The 18th record edition of the Grand Soleil Cup by Cantiere del Pardo has just ended: 70 boats at the starting line. A great party for all the Grand Soleil Yachts lovers, which took place thanks to the hospitality of the Marina of Cala Galera, the Monte Argentario Sail and Yacht Club and Pierservice.
Two perfect days dedicated to all the Grand Soleil lovers, surrounded by good weather conditions and an enthusiastic dock atmosphere.
At the starting line, many Grand Soleil models, which has told the story – of more than fourty years – of Cantiere del Pardo: from the GS34 “Why Not” designed by Jean Marie Finot in 1976 (owner: Andrea Stella) to the long-awaited full carbon GS34 Race “Podracer”, which has made its first appearance in the waters of Monte Argentario. Among the most recent models, there were seven Grand Soleil 46 LC, two brand new Grand Soleil 52 LC and two Grand Soleil 58, launched between 2016 and 2018.
More than 500 Grand Soleil lovers took part to the event, racing and partying together. Many of them came from abroad – Belgium, Germany, Swiss and Puerto Rico.
On Saturday, May the 26th, the first day of racing, the so-called “Long one” took place, a coastal race around Giannutri island, in a wonderful, natural and colorful scenario. The Grand Soleil 58 Leaps&Bounds has ranked first.
On Sunday, May the 27th, instead, because of the absence of wind the race among the boeys has been stopped.
On Saturday night, an amazing party with all the owners, the crews and Grand Soleil lovers took place. A dinner at the sunset in a picturesque scenario: the breathtaking terrace on the sea of the Monte Argentario Sail and Yacht Club.
Cantiere del Pardo wants to say thank you to all the participating owners, to their families and friends, the whole Cantiere del Pardo staff, who has actively contributed to the excellent result of the event, but most of all the Pierservice, Piefrancesco Costagliola and Filippo Martini, the real life of the Grand Soleil Cup. See you next year!
Special thanks to our sponsors – Falconeri, Bamar, Carboway, Harken, B&G, Podere Palazzo, Volvo Penta, Soluzioni Tessili Rigging, Rivelami – who have contributed to the success of the event.
Thanks to the FIV judges, the FIV high-sea sailing representative Donatello Mellina, the UVAI President Fabrizio Gagliardi, the whole staff of CNVA club and the Marine of Cala Galera.