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Venice Hospitality Challenge Regatta

This year again, on saturday October 20, Venice will be hosting the “Grand Prix”, the only regatta in the world that takes place on the inner canals of a city.

The event promises to be once again very spectacular, with the participation of twelve Maxi Yachts which have signed great pages in the history of sailing, led by internationally renowned skippers and paired with the most famous Venetian hotels. Final award: the Doge’s hat, specially made for the Venice Hospitality Challenge by the historic Murano glassworks F.B. Signoretti.

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Venice will experience days of sport, lifestyle and luxury, while having a special respect for nature and the sea in particular. The Venetian Yacht Club, promoter of the race, will support One Ocean Foundation, the international project launched by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda for the protection of the seas and spreading awareness on the urgent problems of the marine ecosystem.

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The skipper Mauro Pelaschier, at the helm of the 36-meter Maxi Yatch Viriella, will be the ambassador of the Foundation and the Charta Smeralda, which all the participating hotels invite to sign: www.1ocean.org. 

Venice Hospitality Challenge 2018 – Team
Maxi Yacht                                            Hôtel                                          Skipper
Way of Life                                  The Gritti Palace                            Gasper Vincec
Spirit of Portopiccolo                     Ca’ Sagredo                                  Furio Benussi
Adriatic Europa                             Hôtel Danieli                                    Dusan Puh
Lupa of the Sea                     Sina Centurion Palace                        Fabio Cannavale
Pendragon VI                                Hilton Molino                          Stucky Lorenzo Bodini
Any Wave                               Belmond Hôtel Cipriani                     Alberto Leghissa
New Zealand Endeavour       Hôtel Excelsior Venice                         Ezio Tavasani
Pegaso                                           Palazzina                                  Massimo Boccolini
E….Vai                                    The St. Regis Venice                          Giuliano Pich
Anemos                             JW Marriott Venice Resort                      Vasco Vascotto
Idrusa                                          Hôtel Almar Jesolo                       Paolo Montefusco
Viriella             Comune di Venezia - One Ocean Foundation          Mauro Pelaschier

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The fleet will be based in Marina Santelena, while the San Marco basin, focal point of the route, will allow the public to follow this competition from the shores. The regatta will start at 1.30 pm on Saturday October 20: departure and arrival from the San Marco basin towards the Lid with buoys positioned between the Lido and Sant'Elena and in front of Punta della Dogana; the latter will consist of a platform that will host an electric AUDI car. As always, the regatta will touch the most evocative points of the Serenissima: Piazza San Marco and the Basilica, Palazzo Ducale, the gardens of the Biennale, the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore and the Giudecca Canal. The award ceremony will take place at 4.30 pm, at the VYP Venice Yacht Piers wharf.

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