Press Conference VHC 2019 at The Municipality of Venice


Venice, 1st October 2019.

Today at Ca 'Farsetti, seat of the Municipality of Venice, the VI edition of the Venice Hospitality Challenge was presented, the Grand Prix of the City of Venice which will take place on Saturday 19th October to offer to the participants and to the spectators once again this year great emotions. The ever-growing success of this unique regatta in the world is confirmed by the new record which in this edition sees the presence of fourteen Maxi Yachts. On the international skipper's regatta field they will compete for the coveted doge's hat, specially made by Massimiliano Schiavon Art Team, an historic Murano glass factory. The Serenissima, one of the most famous cities in the world, will be the setting for this unmissable show, which combines famous boats with the more luxurious Venetian hotellerie.

The hotels participating in the Venice Hospitality Challenge 2019 are: Hilton Molino Stucky Venice; Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice; Belmond Hotel Cipriani; SINA Centurion Palace; Palazzina; The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice; Ca ’Sagredo Hotel; Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort; The St. Regis Venice; JW Marriott Venice & Resort Spa to which are added this year Bauer Palazzo, San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Hotel Londra Palace and the extraordinary participation of the Alajmo family, excellence of Italian cuisine.

Venice Hospitality Challenge 2019 - Team in the race
Maxi Yacht                             Hotel                                                               Skipper
Arca SGR                               Ca ’Sagredo Hotel                                         Furio Benussi
Way of Life                             The Gritti Palace a Luxury Collection Hotel Gasper Vincec
Shining M&M                          SINA Centurion Palace                                 Miloš Radonjić
Any Wave                               Belmond Hotel Cipriani                                 Alberto Leghissa
Adriatic Europa                       Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel       Dušan Puh
Portopiccolo Tempus Fugit    The St. Regis                                                Mitja Kosmina
Ancilla Domini                        Hotel Excelsior Venice Lido Resort              Stefano Cherin
Anemos Allianz                      JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa             Mauro Pelaschier
Maxi 90 Hilton                        Hilton Molino Stucky                                     Francesca Clapcich
E...Vai                                     San Clemente Palace Kempinski                  Giuliano Pich
Botta a Dritta                          Bauer Palazzo                        Vincenzo Onorato/Adalberto Miani
Kiwi                                        Hotel Londra Palace                                      Paolo Pesaresi
Idrusa                                     Palazzina                                                       Paolo Montefusco
Il Moro di Venezia                  Alajmo Quadri Restaurant                             Tommaso Chieffi

Venice Hospitality Challenge and One Ocean Foundation

This edition of the Venice Hospitality Challenge will see the Venice Yacht Club, promoter of the regatta, become the spokesperson once again of the objectives of safeguarding the oceans by the One Ocean Foundation, an international project directly concerned with the preservation of the marine environment born in 2018 from an idea of ​​the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. This commitment was also shared by the Municipality of Venice and publicly announced on the last June by the Councilor for Environment and Sustainable City Massimiliano De Martin through the signing of the Charta Smeralda, the ethical code that guides individuals and organizations towards shared behaviors for environmental protection. This is an innovative document and to which everyone can join through the website www.1ocean.org.

The VI edition of the Venice Hospitality Challenge sees the eco-sustainable choice of Mure a Dritta for clothing for crews with technical fabrics characterized by a reduced environmental impact thanks to the use of yarns obtained by recycling waste materials, in accordance with the international GRS certification. Also in this perspective, on convivial occasions ceramic plates and dishes in biocompatible material will be used. To the attention to the environment this year we add social responsibility and, thanks to the collaboration of the Hotels, a donation will be made to a Venetian charity. Among its historical partners, Generali Italia has been supporting the Venice Hospitality Challenge for years and renewing its commitment to a city to which it is linked by the history and commonality of the brand but above all for its openness to sport, well-being and lifestyle healthy of people.

Race program

The event will open on Friday 18th October at 6.30 pm in Piazza San Marco at the Grancaffè Quadri with "Venice meets the skippers", where the public can get to know the skipper and crew up close. In the evening, as usual, there will be a standing buffet by invitation at the Ca ’Sagredo Hotel. The cannon shot that will start the race is scheduled for 13.30 on Saturday 19th October, the fleet base will be as usual Marina Santelena while the San Marco basin, focal point of the route, will allow the public to follow a spectacular competition from the docks. The awards will take place at the Zattere on the VYP Venice Yacht Pier and in direct contact with the citizens, at 4.30pm. At the end of the event, an exclusive private event will take place at the Hilton Molino Stucky hotel to celebrate the crews and partner hotels and consolidate the spirit of elegance and style that characterizes this unique regatta in the world. Each hotel will bring its own chef, each will prepare three typical recipes for a total of 14 stations.

“Established in 2014, the Venice Hospitality Challenge has brilliantly surpassed its first luster and is plowing through our lagoon, now reaching its 6th edition. Racing boats with a minimum length of 60 feet in a city circuit is the peculiarity of this spectacular regatta - emphasizes the President of the Venice Yacht Club Mirko Sguario, creator and organizer of the event - and that is the reason why I love the name of Gran Prize of the City of Venice that this year, which is unusual for our city, will see a BMW car positioned in the San Marco basin as a route buoy. The past editions have confirmed the validity of this event that every year brings the Gotha of sailing to Venice and avails itself of the support of prestigious sponsors and media partners. "

During the conference, the Police Chief of Venice Maurizio Masciopinto highlighted the indissoluble link between the sea and the Serenissima and to do the house honors Luigi Brugnaro, Mayor of Venice who declared “The nautical world is a magnificent world that it is part of the history of Venice that must increasingly draw closer to the sea with great passion - commented Luigi Brugnaro, Mayor of Venice - We are doing our part. We organized the first Boat Show in the spaces of the Arsenale in the last June and we have already set the date for the 2020 edition which will be from 3rd to 7th June. It is our intention to make this event dedicated to all the people of the sea, including the beloved sail that will have its own space. We are not in an elitist place where speeches are made far from the city. Indeed, larger yachts and hotels are in line with the idea of ​​revitalizing Venice. Thanks to this regatta - added the Mayor - people who love the world of sailing and boating will arrive in the city. And those who use the boats have their own education and a precise code of respect for the sea and are always the first to collect plastic bottles floating in the waves. We do our part in the Laguna: together with the fishermen of Pellestrina and the Veritas operators we have removed 150 tons of plastic from the sea in the last year. Where we can collect the floating briccole that are a danger to boats. Doing reagattas means regaining control of the territory in the water. Thanks, therefore, to Mirko Sguario who believes in this event and bets on beautiful things, on the excellence of the sea such as the Maxi Yachts and the hotels that share this wonderful experience ”.

The Venice Hospitality Challenge 2019 is sponsored by the Municipality of Venice and is supported by Generali Italia, BMW Italia and Champagne Moët & Chandon, Mure a Dritta. Sustainability Partner of the event is One Ocean Foundation and the event is supported by the Media Partner Gentleman, Italian Excellence, CEO, Boats, Excellence Magazine Luxury, Venice Made in Veneto, Wonder World and Wonder Cortina. We would especially like Alilaguna, CMV Panfido, Venezia Unica, VYP Venice Yacht Pier and Ve.La.