“Return to Capraia”, on 15 June 2019 the first non-competitive sail for vintage and classic yachts. Registrations open.

On May 24th in Florence, at the Officina – Profumo Pharmaceutica of Santa Maria Novella, the first edition of the “Ritorno a Capraia” sail was presented, which will be held Saturday June 15th with departure from the Yacht Club Cala de’ Medici in Rosignano Solvay (LI) and arrival at the port of the island of Capraia. Wooden or metal boats can be registered, without the obligation of a tonnage certificate, launched before 1975 and with a minimum length of 7.50 meters, and other classic or traditional line hulls. The sailing, organized by the AIVE Associazione Italiana Vele d’Epoca, by the delegation of the Italian Naval League of Capraia Isola and the support of the Yacht Club Cala de ’Medici, is governed solely by international standards to avoid collisions at sea.

Italy – A historical place to present a historical route. On Friday 24 May in Florence, at the Officina – Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, one of the oldest pharmacies in the world founded by the Dominican monks in 1221 and opened to the public in 1612, the first edition of the sailing boat “Ritorno a Capraia” was officially presented. Eugenio Alphandery, owner of the Officina, and the organizers, starting with AIVE, the Italian Association of Vintage Sails, the Italian Naval League Delegation of Capraia Isola, the Viareggio Historical Sails Association and the Cala de’ Medici Yacht Club, did the honours. The sailing will take place Saturday, June 15, 2019 with departure from Marina Cala de’ Medici Rosignano Solvay (LI) and arrival after about 27 miles of sea at the port of the island of Capraia. The yachts registered to the sail can be moored free of charge from June 13, 2019 at the time of departure from the docks of the port of Cala de ‘Medici and the port of the island of Capraia from the time of arrival until 24.00 on Sunday, June 16, 2019. The emerging event, which follows “Le Vele d’Epoca nel Golfo” in La Spezia on 8 and 9 June, aims to revive a route already covered in the recent past and touch one of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas of the Tuscan archipelago, thus promoting the preservation of the marine environment as well as the institutional goal recently introduced in the Statute of AIVE.

Participation in the “Ritorno in Capraia” will be open to all vintage and classic sailing boats launched before 1975, as long as they are made of wood or metal, without any obligation to present a certificate of tonnage. Other types of hulls with traditional lines may be admitted at the sole discretion of the organizing committee. Sailing will be governed exclusively by the international rules to avoid collisions at sea (NIPAM-COLREG 1972). The use of flying sails (spinnaker, gennaker, charcoal burner, etc.) is forbidden. Yachts must proceed only with the mainsail (or mainsails) and the jib (or jibs). It is therefore a pleasure boating event less demanding in terms of route and competitive tension, but no less pleasant for the beauty of the places reached and for the welcome that will be reserved for crews by the inhabitants of the island of Capraia. The participating fleet will be divided into five groups according to hull length (Group A from 7.50 to 9.50 m; Group B from 9.51 to 11.00 m; Group C from 11.01 to 13.00 m; Group D from 13.01 to 15.00 m; Group E over 15.01 m). The first three yachts of each group will be awarded prizes.

Thursday 13 June 2019
– Arrival of the boats and free mooring at the Yacht Club Cala de’ Medici in Rosignano Solvay (LI)
Friday 14 June 2019
– Arrival of the boats and free mooring at the Yacht Club Cala de’ Medici in Rosignano Solvay (LI)
– 16:00 – 18:00 : Welcome and completion of registration.
– Free evening
Saturday 15 June 2019
– Breakfast for crews c/o Yacht Club Cala de’ Medici
– 09:00 am : Briefing skippers/equipment
– 10:00 am : Departure of the sail from the Yacht Club Cala de’ Medici at the port of Capraia Island (27 miles)
– Free arrivals and mooring at the port of Capraia Island
– 20:00 : Awards and evening in Capraia
Sunday 16 June 2019
– Free day for visits to the island of Capraia or departure
– 24:00 : Deadline for free mooring at the Island of Capraia


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