Ermenegildo Zegna line up

Wallys, Swan 45s and IMS division line up for top level glamour sailing in Portfino

Friday May 9th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Italy
It is one of the key dates in the Mediterranean yacht racing calendar, and is organised by the Italian Yacht Club.

Up until Sunday 11th, the 55+ foot categories of IMS, ORC Club Wally yachts and the Swan 45 one designs will be taking part in this year's Trofeo Ermenegildo Zegna. In total there will be approximately 30 yachts from the Italian boat owning and racing aristocracy, as well as a small but important foreign contingent, such as Alfa Romeo, Neville Crichton’s 27-metre yacht that won the last Sydney-Hobart and John Kahlbetzer’s Bumblebee 5.

But the best of the Italian maxi-yachts will be putting up a strong fight from the first tack. They are: Arturo Gismondi’s Edimetra, Pigi Loro Piana’s My Song, Raffaele Raiola’s Idea-SAI (boat of the year in 2002) with the duo Tommaso Chieffi and Lorenzo Bressani at the helm, Nico Cilenti’s Magic Jena, which is making its debut in the Tyrrhenian sea.

Among the smallest IMS boats, people can’t wait to see the 821, Marco Profili and Valerio Biondi’s 18-metre open yacht.

From the Wally category there is Wallino, the new 60-foot yacht that the owner of Wally Yachts, Luca Bassani, will be skippering personally. The flagship of the fleet will be Marco Tronchetti Provera’s 32-metre Kauris III, which performed well in the Regattas at Santa Margherita Ligure, but Magic Carpet belonging to Owen Jones from the U.K. is the one that has what it takes to win.

In the Swan 45 category there are six participants, with businessman and owner of the Nautor shipyard Leonardo Ferragamo’s Cuor di Leone firm favourite.


Name LOA Owner Helm
Carrera 24 Babaloo Shipping Alex Jackson
Kauris III 32,83 Marco Tronchetti Provera Marco Tronchetti Provera
Magic Carpet Squared 29 Linsday Owen Jones Linsday Owen Jones
Wallyño 18,00 Luca Bassani Luca Bassani
Nariiida 32 Morten Bergesen Knut Frostad
Tuamata 24 Claudio Luti Claudio Luti
Genie of the Lamp 24 Gianluca Vacchi Gianluca Vacchi
Steattle - Martina Wilander -
Shockwave 27,43 Neville Crichton Neville Crichton
Bumblebee 5 19 John Kahbetzer Charistopher Links
Enigma of London 23,4 Charles Dunstone David Bedford
Idea 23,9 Raffaele Raiola Lorenzo Bressani
Morgana 21,88 Francesco De Santis Francesco De Santis
Quinta Santa Maria 27,4 Silvano Boroli Silvano Boroli
Raimbow 18,72 Paolo Sanna Gianfelice Rocca
Stealth 28 Martine Wilander Christopher Lee
PB 821 18,2 Marco Profili Valerio Biondi
MySong - Pigi LoroPiana Pigi LoroPiana
Morning Glory 24,4 Hasso Plattner Hasso Plattner
Gibellina - - -
SIAD – Magic Jena - Domenico Cilenti Mitja Kosmina
Baltic 5 - - -
Edimetra 20,01 Ernesto Gismondi Enrico Passoni
Helisara 23,14 Marco Salvi Vittorio Mariani
Kora 24,45 Enrico Scerni Roberto Martinez
Good job guys 18 Bruno Zorzan -
Alula 18,85 Diego Visconti -
Alfa Romeo 27,43 Neville Crichton Neville Crichton
Whitefin 27,43 Canessa Alfredo -
Swan 45s
Cuor di leone 45 Leonardo Ferragamo Leonardo Ferragamo
Twins 45 Erik Maris Christian Tiggeler
GER-5245 45 Wolfang Stolz Wolfang Stolz
Ay ay ay 45 Leopoldo Gavito -
Toskaa 45 - -
Mintaka 45 - -

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