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In October the XVI Meeting Sails Historical Viareggio

In October the XVI Meeting Sails Historical Viareggio

Viareggio – After months of postponements and cancellations of the most important events related to the world of classic yachting, including the gathering of Imperia Vintage Sails next September, the Viareggio event, organized by the eponymous association and the Club Nautico Versilia, it should be able to play regularly 15 to 18 October 2020 a week after the holding of the Barcolana of Trieste. The current health crisis surely will impose some changes, including to establish a cap on the number of hosted hulls.

It will therefore be impossible to accommodate about 70 vintage and classic sail as in the past, and priority will be given to the small number of boats that will manifest as of now the desire to participate. “The pandemic that the world has faced and still affects our lives, causing effects that none of us would have imagined, and thus the world of classic boats was inevitably and dramatically affected – said the Chairman in charge of the Historical Sails Viareggio, John Fernandes – most of the events related to it have been canceled and postponed to the coming year. Even Sails Historical Viareggio and Club Nautico Versilia at first had thought of giving up to organize the XVI Meeting of Viareggio: however, in view of the fact that the last event of the season and strong confirmation that the Barcolana will take place, we decided to go ahead! The feature of this year’s gathering will be more focused sporting appearance and then privilegeremo regattas and therefore the stay in lifeboat without excluding ground convivial moments in full compliance with regulatory requirements. ”


To those who respond to this appeal will be sent the link from which, as of July 15, it will be possible to proceed with the pre-enrollment as the final one to be made by the site FIV (Italian Sailing Federation). You need not be registered to the Historical Sails Viareggio and all yachts will compete for the Challenge Trophy Admiral Florindo Cerri and Sails Historical Viareggio. The hulls constructed from known Ligurian yard Sangermani also contend for the prestigious Challenge Trophy Sangermani. The AIVE, Italian Association Vele d’Epoca, patron of the event along with IVF, will be responsible for the calibration of the boats and the charts for those who chose to race with the CIM measurement certificate. Three races planned to be held from Friday to Sunday. Still to define events on the ground and the moments of sociability that must take into account the rules regarding social distancing. On the afternoon of the last day will be held the awards ceremony.


The Association Vele Historic Viareggio brings together owners, sailors and fans and was founded on October 8, 2005 at the eponymous Tuscan city with the aim of enhancing and promoting the spirit and tradition of vintage yachting and historical and heritage culture that these boats are. Currently its board of directors is led by John Fernandes, president since 2015, Enrico Zaccagni, Commodore and the controller of the association’s history, Richard Valeriani, vice-president and head of logistics and secretary Andrea Viggiano. The Association Vele Historic Viareggio based at the Club Nautico Versilia Viareggio.


The Club Nautico Versilia, strengthened by an illustrious past and determined to have a future even more prestigious, was founded in 1957. Thanks also to the many sporting, cultural and social, to the still unchanged collaboration with the Port Authority and Navy, at the prestigious headquarters and strategically positioned, the CNV has established itself in a short time on a national and international level by becoming a landmark for the city of Viareggio and Versilia. The current Board of Directors aims to give more impetus to the Club enhancing the nautical tradition and sport, promoting the territory and respect for the sea, attention being paid to young people and schools, and organizing major sports competitions, glamorous and events events full of charm as the Gathering Historical Sails Viareggio.

Photo: Orion 1910 racing (photo Maccione)

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