A south-easterly breeze at 16-18 knots gusting at 20, not a cloud in the sky and enough of a swell to spray the decks upwind. What more could one ask for from the fourth and final day of racing of the 21st edition of Argentario Sailing Week? The crews of the 30 classic yachts representing 117 years of history racing in Tuscany were able to enjoy the breath-taking scenery of Maremma from a completely different point of view compared to the three previous days when the thermal breeze was a westerly one.
The Vintage Gaff class was first to start at 11 a.m. with the fleet feathering up to the line and then heading towards the windward mark off the Yacht Club Santo Stefano with their bows on Giannella beach. Then it was the turn of the Vintage Marconi class, followed by the Classics and by the Spirit of Tradition class. Scud, owner Patrizio Bertelli, rounds mark 1 first overall and is in the lead of the entire fleet for most of the race. Later the mark off the YCSS clubhouse saw the rounding in very quick succession of Recluta (German Frers), Hallowe’en (Inigo Strez, Rowdy (Donna and Howard Dyer) Varuna of 1939 (Jens Kellinghusen) and Stormy Weather of Cowes (Christopher Spray). Spinnakers flying, the yachts set off in the direction of the Island of Elba to complete the 17-mile course and last race of the regatta.
After 2 hours and 12 minutes Sumurun owner Alain Moatti (Willam Fife III- 1914) cuts the finish line first overall.
Back on the docks, the crews applauded and cheered the race committee boat as it bade farewell to competitors and arrivederci to the next edition. At 5 p.m., the Prize Giving Ceremony was held at the Race Village with crews enjoying well deserved refreshments, while
tourists and enthusiasts strolling down the quay could admire up close the Grandes Dames of the Sea moored in Pilarella, the ancient port of Porto S. Stefano. During the award ceremony, the dates of the 22nd edition of Argentario Sailing Week 2023 were announced: the international class yacht regatta will take place in Porto Santo Stefano from the 14th to the 18th of June 2023.
Overall Winners of Argentario Sailing Week 2022
Vintage Gaff class – the winner is Scud (Patrizio Bertelli), followed by Marga and by Chinook.
Vintage Marconi class – Varuna of 1939 (Jens Kellinghusen), followed by by Stormy Weather) and by Comet.
In the Classics, the overall winner is Il Moro di Venezia I (Massimiliano Ferruzzi) with Ojala II second and is Crivizza in third position.
In Spirit of Tradition, Toi et Moi (Alessandro Maria Rinaldi) is the overall winner of the class, second Midva followed by and Hanni II.
Day 4 winners – In the Vintage Gaff class, first is Scud (Patrizio Bertelli) with Torben Grael at the helm and Pietro D’Alì calling tactics, second Marga (Marga Yachting Partners), and third Chinook (Paolo Zannoni). In the Vintage Marconi victory on Day 4 goes to Stormy Weather of Cowes (Christopher Spray), second Sumurun (Alain Moatti) and third Varuna of 1939 (Jens Kellingghusen). ellinghusen), followed by Rowdy (Donna & Howard Dyer) and Comet (Woodward-Fisher). In the Classics: first today Il Moro di Venezia I (Massimiliano Ferruzzi), then Ojala II (Susan Carol Holland) followed by Crivizza (Ariella Cattai-Luigi Rolandi). In the Spirit of Tradition class, first Toi et Moi (Alessandro Maria Rinaldi), followed by Midva (Davide Besana) and Hanni II (Bjor Heldund).
The history of Argentario Sailing Week begins in 1992 when a group of YCSS members organized a regatta for classic boats called Le Vele d’Argento. Over the years, the number of registered boats has increased and since 1999 the event has been called Argentario Sailing Week.
The Argentario Sailing Week 2022 is organized by the Yacht Club Santo Stefano and the Municipality of Monte Argentario with the patronage of the Tuscany Region, the Province of Grosseto, the Municipality of Monte Argentario and the Italian Navy. In addition to sponsoring the event, the Municipality of Monte Argentario has also contributed to the event financially.
The sponsors of the 21st edition of the Argentario Sailing Week are: Engel & Völkers Castiglione della Pescaia and Toscano Collezioni srl. The technical partners supporting the organization are: Verdissimo, Jacobelli Liquori sas, Podere 414 and the LaMMA Consortium for the weather forecasts. The mooring quay is in concession to the Società Porto Turistico Domiziano spa.