Splendido Mare Cup
A regatta means salty air, windswept hair and the magic of seaside living. Combined with the effortless charm of Portofino, this is harbourside life at its very best.
“To me, the sea is a continual miracle,” Walt Whitman wrote in his poem ‘Miracles’. “The fish that swim, the rocks, the motion of the waves, the ships with men in them. What stranger miracles are there?"
This couldn’t be truer for the people of Portofino. Naturally, the village’s harbourside location means that the sparkling sea is never far away. But its roots, and the way of life of the portofinesi, are inextricably tied to the water. Not only has Portofino been a fisherman’s paradise for centuries, but in 1890 it hosted its first ever regatta, organized by Genoa’s Yacht Club Italiano.
Affluent tourists fell hook, line and sinker for Portofino’s tantalizing combination of fresh seafood, grand yachts and colorful houses. The arrival of the international elite only added to the glamour of the regatta in Portofino. In 1980, the first ever ‘Regate IOR di Primavera – Trofeo Zegna’ took place. 60 yachts from IOR class and 9 yachts from J24’ class set sail together in the Ligurian Sea. This regatta soon became an unmissable event that rang in the start of the regatta season for the entire Mediterranean region. Sadly, the last Trofeo Zegna took place back in 2006.
Until now. Forty-one years after the original ‘Primavera’ races, a regatta is making a triumphant return in honour of the re-opening of Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel. The ‘Regate di Primavera – Splendido Mare Cup’ is a joint venture between the Italian Sailing Federation, Yacht Club Italiano and the International Maxi Association. We’ve invited icons of the yachting world to the inaugural event, taking place 6–9 May 2021 and sponsored by Loro Piana, Veuve Clicquot and Banca Passadore. Anticipate a fleet of 60-foot boats, including Maxi IMA yachts and yachts from leading shipyards: Wally, Nautor's Swan, Southern Wind and Mylius.
No time is better than the present to celebrate Portofino’s heritage and the refreshed sophistication of the Mare. The event will pay loving homage to the village’s historical regattas with a combination of sport and glamour. This regatta will host two classes: racer and cruiser-racer, with fast races around the marks for the former and coastal races for the latter.
A triumphant rebirth of Portofino and its nautical history, the regatta is an ode to the charm of coastal living. Regate di Primavera – Splendido Mare Cup: a special toast to a legendary destination with fresh wind in its sails.
Check back here on 6–9 May 2021 to watch a live stream of the event.
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