1001 Vela Cup Trophy in Mondello, Trieste university students triumph

Editorial staff 27 September 2021 09:32

Share The University of Trieste has been awarded the fourteenth edition of the 1001Vela cup Trophy, the international regatta that saw sailing boats designed, built and run by university students compete on the Mondello regatta course. Organizing the event was the 1001VELACup Association in collaboration with the University of Palermo and the Circolo della Vela Sicilia with the contribution of the Sicily Foundation. The University of Trieste with Ita 934 preceded Ita 38 of the Polytechnic of Turin. Third place for Ita 1333 of the University of Padua. “The balance of the event is positive – says the president of the 1001Vela cup Association Massimo Paperini, creator of the event together with Paolo Procesi – despite a one-year stop due to the pandemic, the event is constantly growing. We had only one foreign crew, the Germans from the University of Karlsruhe, but we already have the commitment from another German university and a Swedish university to participate in the next edition. We opened the foils with three boats that mounted them, but unfortunately the marine weather conditions, which were still ideal for regattas, did not allow them to be fully exploited. In view of the next editions we want to launch two challenges related to the environment and sustainability: the first is to transform individual work into a synergy to create a consortium and build together the first entirely recyclable and self-sustainable boat from an energy point of view; the second is to equip the boats with a system for the collection of plastic at sea “. From the 1001VELAcup Association, thanks have arrived for the Circolo della Vela Sicilia for the hospitality and for the support to the event. “We are satisfied with how the regattas went – says the president of the Circolo della Vela Sicilia Agostino Randazzo – this is an event different from the others: it is a school that allows children to learn how to go to sea, how they are designed and built. the boats. Having the 1001VELAcup Trophy in Palermo is a source of pride “. The trophy was inaugurated by the seminar on the theme “America’s Cup: the new foiling hull generation” with two members of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team: Andrea Vergombello, one of the designers, and Gilberto Nobili, one of the sailors who aboard the Ac75 made millions of Italians dream by winning the Prada Cup and battling the Emirates Team New Zealand in the America’s Cup final. “Just Andrea Vergombello – adds Agostino Randazzo – ten years ago he started from the 1001VELAcup Trophy here in Mondello and is the testimony in person that this is a regatta that allows you to gain experience to take flight towards very important events and goals on board the boats most prestigious “.

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