The VII edition of the Venice Hospitality Challenge saw Portopiccolo Prosecco Doc – Hilton Molino Stucky helmed by Claudio Demartis get on the highest step of the podium thanks to a clear victory Overall and in Class 1. Second at the finish line less than five minutes Pendragon Lightbay Sailing Team – Bauer Palazzo with skipper Carlo Alberini and third, just over two minutes away, Anywave – Belmond Hotel Cipriani protagonist of a great recovery with Alberto Leghissa and Mauro Pelaschier tactician at the helm.
The regatta, which set a new boat record with fifteen Maxi Yachts competing, took place on a short course due to the weak wind of about 5-6 knots. After a first part of the regatta with very light wind, Portopiccolo Prosecco Doc – Hilton Molino Stucky was able to take advantage of a gust to pick up speed, conquering the first position that it never left until the finish line of Marina Santelena. The Race Committee was made up of Alfredo Ricci, Judge and International Umpire assisted by Emilia Barbieri and the National Judge Gianfranco Frizzarin.
Venice Hospitality Challenge 2020 – Final ranking
1 Portopiccolo Prosecco Doc – Hilton Molino Stucky – Skipper Claudio Demartis
2 Arca SGR – Ca ‘Sagredo Hotel Skipper – Furio Benussi
3 Bamar Ancilla Domini – Hotel Excelsior – Skipper Andrea Straniero
1 Pendragon Lightbay Sailing Team – Bauer Palazzo – Skipper Carlo Alberini
2 Anywave – Belmond Hotel Cipriani Skipper -Alberto Leghissa
3 Il Moro di Venezia – Venice Boat Show – Skipper Valentino Maestrutti
The award ceremony took place at the Stazione Marittima where the president of the Venice Yacht Club Mirko Sguario and the Venice Tourism Councilor Simone Venturini presented the winners with the prestigious doge’s hat, made by the historic Murano glass factory Signoretto. Antonello De Medici, General Manager of the Hilton Molino Stucky, expressed great satisfaction with the victory of the boat combined with the famous Venetian hotel.
This is the comment of Mirko Sguario, President of the Yacht Club Venezia and organizer of the regatta:
I am sure that we will not easily forget this edition as well as this very difficult year that has profoundly marked the lives of all of us, requiring us a complete revision of our way of living and relating to others, especially on occasions like this where the organizational machine has been severely tested. I am particularly proud to have brought an event so significant to my city this year that it increasingly represents it since it speaks of sailing, the sea and hospitality, where Venice is a teacher in the world. Sailing is a team sport and this year too we did it because this spirit of unity guided us and this is how we must always do in the face of adversity. For this I thank the owners, the crews and all the important entities involved the Municipality of Venice, the Police Forces, the hotels, the sponsors and all those who have done their utmost to complete successfully and in full compliance with the anti-Covid regulations this event that represents the spirit of a seafaring tradition that has always been the strength of this unique city in the world
The Councilor for Tourism Simone Venturini, hosted on the Moro di Venezia, highlighted the importance of this indispensable event for the tourist and social development of the city which historically has always had a privileged relationship with the sea confirmed by the success of the Venice Boat Show.
As always, the Venetian high-end hôtellerie has given its support to the Venice Hospitality Challenge with the participation of thirteen famous realities all over the world: Alajmo Ristorante Quadri, Bauer Palazzo, Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, SINA Centurion Palace, Belmond Hotel Cipriani, San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Hotel Danieli a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort, The Gritti Palace a Luxury Collection Hotel Venice, Hilton Molino Stucky Venice, Hotel Londra Palace, Palazzina and The St. Regis Venice. The maxi yachts combined with the hotels were joined by the Moro di Venezia who competed for the Venice Boat Show while New Zealand Endeavor Covid19 had on board a crew of Venetian doctors who fought the pandemic on the front line.
Sailing, sustainability and health safety
This edition wanted to highlight the strong commitment to sustainability and attention to the sea. The Venice Municipal Administration, the Venice Hospitality Challenge, the Yacht Club Venezia and the participating hotels have acted in accordance with the Charta Smeralda signed in 2018, the ethical protocol of the One Ocean Foundation aimed at spreading international awareness on environmental issues concerning the marine ecosystem.
Sustainability also means zero emission and this seventh edition saw the GFG Style Vision 2030 prototype car, a full electric hypersuv 4×4 designed by Fabrizio and Giorgetto Giugiaro, positioned in front of the banks of San Marco, with buoy functions to mark the course of the regatta.
The event was held in compliance with current regulations and the safety of the crews was guaranteed by the Pure Energy masks, certified and completely recyclable, made with materials obtained from fishing nets and PET waste.
The Venice Hospitality Challenge 2020 benefited from the patronage of the Municipality of Venice and the support of the main partners Salone Nautico, Generali Italia, Mastercard, Bisol1542, Dolomia, Energia Pura and Vetreria Davide Signoretto. Sustainability Partner of the One Ocean Foundation event with the Boats Media Partnership, Excellence Magazine Luxury, Venezia Made in Veneto, Assonautica, Wonder World and Wonder Cortina. For the important collaboration we thank CMV Panfido, VYP Venice Yacht Pier, Portodimare, Alilaguna, Venezia Unica and Ve.La.