Vele Storiche Viareggio: a historic sailing boat for disabled
people and the Falchette of AIRC for the fight against cancer will also take part in the 15th gathering
Not only regattas. The 15th edition of the Vele Storiche Viareggio gathering, to take place from the 17th to the 20th October, is set to contain numerous initiatives linked to naval tradition. Among the 50 boats expected in Viareggio there will also be Cadamà, the first classic wooden boat to be equipped for wheelchair users, and Tirrenia II, built in 1914, the boat-symbol of this edition, with on board the Falchette of AIRC who will be promoting cancer research. Anyone who wishes will be able to follow the regatta onboard historic boats.
THE FLEET OF HISTORIC SAILING BOATS EN ROUTE TOWARDS VIAREGGIO
The subscriptions for the 15th Vele Storiche Viareggio gathering, which has reached the considerable number of 60 participating boats, are now closed. The event, which will take place from the 17th to the 20th October 2019, has been organised by the Association of the same name together with Club Nautico Versilia, who like every year, will contribute decisively to the perfect success of this important gathering; CNV offer their prestigious clubhouse, other structures necessary to receive crews, and vehicles for assistance on the quay. “This year too”, stated Gianni Fernandes, President of VSV, “there will be three regattas, from Friday to Sunday. Anyone who wishes can follow them by sea onboard the sailers Pandora, Nellie, the ketch Armelea or the classic motor-yacht Ramona, by sending a request on our website . Moreover, the boats that will arrive from the South can take advantage of a mooring agreement, valid from the 14th to the 27th October, in the Port of Pisa ”. “The Vele Storiche Viareggio gathering”, Admiral Marco Brusco, Vice-President of Club Nautico Versilia, added, “has grown continually bigger. The fact that this is the 15th edition is proof that our Club, together with Vele Storiche Viareggio, has never stopped believing in an event that has always put first the protection and care of historical boats. First and foremost it is a cultural initiative, focused on keeping memories alive, and it has absolutely no commercial side”. The XV Vele Storiche Viareggio gathering is patronized by the FIV, Federazione Italiana Vela, with the collaboration of AIVE, Associazione Italiana Vele d’Epoca, which is responsible for the tonnage measurement of the boats and for the classifications of those who choose to race with a CIM tonnage certificate.
The sponsors of the XV edition of the Vele Storiche Viareggio gathering are Antonio Farigu’s Mediterranean Yacht Maintenance, specialised in the assistance, maintenance and revision of marine engines in all the Mediterranean, the Cantiere Navale Del Carlo in Viareggio, masters in the restoration of historical boats, Azimut Wealth Management, Cioni, Veleria Millenium, Luxury Charter Portofino, 4F Group, Tera, Frisbi Energia, Navigo, Formulamare. Technical sponsors: Cantine Castelli del Grevepesa, suppliers of the wine for the dinner, Picchiani & Barlacchi, Europromo, 4F Group, Vitasnella, Rose Barni, Consorzio Del Prosciutto Toscano, Pasta Masseria Canestrello, Caffè New York, Mikila, Yacht Broker, Classic Drives, Oriora, Ubi Maior, Perini Navi, Punto Nave, Bertacca, Marine Store, Extrema Ratio, Excibus, Richmond’s, iCARE, Viareggio Porto, Approdo Calafati/Lenci Sub, Porto di Pisa.
CADAMA’, THE BOAT FOR DISABLED PEOPLE PRESENTED TO CLUB NAUTICO VERSILIA
On a recent occasion before the gathering, Club Nautico Versilia organised a conference to present Cadamà, a 22-metre Bermudian Ketch, the first maxi yacht in wood, built in 1971 to a design by the yacht designer Laurent Giles, and today equipped to race with disabled people on board. The boat, commissioned originally