The 2021 regatta calendar for classic yachting

AIVE, Associazione Italiana Vele d’Epoca (the Italian Classic Yacht Association), presents their official regatta calendar for 2021. After the cancellation of almost all events scheduled for 2020 due to Covid concerns, 17 events are scheduled for this year, between April and October, in both the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Seas. Many other events will be held in France, Spain, Montecarlo, Corsica and Greece. The four Italian national trophies up this year will be awarded in October. The 2021 calendar is subject to modifications based on the evolution of the worldwide health emergency.



AIVE is proud to present the official 2021 regatta calendar. Chaired by Pier Maria Giusteschi Conti, the Italian Classic Yacht Association is a member of CIM (International Mediterranean Committee), the organization in charge of issuing and supervising the rules that govern classic yacht racing since 1926. The AIVE calendar includes 17 events, all valid for the four annual trophies at stake: the AIVE Tyrrhenian Cup, the AIVE Adriatic Cup, the Artiglio Trophy, and the Olin Stephens II Centennial Cup, provided by the Sparkman & Stephens Association for participating yachts with a valid CIM rating certificate designed by the legendary American naval architect. Though not valid for the AIVE trophies, there will also be many other independently organized meets and regattas in France, Spain, Montecarlo, Corsica and Greece, for a total of more than 35 events across the Mediterranean dedicated to vintage yachting. Participants in the AIVE events will be divided into three categories: Vintage for yachts launched before 1950, Classic for yachts launched between 1950 and 1975, and Spirit of Tradition for modern yachts with traditional lines. Several hundred historic yachts are expected to participate in this season’s events.


After the season’s first three events (the Settimana Velica Internazionale Accademia Navale e Città di Livorno, the Trofeo Ammiraglio G. Francese in Viareggio and the Regata dei Tre Golfi in Naples), where the classic yachts will race in their own category, the gradual descent of the Tyhrrenian begins on June 5th with the third edition of the Vele d’Epoca nel Golfo in La Spezia. Later in June and then July we have the Regata della Capraia, the Argentario Sailing Week in Porto Santo Stefano, the Grandi Vele in Gaeta and Le Vele d’Epoca in Naples. After the August pause, the second half of the season opens with the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia (from the 2nd to the 5th of September), the historic event first run in 1986, followed by the Trofeo Mariperman, organized by the Italian Navy later in September, and finally the Vele Storiche di Viareggio in October to conclude the season and award the year’s trophies.



Five events, running between June and October 2021, make up the circuit valid for the AIVE Adriatic Cup. Two events will be held in June: the Portopiccolo Classic in Sistiana (near Trieste) and the Trofeo Principato di Monaco in Venice. In September we have the International Hannibal Classic (the only race that actually ran in 2020) in Monfalcone. The season will close with the October events, the Trofeo Città di Trieste and the Barcolana Classic. These regattas see many yachts typical of the Adriatic Sea participating, like the famous Passere and many designs from the board of a master of classic yacht design, Carlo Sciarrelli.



The Regata della Capraia is a new race with a new format. Starting on Friday, June 11th, participants cast off to sail to the island of Capraia, but from any of three different ports – Leghorn, Viareggio or La Spezia. In Capraia they will have exclusive use of a part of the marina, and, weather permitting, on Saturday the 12th will race either around the island or around the buoys. At the docks, the yachts may be toured by the public according to the formula “Benvenuti a bordo”. On Sunday the 13th participants will sail back to their home ports. The Notice of Race with further details will be published in the next few days by the race organizer, the Associazione Vele Storiche Viareggio.


Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Seas

24-25 April          Settimana Velica Internazionale – Livorno (1st event valid for the Trofeo Artiglio)

8-9 May               XXV Trofeo Challenge “Ammiraglio G. Francese” – Viareggio (LU) (2nd event Trofeo Artiglio)

15-16 May          Regata dei Tre Golfi – Naples

5-6 June              III Le Vele d’Epoca nel Golfo – La Spezia (3rd event Trofeo Artiglio)

11-13 June          Regata della Capraia (with starts from different ports)

15 June                Tirrenica Classic Regatta (Civitavecchia – Porto Santo Stefano)

16-20 June          XXI Argentario Sailing Week – Porto Santo Stefano (GR) (4th event Trofeo Artiglio)

25-27 June          XVIII Grandi Vele a Gaeta – Gaeta (LT)

2-4 July                XVII Le Vele d’Epoca a Napoli – Naples

2-5 September   XXII Vele d’Epoca di Imperia – Imperia

18-19 Sept.         XXXIII Trofeo Mariperman “IX Trofeo CSSN-ADSP”– La Spezia (5th event Trofeo Artiglio)

14-17 October   XVI Vele Storiche Viareggio – Viareggio (LU) (6th event Trofeo Artiglio)


Adriatic Sea

5-6 June                             V Portopiccolo Classic – Sistiana (TS)

25-27 June                         VIII Trofeo Principato di Monaco – Venice

11-12 September             V International Hannibal Classic – Monfalcone (GO)

2-3 October                      XXIV Trofeo “Città di Trieste” – Trieste

9 October                          XV Barcolana Classic – Trieste

International regattas for classic and vintage yachts

1-2 May                                            IX Les Dames de Saint-Tropez (Saint-Tropez) – France

1-9 May                                            XVII Palmavela (Palma di Maiorca) – Spain

14-16 May                                        XII Calanques Classique (Marsiglia) – France

21-23 May                                        Les Voiles des Cassis (Cassis) – France

25-29 May                                        II Régates Napoléon (Ajaccio) – Corsica

2-6 June                                            XXVI Les Voiles d’Antibes (Antibes) – France

7-9 June                                            Coupe de Printemps du YCF (Antibes – St. Raphael-Porquerolles) – France

10-13 June                                       XVIII Porquerolles Classique (Isole Porquerolles) – France

14-17 June                                       Coupe de Printemps du YCF (Porquerolles-Sanary-Marseille) – France

18-20 June                                       XVIII Les Voiles du Vieux-Port (Marsiglia) – France

24-27 June                                       XI Spetses Classic Yacht Regatta (Isola di Spetses) – Greece

24 June – 10 July                             XX Trofeo Bailli de Suffren (St. Tropez – Bonifacio – Trapani – Gozo – Malta)

14-17 July                                         XIII Puig Vela Clàssica (Barcellona) – Spain

11-14 August                                   XXVI Regata Illes Balears Classic (Palma di Maiorca) – Spain

25-29 August                                   XVII Copa del Rey Vela Clásica Menorca (Mahón) – Spain

23-31 August                                   XII Corsica Classic (Bonifacio – St. Florent) – Corsica

8-12 September               XV Monaco Classic Week (Montecarlo)

21-25 September                            XLII Régates Royales (Cannes) – France

26 September                                  Coupe d’Automne du Yacht Club de France (Cannes – St. Tropez)

27 September – 2 October           XXIII Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez (Saint Tropez) – France

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