Med season kicks off

We preview the Ermenegildo Zegna Trophy Spring Regatta

Monday May 3rd 2004, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy
Over 30 yachts have already registered for the 23rd Ermenegildo Zegna Trophy Spring Regattas, held in Portofino on 14-16 May.

The event, organised by the Yacht Club Italiano, with the co-operation of Comune di Portofino, is open to: all boats over 55ft in length (IMS, ORC Club), Wally Yachts, the Nautor's Swan 45 and the Farr 40 One Design Classes.

With 15 days to go and the maxi entries are confirmed. Among them Team Alfa, the 90ft maxi of Neville Crichton, who dominated the 2003 racing season, winning the Big Slam of offshore sailing (the Rolex Sydney to Hobart, the Rolex Fastnet Race, and the Rolex Middle Sea Race). Now Crighton is also looking forward to winning the Zegna Trophy Spring Regattas - the only one missing in his trophy cabinet.

Also confirmed is the presence of Wallyño, the Wally Yacht belonging to Luca Bassani and winner of last year's race. They will face many competitors like Raffaele Raiola's maxi, Idea, Charles Dunstone's Enigma/Nokia (winner of both the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Rolex Middle Sea Race in 2003) and Arien van Vemde's maxi Sottovoce II, a very fast boat in the light conditions of Golfo del Tigullio.

In the Swan 45 One Design Class already registered are Vincenzo Onorato's Mascalzone Latino and Stefano Polti's Mintaka. Among the numerous owners/helmsmen participating within the Farr 40 One Design Class there are Riccardo Bonadeo and Giovanni Maspero.

Saturday 15 May at the Teatrino di Portofino, will see the famous Argentine architect Germán Frers presented with a 'Life for Sailing' Award. At the end of the ceremony Frers will be joined by two international and well known designers, Andrea Pininfarina and Phlippe Starck, for a meeting about "One Off: lines and shapes from dream to reality". Co-ordinator on the stage will be the Italian journalist Alessandro Cecchi Paone.

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