Classic boats with timeless charm.
An unforgettable edition of Villa d’Este Style Vintage Yachting was celebrated on Sunday, May 14, gathering classic boats with timeless charm. There were a 1968 Riva Super Ariston and several creations from the Larian shipyards, including a 1965 Colombo racer powerboat, a 1959 Abbate Touring and a 1983 Ernesto Riva Motolancia. There was also an English boat from 1917, a pleasure postalino as well as boats from the Villa d’Este private collection.
Villa d’Este Style Vintage Yachting
After the first day (Saturday, May 13) of sailing to Pianello, discovering the Museo della Barca Lariana, the boats sailed again on Sunday from Menaggio to Villa del Balbianello. The final destination was Villa d’Este, where the boats paraded in, showing off all their beauty. Villa d’Este Style Vintage Yachting, organized with the collaboration of ASDEC, Associazione Scafi d’Epoca e Classici, is committed to highlighting a careful selection of Italian and international boating masterpieces, edition after edition.
In the afternoon, Marco Makaus, project manager of the Villa d’Este Style initiatives, hosts a short talk titled “Alfa Romeo Grand Prix Engines in the Epic of the Italian Motor Racers at War’s End.” Some racing engines were used on boats destined for record-breaking or competition, particularly Vittorio Jano‘s 6C and 8C, which also performed very well on the water. Participants were taken on a journey to discover the motorboat use of engines designed for the racetrack, later revised by the intrepid and wealthy motorboatsmen of the time. “Lake Como has given a fundamental contribution to the development of recreational boating, and motor boating also has firm roots on the Lario, dating back to the 1940s. Villa d’Este Style Vintage Yachting contributes to keeping this technical, sporting and cultural heritage alive,” says Marco Makaus.
By Carlo De Bernardi – Passionate and expert 911 collector.