Tre Golfi Sailing Week 2022 starts on Saturday

Tre Golfi Sailing Week 2022 starts on Saturday

by Tre Golfi Sailing Week May 13 21:54 UTC
May 14-21, 2022

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The most anticipated sailing event of the year, with Rolex as its official watch, includes a historic offshore regatta as well as a week of inshore and leeward races amidst the beautiful islands of the Gulf of Naples. See you from May 14 to 21.

The “Tre Golfi Sailing Week” is one of the most important and well-known historical events of the Italian competitive calendar.

This regatta has always attracted the best international sailing teams, will depart on Saturday 14 from the Bay of Santa Lucia in Naples.

Sailing along the Sorrentine Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast, between the islands of the Gulfs of Naples, Gaeta and Salerno, is always a captivating experience. Meanwhile, the onshore event offers unique venues in the world, offering extraordinary natural surroundings, hospitality and culture.

While the social program offers different events every evening, the sports program includes four high-level events: the 67th Tre Golfi Regatta, the first European Maxi Championship, the ORC Mediterranean Championship and the National Tyrrhenian Championship.

A flag-raising ceremony, in the presence of the city authorities, will open the event on Saturday 14 at 1:00 p.m.

From the Ocean to the Three Gulfs

The debates start with the historic Tre Golfi Regatta, in its 67th edition, which is also open to classic yachts, double-handed crews and multihulls.

Italy’s most famous ocean sailor, Giovanni Soldini, didn’t want to let this opportunity slip by and will be on the starting line with his multi-award-winning Maserati trimaran against CRVItalia member Riccardo Pavoncelli’s MANA; with a special skipper, Paul Larsen, sailing speed record holder.

150 boats will be at the start on Saturday May 14, in the bay of Santa Lucia, under the imposing walls of Castel dell’Ovo in Naples. Watching them parade along the seafront of Posillipo at sunset, on the classic 150-mile course (Procida – Ventotene – Ponza – Li Galli rocks – Capri) is an unforgettable sight. The route will be longer for ultra-fast multihulls (with a mark to round off San Marco di Castellabate), and shorter for classic sailboats, rounding the island of Ventotene rather than Ponza.

The finish line for all boats is off Capri, after which the boats will head to their host marinas in Sorrento, Sant’Agnello and Piano di Sorrento for a week of racing which will continue until May 21.

Sorrento, home of the Maxis

The Maxi European Championship, organized with the IMA, is an absolute first, since the title has never been awarded before. 30 yachts ranging from 18 to 30 meters are engaged, the largest fleet of Maxis to have sailed together in the Gulf.

They will be moored at Marina Piccola in Sorrento, thanks to the support of the Municipality, the State Property Administration and the Campania Region, which have set up new piers and moorings suitable for these precious queens of the sea. sea.

Many come from 8 different countries, with crews from all over the world trained by the best professionals and owners ready to do everything possible to win the prestigious Rolex Trophy.

Following the end of the opening long course race on Monday the 16th there will be a day of rest followed by four days of coastal racing and out and back.

The award ceremony will take place on Friday 20, on the enchanting islet of Li Galli.

ORC Med, a classic of offshore sailing

The ORC Mediterranean Championship returns, 16 years after its last edition.

Beginning with the long Tre Golfi race, the championship continues with three days of upwind racing from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st May in the waters between Capri and Sorrento.

The last three days are also valid for the Thyrrenian National Championship and the selections for the Italian ORC Championship.

The ORC boats are more than 50 in number and measure a maximum of 18 meters in length – therefore the “small” end of the fleet – which will moor in the ports of Piano di Sorrento and Sant’Agnello, where the race village.

As for all the “first editions”, sponsors and representatives of the most competitive yachts carried out inspections to study the locations on land and the course of the regatta. The feedback has been enthusiastic.

The regatta course has already been described by Olympian Straulino as “the stadium of the wind”, it is clear that the facilities on land and the proverbial Sorrentine welcome have already won many hearts.

Could sailing become the engine of a new development of tourism in the peninsula?

We sincerely hope so.

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