The XVI Meeting ‘Vele Storiche Viareggio’ will take place

Despite all the necessary precautions and in compliance with current regulations, the XVI Vele Storiche Viareggio Meeting is confirmed and will take place in the Tuscan city from 15 to 18 October 2020. After the numerous and forced cancellations of many meetings due to the Covid-19 emergency, the appointment at the Club Nautico Versilia could, in fact, represent an unmissable opportunity for shipowners and enthusiasts before the winter break. Due to the pandemic, however, will be established a maximum limit to the number of participating boats. Below is the invitation-call of the Florentine Gianni Fernandes, president in office of Vele Storiche Viareggio.

The XVI Vele Storiche Viareggio meeting ( will take place! After months of cancellations and postponements of the most important events related to the world of classic yachting, including the gathering of Vele d’Epoca di Imperia next September, the Viareggio event, organized by the Association of the same name and the Club Nautico Versilia, should be held regularly from 15 to 18 October 2020, one week after the Barcolana di Trieste. The current health emergency will certainly impose some changes, including the establishment of a ceiling on the number of hulls hosted. It will be

inevitably and drastically affected. Most of the events linked to it have been cancelled and postponed until next year. Even Vele Storiche Viareggio and Club Nautico Versilia at first thought to give up organizing the XVI Raduno di Viareggio: however, in view of the fact that it is the last event of the season therefore impossible to accommodate the approximately 70 vintage and classic sails as happened in the past and priority will be given to the small number of boats that will express the desire to participate.


Gianni Fernandes, president in office of Vele Storiche Viareggio, launched the following appeal-invitation to shipowners and crews: “The pandemic that the whole world has had to face and that still conditions our existence, has caused effects that none of us would have ever imagined and consequently also the world of vintage boats has been and strong of the confirmation that also the Barcolana will take place, we decided to go ahead! The characteristic of this year’s Meeting will be more focused on the sporting aspect and therefore we will privilege the regattas and consequently the stay at sea of the boats without excluding convivial moments ashore in full compliance with the required regulations. As always we will do our best for a good success of the event but we ask the help of all those who have been with us since the first edition. In what way? Simply by communicating our willingness to participate with a confirmation email to, a sort of declaration of intent that will allow us to better organize the event. Our goal is to maintain, if possible, the success we have enjoyed in previous editions, despite the restrictions imposed. We are counting on you!”


Those who respond to this call will be sent the link from which, starting from the 15th of July, it will be possible to proceed with the pre-registration as the final one will have to be done from the IVF (Italian Sailing Federation) website. It is not necessary to be enrolled in the Viareggio Historic Sails and all yachts can compete for the Challenge Admiral Florindo Cerri and the Viareggio Historic Sails Trophy. The hulls built by the well-known Ligurian shipyard Sangermani will also compete for the prestigious Challenge Sangermani Trophy. AIVE, Associazione Italiana Vele d’Epoca (Italian Vintage Sails Association), patron of the event together with FIV, will be responsible for the tonnage of the boats and the rankings for those who have chosen to race with the CIM certificate. Three regattas are scheduled to take place from Friday to Sunday. Still to be defined the events ashore and the social moments that will have to take into account the rules regarding social distancing. On the afternoon of the last day the prize-giving ceremony will take place.


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