Vele d’Epoca di Imperia. The inscription for the 2019 edition is officially open

Vele d’Epoca di Imperia, the most historical Italian meeting of vintage sails born in 1986, is back from the 5th to the 8th of September. The inscription for the twenty-first edition is officially open. Starting this year the meeting will be held annually as in the beginning of its story. A new challenge for one of the most seafaring city in Italy and for the organizers, Assonautica Imperia and the City Administration, that may use the experience of Yacht Club of Imperia for the regatta. The boats will be hosted free of charge for the mooring starting from August 31st until the end of the meeting.


After the first edition in 1986 and the introduction of the biennial frequency in 1992, the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia will be scheduled every year in the month of September. This is big news for the most important italian meeting of the vintage boats, the one that has above all contribuited to spread the culture of the classic sail and seafaring in general.

From Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th September Imperia will host the twenty-first edition organised by Assonautica Imperia with the collaboration for the regatta of Yacht Club Imperia, Circolo Nautico al Mare of Alassio, Club del Mare of Diano Marina and Go Imperia. The event is supported by the City of Imperia, the Chamber of Commerce, Italian Navy, Italian Coast Guard and Fondazione Carige. One of the sponsors of the meeting will be TOIO, a leading company in the technical and sportwear outfit. There will be three regattas, from Friday to Sunday, that will follow costal or triangular trails. The boats will compete in a race course that has been rewarded with the Blue Flag, the prestigiuous Award that the City of Imperia has recently conquered. Once back from the daily ragatta crews and shipowners will be hosted in the Lounge situated on the quay where they can taste typical products and listen live bands while waiting for the rankings. The last regatta will be preceded by the Parade and followed by the Award Cerimony in the afternoon. The boats who will fulfill the online form ( by the 31st of July may have fee reduction.



The boats who will enjoy the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia, made of wood or metal, will be divided in different classes as ruled by the CIM (International Mediterranean Committee): Big Boats, Vintage (yacht in wood or metal built before 1950), Classic (yacht in wood or metal built before 1976) and Replica. The yachts that come under category Spirit of Tradition will also be admitted, as per IRC rules, with LOA minimum 10 meters, as per agreement of the organizing authority; the yachts that come under category IOR and in case of large participation, the organization may individuate specific classes of one design as for example Dragon. During its history Vele d’Epoca of Imperia has hosted some of the most gorgeous and prestigious boats in the world with lenght between 7,50 to 60 meters, builted by the most important shipyards as the Scottish William Fife & Sons, the American Herreshoff, the British Camper & Nicholsons, the German Abeking & Rasmussen, the Italian Baglietto, Sangermani and Carlini, by the project of the most significant naval firms (Sparkman & Stephens, William Fife III, Nathanael Herreshoff, Philippe Rhodes, Johan Anker, Carlo Sciarrelli, etc.). AIVE, Associazione Italiana Vele d’Epoca, will be in charge of the tonnage measurement of boats.


From the 3rd to the 8th September, together with Vele d’Epoca di Imperia, there will be the Italian Dinghy 12’ League organised by Yacht Club Imperia in collaboration with Circolo Nautico al Mare of Alassio. Will be admitted also the international boats and there will be a maximum of 6 regattas. The Dinghy 12’ it’s the most historycal stem. George Cockshott from England has designed the clinker built international 12footdinghy in 1913. Also called international 12 or international 12footer. Since the last 20 years the Dinghy have been known a new season with regattas in Italy and all over the world.

In Imperia it’s expected that more or less than 60 boats  will offer a great show everyday. Together with the vintage boats the Dinghy will contribute to make the next edition of Vele d’Epoca di Imperia unforgettable and that looks like a real “sailing week”.

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