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Venice Hospitality Challenge 2020

The flag of the Lion of San Marco returns, to wave for the start of this year's Venice Hospitality Challenge. The seventh edition of the Grand Prix sailing through the City of Venice is the only regatta held in the inland waters of one of the most famous cities in the world, the Serenissima.

The regatta will be held on Saturday 17 October with a new record of participants. Fifteen Maxi Yachts that have left their mark on the history of world sailing will be lined up on the starting line. Internationally renowned skippers will compete for a prestigious victory and the now famous doge's hat, specially made this year by the historic Murano glass factory, Signoretto.

The race will start at 13.30 on Saturday 17 October, and the fleet's base will be on the Marina Santelena while the focal point of the route, San Marco basin, will allow the public to follow a spectacular competition from the shores.

The prize giving will take place at the “Zattere” at the Venice Yacht Pier (VYP) at around 4.30pm.

To arbitrate a high-level competition, a unique international judge has been appointed, namely Alfredo Ricci whose impressive credentials include Stella d'Oro from CONI, International Umpire, International Judge and International Race Committee, making him the only Italian racing official to have all three qualifications. From the America’s Cup and the Olympic Games, he will arrive in Venice to chair the Committee of the Venice Hospitality Challenge, assisted by Emilia Barbieri and the national judge Gianfranco Frizzarin - on board from the first edition.

Again this year's event involves high end Venetian hospitality, uniting a passion for the sea with the love for this city. The hotels participating in this sixth edition are: Alajmo Restaurant 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.

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Photo credit: Matteo Bertolin

The maxi yachts are also joined by the Moro di Venezia which will race for the Venice Boat Show while New Zealand Endeavor Covid19 will compete with a crew of Venetian doctors who have fought the pandemic.

Venice Hospitality Challenge 2020 – Participants

Maxi Yacht



Ocean Maxi    Alajmo Franco Corazza
Pendragon  Bauer Palazzo  Carlo Alberini
Arca SGR Ca’ Sagredo Hotel  Furio Benussi
Anemos Allianz SINA Centurion Palace Guglielmo Danelon
Anywave  Belmond Hotel Cipriani  Mauro Pelaschier
E…vai  San Clemente Palace Kempinski  Massimiliano Pontani
Adriatic Europa  Hotel Danieli  Dusan Puh
Ancilla Domini    Hotel Excelsior Andrea Straniero
Way of Life  The Gritti Palace Gasper Vincec
Portopiccolo Tempus Fugit Hilton Molino Stucky Claudio Demartis
Kiwi  Hotel Londra Palace Paolo Pesaresi
Idrusa  Palazzina Paolo Montefusco
Tutta Trieste 2  The St. Regis Venice Mario Hrvoj
Il Moro di Venezia  Salone Nautico Venezia  Dudi Coletti
New Zealand Endeavour Covid19 Valentino Maestrutti

"Everyone knows that Venice in its history had to face the plague and epidemics of various kinds" evokes Mirko Sguario, President of the Yacht Club Venezia and organiser of the event: “Yet, despite everything, the city did not stop. To honor our history and our deep-rooted traditions, with all the companies involved we will do our utmost for the best outcome of the regatta in full compliance with current regulations. In moments of difficulty, Venice has always looked up to the sea to rediscover its soul and its strength. And that is why I have never lost hope of being able to give life, this year too, to the best expression of VHC sailing, a sport that better than any other represents the essence of this city. "

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