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Yacht Club Italiano

Genoa, Italy

At the end of the nineteenth century, Vittorio Augusto Vecchi (aka Jack la Bolina) and a group of sailing enthusiasts, including H.M. the King Umberto I, founded the Royal Yacht Club Italiano. Since its inaugural regatta on August 8, 1880, when 177 boats competed in the Gulf of la Spezia, the club has promoted yachting, organized national and international regattas, and educated young sailors. The YCI, along with clubs in Naples, Palermo, Trieste, and Venice, played an integral role in the birth of the Italian Sailing Federation, which began during the 1930s. The Duke of the Abruzzi’s victory in the 1902 French Cup with the 10-ton Artica announced the club’s arrival on the international racing scene. The club burgee was also flown from the 8-Metre Italia, which won gold at the 1936 Olympic Games in Kiel, and the 12-Metre Italia, which competed in the 1986-’87 Louis Vuitton Cup in Perth, Australia.

Skipper: Leonardo Ferragamo
Boat: Cuordileone

Nautor’s Swan CEO Leonardo Ferragamo returns to Newport this September for his third attempt to win the Invitational Cup. However, this time he is flying the burgee of a club from his native Italy. In 2009 and 2011, Ferragamo skippered a team representing Finland’s Nylandska Jaktklubben. They finished fourth in 2009, but slipped to 12th in 2011. Tactician Nicolò Reggio is an America’s Cup veteran and a champion J/24 helmsman. The team trained in Italy last spring and used the Swan 42 National Championship to acclimate to the local conditions.