Arca SGR – Ca’ Sagredo, helmed by Furio Benussi, claimed the top spot on the podium by securing the overall victory in the tenth edition of the Venice Hospitality Challenge, a feat that follows their recent triumph at the Barcolana.
The regatta, which followed its traditional course through the Venetian cityscape from Riva of San Marco to the Giudecca Canal, set a new record with eighteen maxi yachts participating.
The racing action commenced with a bang as Arca SGR – Ca’ Sagredo, Prosecco DOC Shockwave 3 – Hotel Excelsior, and Way of Life – The Gritti Palace incurred penalties for jumping the start, while Adriatic Europa – Hotel Danieli was left grounded a few meters from the island of San Giorgio. Right from the first buoy, Arca SGR – Ca’ Sagredo took the lead, maintaining their advantage throughout and securing victory.
Venice Hospitality Challenge – Final Rankings
Maxi A Regata Skipper
1. Arca SGR – Ca’ Sagredo Hotel Furio Benussi
2 .Way of Life – The Gritti Palace Vincec Gaspar
3. Prosecco DOC Shockwave 3 – Hotel Excelsior Mitja Kosmina
Maxi B Regata
1. Pegaso – Alajmo Ristorante Quadri Roberto Zambelli
2. Clean Sport One – Violino d’Oro Jure Orel
3. -Anywave- The St. Regis Venice Alberto Leghissa
1. Idrusa – Palazzina Paolo Montefusco
2. Kiwi – Ca’ di Dio VRetreats/LILT Paolo Pesaresi
3. Anemos II – JW Marriott Gughi Danelon
For the first time, the public had the opportunity to closely admire the boats at the docks thanks to a floating pier over 75 meters long placed in the Giudecca Canal, near the Zattere Palace. This pier was dedicated to the memory of the late Renzo Rossi, considered one of the foremost experts in the field of maintenance and preservation of the lagoon.
Simone Venturini, the Tourism Assessor, emphasized the importance of the regatta for Venice: “For the tenth anniversary of the Venice Hospitality Challenge, there could be no more beautiful celebration: a grand maritime festival, the best yachts, and the finest Venetian hospitality were the stars of the day.”
Thanks were extended for the patronage and support to the Municipality of Venice, the Veneto Region, the Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority, and the Italian Sailing Federation. The event also benefited from the support of Vela S.p.A., Venice Nautical Show, Marina Militare, Venice Le Città in Festa, and the gold sponsors Generali Italia, Visa, Acqua Dolomia, as well as sponsors Comte de Montaigne, Studio Berengo, and MureaDritta.
Collaboration acknowledgments were given to the Harbour Master’s Office, CMV Panfido, Bubola & Naibo, Assonautica, VYP Venice Yacht Pier, Portodimare, Marina Santelena, Venezia Certosa Marina, Alilaguna, Bellini Canella, and Rossi Renzo Costruzioni. Media Partners included Barche, Excellence Magazine, Venezia Made in Veneto, Venezia Unica, Lagunamare, and Wonder Cortina.