Croatia tour

Peter Holmberg enters a new race from Venice to Dubrovnik - with playmates...

Thursday March 20th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Mediterranean
The Alpe Adria Sailing Tour is a new race coast hopping from the waterways of Venice south down the coast of Croatia to the ancient seaport of Dubrovnik.

The event was born of a relationship between the Italian Solaris by Serigi boatyard and the Dentesano food company, who have combined resources to conjure up this race to be sailed in Solaris 36 One Designs.

Teams taking part now number eight and will include Oracle BMW Racing helmsman Peter Holmberg and top Italian offshore sailor Stefano Rizzi, who sailed with Grant Dalton in The Race and the last Volvo Ocean Race and was part of the Prada AC team in 2000. Rizzi, who is President of the newly former Solaris 36 class, will be at the helm of his entry Team Dentesano.

Project Manager of the event, Thomas Gozdecki, says he is satisfied at the progress of this event and of the sponsors who have come on board including Alcatel Mobile Phones, Pirelli Tires, Vip-Net Phones, Vodicanka Hotels and of course, Promosail, organizer of Italy's giant Barcolana Race.

This event will begin on 1 May starting from Venice, and will make its way to Trieste and on to Koper, Piran, Porec, Pola, Zara, Sibenik, Makarska, Spalato and end in Dubrovnik on 21 May after about 500 miles of racing through the fabulous waters of the Dalmatian coast.

The race concludes with a fun event organised by Playboy magazine, Croatia.

The boat

The Alpe Adria Sailing Tour fleet comprises 20 of the brand new Solaris 36 OD yachts.

These have a modern-looking medium-light displacement design by the Lostuzzi Yacht Design Studio is suitable for both match racing and offshore racing, with a wide cockpit. The mast is in carbon fibre, as is the boom and and bowsprit and there no runners and a backstay. The boat comes with a mainsail, 110 and 80% jibs and a genniker.

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