Venice Hospitaly Challenge, the Grand Prix of the City of Venice will return on 19 October.
The competition will see Maxi Yachts taking part, who have signed unforgettable pages in the history of sailing combined with as many famous realities of the Venetian high hôtellerie. The teams, led by international skippers, will descend on the race course to compete for the “Doge’s Hat”, specially made by Massimiliano Schiavon Art Team, historic Murano glassware.
The hotels participating in this sixth edition are: Hilton Molino Stucky Venice; Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice; Belmond Hotel Cipriani; SINA Centurion Palace; Palazzina; The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice; Ca ’Sagredo Hotel; Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort; The St. Regis Venice; JW Marriott Venice & Resort Spa; This year will also participate Bauer Palace, San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Hotel Londra Palace and the extraordinary presence of the Alajmo family, excellence of Italian cuisine.
The judge of the race will be Alfredo Ricci, born in 1970, Stella d’Oro at sporting merit CONI, Umpire International, International Judge, International Race Committee, the only Italian racing official to have these three qualifications. From the race fields of the America’s Cup and the Olympic Games, he will arrive in Venice to chair the Committee of the Venice Hospitality Challenge assisted by Emilia Barbieri and the national judge Gianfranco Frizzarin on board from the first edition.
Also this edition of the Venice Hospitality Challenge, Yacht Club Venezia, promoter of the regatta, will support “One Ocean Foundation”, for the preservation of the oceans, an international project born in March 2018 from an idea of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, directly interested in the preservation of the Marine environment.
The start of the race will be at 13.30 on Saturday 19 October and the fleet base will be the Marina Santelena while the San Marco basin, focal point of the route, will allow the public to follow a spectacular competition from the shores. The prize giving will take place at the “Zattere” at the VYP, Venice Yacht Pier in direct contact with the citizens at around 4.30pm. In the evening an exclusive private event will take place to celebrate the crews and partner hotels and consolidate the spirit of elegance and style that characterizes this unique regatta in the world.
The last edition saw the overall victory of Spirit of Portopiccolo – Ca ’Sagredo thanks to an excellent start and run of the regatta by the skipper Furio Benussi. Way of Life second position – The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice with skipper Gaspar Vincec and third overall at the finish line, first class 2, Pendragon VI – Hilton Molino Stucky helmed by Lorenzo Bodini.