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Portopiccolo Prosecco Doc - Hilton Molino Stucky winner of Venice Hospitality Challenge 2020

by Sandro Bagno 19 Oct 2020 15:22 BST
Venice Hospitality Challenge 2020 © Photo Matteo Bertolin

The 7th edition of the Venice Hospitality Challenge saw Portopiccolo Prosecco Doc - Hilton Molino Stucky skipper Claudio Demartis and helmed by Stefano Cherin thanks to a clear victory in Overall and in Class 1 on the top step of the podium.

Second finish less than five minutes Pendragon Lightbay Sailing Team - Bauer Palazzo with skipper Carlo Alberini and third, just over two minutes, Anywave - Belmond Hotel Cipriani protagonist of a great recovery with Alberto Leghissa at the helm and Mauro Pelaschier tactical.

The regatta, which set a new boat record with fifteen Maxi Yachts competing, took place on a short course due to the weak wind of about 5-6 knots. After a first part of the regatta with very light wind, Portopiccolo Prosecco Doc - Hilton Molino Stucky was able to take advantage of a gust to pick up speed, conquering the first position that it never left until the finish line of Marina Santelena. The Race Committee was made up of Alfredo Ricci, Judge and International Umpire assisted by Emilia Barbieri and the National Judge Gianfranco Frizzarin.

Venice Hospitality Challenge 2020 - Final ranking:

Class 1
1 Portopiccolo Prosecco Doc - Hilton Molino Stucky - Skipper Claudio Demartis
2 Arca SGR - Ca' Sagredo Hotel Skipper - Furio Benussi
3 Bamar Ancilla Domini - Hotel Excelsior - Skipper Andrea Straniero

Class 2
1 Pendragon Lightbay Sailing Team - Bauer Palazzo - Skipper Carlo Alberini
2 Anywave - Belmond Hotel Cipriani Skipper - Alberto Leghissa
3 Il Moro di Venezia - Venice Boat Show - Skipper Valentino Maestrutti

Among the maxi participants also New Zealand Endeavour - winner of the Whitbread Round the World Race '93 -'94 - with a crew of Venetian doctors who fought the pandemic on the front line.

The event was held in compliance with current regulations and the safety of the crews was guaranteed by the Pure Energy masks, certified and completely recyclable, made with materials obtained from fishing nets and PET waste.