The history of Italian sailing in a photo. Cino Ricci and Giovanni Soldini

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cino ricci and giovanni soldini

Look how much Italian sailing history there is in the photo above, taken by Piergiorgio Mariconti at the public meeting with ocean sailors Giovanni Soldini and Luca Rosetti(fresh winner of the Sailor of the Year) at Circolo Velico Ravennate.

Cino Ricci and Giovanni Soldini

The highlight, amid applause and a few tears, was the embrace between Italy’s most famous navigator, John Soldini (58 years old) and Cino Ricci (90 in September), legendary skipper of Azzurra, the first Italian challenger to the America’s Cup in 1983 (here we told you about thememorable meeting between Cino Ricci and journalist Sara Canali).

What must they have said to each other?

What must they have said to each other, these two holy monsters? Will Ricci have asked Soldini how the construction of the flying superboat that Ferrari is building for him is going? Will they have reminisced about the old days, like the time in 1995 when Cino helped John find the sponsor (Telecom) to continue sailing around the world after his contract with Kodak had expired? Will they have talked about foil, the sail that will be, the sail that was? We don’t know. And we don’t even want to know. It would detract from the magic of this beautiful photo.

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