The village of Portofino will once again open the sailing season for maxi yachts in the Mediterranean, with the return of the Regate di Primavera (Spring Regattas) next April. The announcement comes after a successful 2021 edition, and thanks to the ongoing collaboration between the Yacht Club Italiano, the Municipality of Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure, the International Maxi Association and main partner Rolex.
The Regate di Primavera will officially kick off on Thursday 21 April, with the arrival of the boats and the start of registrations. The yachts will be moored in Portofino Marina while space is available, and then at the neighbouring Porto Santa Margherita Ligure. The action on the water will get underway on Friday 22 April with the start of the first race, and will conclude on Monday 25 April with the final competition and the prize giving ceremony.
The event highlights the region’s strong and enduring links with the sport of sailing, with the YCI having organised its regattas in the Gulf of Tigullio since the late 1800s, and establishing its summer headquarters there in 1965. In conjunction with the spring regattas, the town will mark the feast day of its patron saint, San Giorgio, with the impressive traditional bonfire and celebrations in Portofino’s central piazzetta on 23 April.
The Regate di Primavera - Portofino are organised by: Yacht Club Italiano, municipality of Portofino, International Maxi Association and Rolex as Official Timepiece. Splendido Mare – a Belmond Hotel - is Hospitality Partner with Banca Passadore Technical Partner. The races were made possible thanks also to the valuable collaboration of the Comune di Santa Margherita, the Portofino Yacht Marina and Progetto Santa Margherita. Under the aegis of the Federazione Italiana Vela and the patronage of Regione Liguria.