A sea of historical Sails in Viareggio, Versilia

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This weekend the Historical Sails returns for the 15th Meeting of Historic Sails Viareggio, with the participation of Silent Cinema Holliwood stars!

On the quay, the historical sails of Viareggio return to sway in the wind with their only apparently haughty charm, in reality only full of desire to leave. And all of us, enchanted by them, would like to set sail with them, to fill us with sea air and freedom.

The 15th Historical Sails Viareggio Rally is underway until Sunday, October 20, and if it is true that it recalls real sea wolves from all over the world, who dedicate all their time to the sometimes painstaking and engineering work for the perfect functioning of their ancient hulls, it is also true that the Regatta is also for strollers along the waterfront who, with their eyes on the horizon, pretend to understand who is doing the maneuver in the wind at the right time, while they are just entranced by a beautiful expertise.

vele storiche viareggio

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The expertise of those who sail, but also of those who made those historical sails, in some cases unknown sailors, in other cases important historical yards of the world.

Real Hollywood stars show up at this edition, the two Centenaurics , “auricular schooners” – boats that have passed the centenary with bowsprit ( tree pointed on the bow) and two auric sails, that is trapezoidal in shape and placed towards the stern of the boat  – that will surely set up a show of extraordinary elegance on the sea of Viareggio, contending for the primacy close to each other.

Invader, auricular shooner – ph. pressmare.it

I’m Invader, launched in 1905 at the George Lawley & Son shipyard in Boston. Approximately 50 meters long and made of steel, with about 100 square meters of sails (!) After working for the Coast Guard and as a floating restaurant, it achieved the honors of the nautical chronicle when, in 1926, it made the crossing of the Pacific establishing the record of mileage of 308 miles in 24 hours. Then it was hired by Holliwood of the silent cinema, on its deck was shooted , among others, “Mr. Robinson Crusoe” and Charlie Chaplin met his future wife Paulette Goddard.

And then Orion, launched in 1910 by the British shipyard Camper & Nicholson in Gosport and used almost as a protagonist in the movie “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman“, with Ava Gardner.

 

PROGRAM

Thursday 17 October

Arrival of boats – Recordings

18.00: Welcome aperitif at the Nautical Club Versilia, with the opening of the exhibition of vintage boat models by the painter Emanuela Tenti (author of the official painting of the rally) and by the photographer Marco Trainotti

Friday 18 October

9.30 am: Opening of the event on the Club Nautico Versilia premises – Regatta briefing

11.00: First race (the 5.50 meter class S.I. will race on a separate field)

16.30: Club Nautico Versilia, “Meteorology in the sea with the LaMMA Consortium”

17.30: Francesco Del Carlo Shipyard – Guided tour of the restoration of the period vessels

Saturday 19 October

11.00: Second race (the Class of 5.50 Meters S.I will race on a separate field). Upon returning to the dock, there will be a tender for the best snack on board

17.30: Club Nautico Versilia, Presentation of the FIBaS (Italian Federation of Historic Boats) – Alastair Houston tells the Scottish rally “The Fife Regatta” – Admiral Cristiano Bettini presents the book “How to design sailing ships”

20.00: Crew dinner at the Del Carlo shipyard in Viareggio and live music with the Jiffy’s Bounce Guitar Duo

Sunday 20 October

10.00: Third race (the Class of 5.50 Meters S.I will race on a separate field)

16.30: Prize-giving ceremony at the Club Nautico Versilia with the assignment of the Tirrenia II Cup, the Challenge Sangermani Trophy, the Admiral Florindo Cerri Challenge Trophy, the Viareggio Historical Sails Trophy and the Artiglio Trophy.

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