SLAM COMPETES TOGETHER WITH YOUNG ATHLETES IN THE MAROTTA TROPHY AT PUNTA ALA.
Physical preparation, concentration, teamwork, tactics, motivation, passion: sailing proves to be an extraordinary learning — and fun — opportunity for the new generations.
April, 1 - 2017
SLAM COMPETES TOGETHER WITH YOUNG ATHLETES IN THE MAROTTA TROPHY AT PUNTA ALA.
Against the exclusive backdrop of the Punta Ala Yacht Club, the Saverio Marotta Throphy, the national 555FIV regatta, was held on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April. Thirteen 4-men crews plus reserves, all strictly under the age of 19 with the obligation of an under-16-year-old on board battled it out on the waves on a weekend full of surprises. The first day started with a 15 to 19-knot wind, which truly tested the mettle of the crews. Lots of capsizes, did not however deter these young sailors who showed plenty of attitude and passion as they continued to right their boats, encouraged by the splendid sunshine. The regatta was made even more challenging on the second day by rain, and the start was postponed by an hour to give better weather conditions. The surprise overall winners were the keenly competitive youngsters on the home team, who, trained and motivated by instructors Paolo and Leonardo, overturned the rankings, winning both first place and the “under-16” cup. Well done from the SLAM crew!
555FIV: THE IDEAL TEACHING BOAT FOR INTRODUCING KIDS TO THE BEAUTY OF SAILING.
Emanuele Sacripanti, Secretary of the Punta Ala Club and President of the Regatta Committee, describes the main player in this competition, the 555 FIV: “As its name suggests, this boat is 5 metres, 55 centimetres long, wide and low on the waves: it is a technical craft that perfectly replicates the manoeuvres used when sailing the high seas and is the ideal practice boat for beginners.” “The 555FIV,” adds Filippo Calandriello, Sporting director for the Punta Ala Yacht Club and son of historic President Bruno, “offers kids the chance to experience all the beauty of sailing. There is no other sport that is such as good combination of athletic preparation, tactical skills, teamwork and fun. This is why we set particular store by our Sailing School, which every year attracts hundreds of kids from all over Italy."