Venezia, Italy (May 28 2018) – 4 continents, 15 countries and 19 teams, these are the numbers of the 32nd edition of Trofeo Marco Rizzotti, the International Optimist Class Team Racing regatta which will take place from the 8th to the 10th June 2018 in Venice, Italy.
Compagnia della Vela and Diporto Velico Veneziano, the two club hosting the event, will welcome the 95 competitors on the 7th of June in a ceremony which will take place in Camping Village Marina di Venezia, where each team will be housed in a bungalow, thus creating a mini Olympic village that will offer young sailors the opportunity to socialize each other. The teams will be: LISOT Black New York and Lauderdale Yacht Club (winner 2017) from the U.S.A., Yacht Club Santo Amaro from Sao Paulo in Brazil, Yacht Club de Monaco, St. Petersburg Yacht Club from Russia, Arm Urla Sailing Club and Goztepe Yachting Center from Turkey, Société Nautique de Genève from Switzerland, the national teams of Thailand, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Great Britain, Holland, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia and Circolo Velico Ravennate and the local team of the Veneto region .
The regatta, a round robin of 171 races in 3 days, will take place just outside the Lido entrance of the Lagoon. The regatta village will be hosted at the Centro Velico Sportivo “Ottavio Ghetti” of the Compagnia della Vela, in Punta Sabbioni, recently reopened thanks to the temporary concession of Consorzio Venezia Nuova and our sponsors INGEMAR and Nautilus, who made possible to launch the boats easily from a flooting pontoon which has been installed inside the harbor of refuge of the MOSE, the famous project intended to protect the city of Venice and the Venetian Lagoon from flooding.
The institutional partners of the 32nd edition of TROFEO MARCO RIZZOTTI are: CONI, the Veneto Region, the Italian Navy, the Italian Sailing Federation, the Italian Optimist Class, the Venetian Port Authority, the Metropolitan City of Venice, the Municipality of Cavallino – Treporti and the Panathlon Club Venezia.
Sponsors of the event are: Despar, Ragazzi Murano, Camping Village Marina di Venezia, APV Investimenti, Alilaguna Lines, Nautilus Maritime Works and Industrial Diving, GP Pellegrini, GENERALI Agency of Venice San Marco, INGEMAR, ATVO, Officina11 and ekologica.