Metropole-Glenfiddich Dragon Racing Team
From Friday, 2nd October to Sunday, 4th October - 12 of the most important Dragon class teams in Venice for a sensational match race
Vento di Venezia ASD and Compagnia della Vela are proud to host the Metropole-Glenfiddich Dragon Racing Regatta Team from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th in Venice.
This event attracts 12 of the most important Dragon class teams in the world to a sensational match race. Dragon class defined as “regal” in the world of sailing, has, over the years, prompted many top sailors and members of various royal families to compete in these sophisticated, upmarket, 3-man crews.
The participants of the Metropole-Glenfiddich regatta team come from six different countries – Australia, Russia, United Kingdom, the Principality of Monaco, Spain and Italy. Among the teams participating for the marvellous Murano glass trophy created by Linea Murano Art, are the current second- and fifth- place getters, Dimitry Samokhin and Anotoli Loginov from Russia; the former world champion Klaus Diederichs from the United Kingdom and the four- time Italian Champion Giuseppe Duca from Venice. Markus Blackmore from Australian counts top sailors like America's Cup Terry Wetton and Olympic athlete Theis Palm.
“The dragons are the most international of all the navigation (sailing) classes with a history that goes back 80 years” says Klaus Diederichs, former Dragon class world champion and member of the Compagnia della Vela Venezia. “One of my biggest dreams has always been to take these dashing and extremely competitive water-crafts into the marvellous waters of the Venetian Lagoon. We will be able to attend a spectacular regatta in front of St. Mark's Square, a symbol of naval history as old as the Serenissima.”
The event is being sponsored by Hotel Metropole in Venice, an historic 5-star hotel in front of the Riva degli Schiavoni and Glenfiddich Whisky. The operative base will be at Marina Vento di Venezia, on the island of Certosa.
The programme begins on Friday with a series of Round Robin team races, followed by two Fleet Races on Friday afternoon in St. Mark's lagoon.
The winner will be decided during the Saturday and Sunday racing events, and the prize-giving will take place on Sunday afternoon on the island of Certosa, where the 36 participants will be hosted in the green areas not far from the centre of Venice, and have the exclusive opportunity of participating in the event.
Friday 2nd October
10.00am-12.00noon Registration of participants and welcome to Vento di Venezia, Certosa
1.30pm to 3.30pm 2K Team Racing in the Lagoon
4.00pm to 6.00pm Regatta in front of St. Mark's Square
Saturday 3rd October
10.00am Departure from Certosa to Lido
11.30 to 4.30pm 2K Team Racing – Round Robins
Sunday 4th October
10.00am Departure from Certosa
11.00am to 2.30pm 2K Team Racing – Round Robins
4.00pm Prize-giving ceremony at Certosa