marine Manager of David Insurance, the stage’s technical partner, embarked on the aforementioned Cheyenne:“It was a lot of fun, especially for us at David, who are often on the paperwork of our Boat Body policy offers rather than embarked pleasantly by surprise as here.”

All crazy about the Sailors of the Year

But by now you already know that. At the VELA Cup, more than the (healthy) competition at sea, it is the desire to be together, have fun and, above all, the party ashore that counts. In this case, it was really special because before the awards ceremony (with regatta and raffle prizes for almost all participants; we’ll reveal all the rankings later) there was, in the beautiful Marina di Cala de’ Medici plaza, the Sailor of the Year 2024 Champions party, the most coveted award in SAIL that GdV has been organizing since 1991. Here we told you how it went.

But the important thing is that the VELA Cup people had the opportunity to meet the greatest sailors of the moment. There were those who took the opportunity to take a selfie with the social star Beppe Veirana (who has the same followers as Luna Rossa) or to chat with the plumbing wizard Gianni Cariboni Or with the designer of the superboats Matteo Polli. Those who have had firsthand accounts of the adventures of Marco Trombetti, owner of Translated9 fresh off a round-the-world trip, or was immortalized with Manuel Vlacich (in the Guinness Book of Records with his Grand Tour Sailing) and Medea Falcioni, the rising star of flying sailboards.

Everyone then wanted to shake hands with Sailor of the Year Luca Rosetti. Luke, winner of the Mini Transat 2023 (a solo Atlantic crossing on a six-and-a-half-meter minibar), today takes off his ocean sailor’s shoes to participate in the Triton Cup. Yep, it’s back to sea today for the Triton Cup, the regatta organized by the GdV in collaboration with the LIFE A-MAR NATURA 2000 project: different name, same spirit as the VELA Cup. All at sea to have fun and enjoy our Mediterranean Sea to be protected and made better known, one of the goals of Natura 2000.

And here are the rankings of the VELA Cup Toscana at Cala de Medici Marina. Looking forward to the Triton Cup rankings, winners and photos.

All the rankings and winners of the VELA Cup Tuscany

Total registered boats: 44
Total boats arrived: 19

Veneziani Yachting special prize with Speedy Carbonium antifouling and Adherpox primer

Arya, John Laviosa, X-50


Azure, Bruno Veronesi, Swan 78


Arya, John Laviosa, X-50


1 Clan, Iacopo Poli, 1973 Impala 36; 2 Ely J, Alessandro Pini, 1972 GS Maxi One


CLASS 1 (up to 9 m)

1 Adrenaline, Massimo Morandini, Corsair F 27; DNF Bella del Sole, Renzo Razzi, Barberis Tequila 24; DNF Nuvola, Matteo Costagliola, First 27.7

CLASS 2 (9.01 to 11 m)

1 America, Dario Treves, Solaris 36OD; 2 Sur, Enrico Dho, First 36.7; 3 I begin again from 3, Alessandro Bagnoli, First 34.7; 4 Black Swan, Marco Bianchi, First 30 JK; 5 Finisterrae, Massimo Pantani, Elan 340; DNF Bora Fast, Tommaso Bardazzi, Sunfast 3600; DNF Amici Miei, Giacomo Bufalini, First 36; DNS My Fist, Luciano Scaramella, First 31.7; DNS. Balto, Simone Martini, Comet 1000

CLASS 3 (11.01 to 12 m)

1 Cheyenne, Luca and Tommaso Oriani, Rodman 42 jv; 2 Superkalimera, Massimo Sabatini, Nah 12.50; 3 Padawan, Luca Di Guglielmo, First 40.7; DNF Lightning, Andrea Lertora, Oceanis 38.1; DNF Sand IV, Andrew Spain, Hanse 418; DNS Brezza Tesa, Luca Novelli, Bavaria 38 Match; DNS El Tiburon, Rico Pucci, Elan 380; DNS. Sventola, Massimo Salusti, Bavaria 38

CLASS 4 (12.01 to 15 m)

1 Gioconda2, Roberto Puccetti, Dufour 44P; DNF Hanunia, Diego Marratta, More 40; DNF Oceanix, Dario Noseda, Sun Odyssey 439

CLASS 5 (15.01 to 17 m)

1 Arya, Giovanni Laviosa, X-50; 2 Kito 1930, Carlo Ambro, Latini 52; 3 Optimal, Antonio Lo Franco, Dufour 530

CLASS 6 (over 17.01 m)

1 Schorch, Alois Neukirchen, Mylius 66; 2 Joya, Pietro Bernardini, X-56; 3 Ely J, Alessandro Pini, GS Maxi One


CLASS 1 (up to 10 m)

1 Gipsy, Riccardo Cesari, EM7; 2 Musonero, Moreno Burattini; DNS Tricky, Fulvio Empoldi, B&C4

CLASS 2 (10.01 to 11 m)

1 Clan, Iacopo Poli, Impala 36; DNF Chipping Norton, Alessandro Iacoponi, Bavaria Cruise 36

CLASS 3 (11.01 to 12 m)

1 Wing, Giulia Zanieri, First 40.7; 2 Seiche, Remigiusz Montwil, Delphia 40; 3 Vampa, Gabrio Maurizio Panzeri, Baltic 39 C&C

CLASS 4 (12.01 to 16 m)

1 Zoe II, Marco Laboccetta, Gs 43 Bc; DNF Enigma, Valerio Cera, Oceanis 50; DNF Sin Sations, Gianluca Nolletti, Irwin 52

MAXI CLASS (over 14 m)

1 Azure, Bruno Veronesi, Swan 78

The special awards

Joya, an X-56 from the X-Yachts shipyard, wins the Elegant Boat award reserved for the most beautiful and elegant boat at each stage, regardless of the result.

Last but not least, Massimo Pantani’s Finisterrae, an Elan 340, wins the special prize for the last real time finisher, showing tenacity and determination to complete the course to the end.

VELA Cup Tuscany – Raffle Prizes

Those familiar with the VELA Cup know: there are lots of raffle prizes up for grabs. The Garmin GPSMAP® 86s handheld GPS was won by Riccardo Cesari while the Leatherman Skeletool CX utility knife was won by Dario Noseda. Alessandro Bagnoli took home the YachtIngBond sailing jacket and Gianluca Nolletti the HiNelson backpack. The ACSI Vela sailing instructor course was won by. Valerio Cera, the 40% discount on Moby A/R Livorno – Olbia from Pietro Bernardini,3-year “Paper + Digital”subscription to the Giornale della Vela from Moreno Burattini , and Plastimo Pilot 165N life jacket from Roberto Puccetti. To finish, the IBSA Sandro Vinci Wellness Box and the BF2.3 outboard motor from Honda by Carlo Maria Ambrosini were awarded.

The next stages of the VELA Cup 2024



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