Monday, April 26, 2010

A regatta in Portofino on Wally yachts : what else ?

Next month will see the launch of the Nespresso Cup , a new international regatta gathering for the very first time exclusively the Wally Class.

This first edition of this sailing competition will be held from 7 to 9 May 2010 off the coast of Portofino in Italy. In all, 15 competitors will compete for three days (two races per day) with the participation of famous racers such as Loïck Peyron, Francesco de Angelis and Paul Cayard...

Peyron commented: "I've always found Wally Yachts very seductive, and am looking forward to finally experiencing them first hand on the race course during the Event. The spectacular venue of Portofino will be the perfect location for such an event."

I can figure out.
In 1989, I met Mr Luca Bassani Antivari, founder of Wally Yachts onboard of a custom Baltic yacht which he christened 'Wallygator' for the cartoon character his children loved, just before he decides to build (with Luca Brenta yacht designer) a brand-new Wallygator, an innovative 83-foot carbon fast sailing composite sloop in a 'Wally style' (now named Mr Gecko).
This first Wally yacht proved to be fast and easy to sail, the 'flush deck' was as cleared as the one of an aircraft carrier, and Luca Bassani got a yacht on which he could cruise shorthanded with his family, but also allows him to compete around the buoys in maxi races or in transatlantic events.

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