A week end dedicated to the Swan One Design training
The sail-racing year of the Yacht Club has started with a weekend dedicated to Swan One Design, during which ten ClubSwan 50 and five ClubSwan 36 have tested their technical skills in the gulf, in front of the Marina di Scarlino, to prepare for The Nations League 2022 circuit, which will see its start in the same waters, as already happened in 2021.
The weekend saw training regattas unfold, in which the teams were able to stretch out after the winter and finalize the fine-tuning and test sails and materials. Several sailors of international caliber who, together with the representatives of the main sailmakers, made this weekend a real hotbed in view of the imminent start of the season. There were several starting sequences that followed, leading to the dispute of 7 races with light winds mainly from the southern quadrants.
In the ClubSwan 50, the winning team of the 2021 circuit, Hatari, is reconfirmed in great shape with the German Markus Wieser calling tactics, assisted by the well-known New Zealand athlete of the America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race, Ross Halcrow.
The Belgian team of BALTHASAR, which lines up the New Zealander Amish Pepper, also seems destined to be talked about. Olympians Iker Martinez (ESP) aboard Ulika and Will Ryan (AUS) aboard Earlybird will certainly be names to beat.
For the ClubSwan 36, the consolidated Trieste duo made up of Gabriele Benussi and Lorenzo Rufo Bressani seems to start off on the right foot, aboard Fra Martina, aiming to oust fellow citizen Michele Paoletti, aboard GSPOT, from the leadership of the circuit.
The season will proceed with the Tuscany Grand Prix, the first stage of the Melges World League, which will see the two classes Melges 14 and Melges 20 brought together in a single event from April 8 to 10.
To close the month of April, one of the two key events of the season, the Swan Tuscany Challenge from 26 to 30, kicking off The Nations League circuit, which for the fourth consecutive time has chosen the waters of this wonderful gulf of Maremma. ClubSwan 50 and ClubSwan 36 classes will attend.
The Yacht Club Isole di Toscana counts on the support of the Municipality of Scarlino, Marina di Scarlino, Scarlino Yacht Service and Resort Baia Scarlino.
To support the Club season, the consolidated relationship with the company of excellence Rigoni di Asiago, with which the passion for quality, sea, environment and clean energy are shared values.