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Vele d'Epoca di Imperia

11. - 15. September 2024

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The Vele d'Epoca di Imperia: An Italian Sailing Tradition for over 30 Years

In 1986, a vision was brought to life by Pier Francesco Gavagnin, Director of Portosole Sanremo. He introduced the world to the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia, an event that swiftly sailed into the hearts of sailing aficionados. Over the years, this regatta transformed from a humble gathering of around 30 classic boats to a cornerstone event in the Mediterranean sailing calendar, drawing participants and spectators from every corner of the globe.

 

The Vele d’Epoca is not just a race; it’s a vibrant celebration of nautical heritage, where the elegance and grace of yesteryears’ sailing crafts are displayed in all their glory. The regatta, returns annually, each time rekindling the spirit of traditional sailing with iconic classic yachts like Hallowe’en and Mariska, both built by the famous William Fife III

 

Aligning with Noblesse Yachts offers you a golden ticket to this illustrious event. This is your chance to step aboard a piece of maritime history, to feel the deck under your feet as you navigate the seas. It’s an invitation to embrace the timeless allure of classic sailing, to join the dance of wind and waves in a competition that is both exhilarating and elegant.

 

Imagine the thrill of participating in this prestigious race, the friendship among sailors, the cheers of the crowds, and the satisfaction of mastering the seas aboard a vessel that embodies the essence of sailing. In Imperia, a city renowned for its breathtaking beauty, rich history, and warm Italian hospitality, you’ll find more than a regatta: you’ll discover a world where the past and present merge in a spectacular celebration of the sea. Welcome to the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia.

What is the Vele d'Epoca di Imperia?

Vele d’epoca di Imperia (Imperia Vintage Sails) is an event that takes place in Imperia, Italy. It’s a regatta dedicated to vintage sailing boats and is organized by the Yacht Club of Imperia. It’s usually held in September and attracts sailors and sailing enthusiasts from all over the world. The event typically includes a parade of classic yachts and a series of races.

 

During the event, the boats are judged based on their authenticity and preservation during a parade. Prizes will also be awarded to the winning yacht of the race. The Vele d’Epoca di Imperia is considered one of the most important regattas of its kind in Italy. It also features a marketplace with maritime antiques and memorabilia, as well as a series of cultural and entertainment events.

How much does it cost to participate in the Vele d'Epoca di Imperia?

Premium-Regatta-Bundle: From € 11.780,- per person 

Single Day Ticket: From € 1.890,- per person (ONLY TWO SPOTS PER DAY AVAILABLE)


We know how crucial it is for you to have a comfortable and delightful stay. Whether you’re here to take part in the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia or simply to relish the ambience, you can have peace of mind that we have attended to every detail to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Get ready for the ultimate sailing experience with us! 

Included in your Single Day Ticket:

  • Choose to actively race or relax on board with a professional skipper and crew
  • Fresh-made snacks aboard and beverages during racing
  • Celebrate with a “Splice the mainbrace” drink back in the marina
  • Lively evening parties with entertainment 
  • Receive a participation certificate and nautical mile confirmation for your seaman’s book if desired
  • Relax knowing all taxes and fees are included

Additionally included in your Premium-Regatta-Bundle:

  • Private shuttle service from and to the airport 
  • Convenient on-site shuttle service to take you to the marina and evening events
  • Learn the ropes with a 1-day briefing and manoeuvre training at sea
  • Experience the thrill of 3 exciting racing days
  • Champagne, Spirits and Oliva Premium Cigars
  • Join the exclusive crew parties
  • Show your team spirit with provided uniform polo shirts and caps
  • On-site event support throughout the event
  • Opening, Closing, and Award Ceremonies/Parties

What is included in the Premium-Regatta-Bundle?

We understand the importance of tailoring our sailing experiences to meet your unique needs. Recognizing that some of our guests may have different requirements, or may not need accommodation at all, we offer a variety of options. Each hotel or apartment we offer has been selected with the most excellent care, drawing on the experiences and feedback of our customers to ensure we meet your expectations.

Whether you’re joining us to participate in the thrilling sailing events at the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia or to savour the maritime atmosphere, rest assured that every aspect of your journey has been meticulously planned.
From the moment of your welcome, complete with a champagne toast, to the professional guidance you’ll receive on board, we’re committed to making your sailing adventure with us nothing short of perfect.

 

Get ready for the ultimate sailing experience with us! 

Included in your Premium-Regatta-Bundle:  

  • Private shuttle service from and to the airport
  • Sip on champagne at the exclusive welcome gathering
  • Convenient on-site private shuttle service 
  • Choose to actively race or relax on board with a professional skipper and crew
  • Learn the ropes with a 1-day briefing and manoeuvre training at sea 
  • Experience the thrill of 4 exciting racing days
  • Our classic yacht is exclusively reserved for you and your fellow guests
  • Fresh-made catering aboard, as well as non-alcoholic beverages during sailing and racing
  • Celebrate with a “Splice the mainbrace” of champagne, beer, and wine back in the marina after each sailing and racing day
  • All Spirits and Oliva Premium Cigars
  • Lively Evening Entertainment
  • Show your team spirit with provided uniform polo shirts and caps
  • On-site German, Dutch and English event support throughout the event
  • Opening, Closing & Award Ceremonies and Parties
  • Receive a participation certificate and nautical mile confirmation for your seaman’s book if desired
  • USB-Stick with Photos and Videos from the week
  • Relax knowing all taxes and fees are included

What is included in the Single Day Ticket?

You now have the ultimate chance to be part of the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia for just 1 day. To make sure you stay as flexible as you want to be, we offer single day tickets for the regatta full of sailing action.

 

Included in your day package:

  • Choose to actively race or relax on board with a professional skipper and crew
  • Freshly made snacks and non-alcoholic beverages during sailing and racing
  • Celebrate with a “Splice the mainbrace” back in the marina 
  • Dance the night away at the lively evening parties with entertainment
  • Receive a participation certificate and nautical mile confirmation for your seaman’s book if desired
  • Relax knowing all taxes and fees are included

Is it possible to reserve the entire yacht for exclusive use?

You certainly have the option to secure exclusive reservations for the entire yacht. The allure of reserving the entire yacht rests in the privacy, bespoke customization, and exclusive experience it affords, rendering it a versatile and ideal selection for a wide range of events and personal preferences.

 

Private Parties: People looking to host private celebrations such as weddings, anniversaries, or milestone birthdays.

Corporate Events: Companies seeking a unique setting for corporate retreats, team-building activities, or client entertainment.

Families and Friends: Large groups of friends or extended families wanting an exclusive sailing experience.

Luxury Travelers: Travelers seeking a personalized and luxurious vacation experience.

Charter Companies: Businesses specializing in yacht charters for events, vacations, or special occasions.

Celebrity or VIP Guests: High-profile individuals or celebrities wanting privacy and exclusivity during their sailing experience.


We provide exclusive booking options for a variety of yachts. Please do not hesitate to contact us; we are dedicated to providing tailored solutions that meet your specific needs. Reach out to 

Can I participate at the Vele d'Epoca di Imperia with my own yacht?

Do you own a yacht and want to participate at the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia without the hassle of organizing berth, accommodation, food, and entertainment? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

 

We provide a range of services, including:

  • Logistics and navigation support
  • Concierge services such as airport on-site shuttle, coordination of onshore events, and planning accommodation and meals
  • Crew coordination assistance, whether you need help assembling a skilled crew or hiring a skipper
  • And much more….

 

Explore our blog, the Regatta 101 Guide, or contact us at for additional details.

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Discover the surroundings.

classic sailing yacht

Hallowe'en

In 1926, William Fife III launched the 24.7m cutter Hallowe’en. According to William Fife III, designer of a number of classic yachts still racing today, “Hallowe’en is the perfect gentleman’s yacht. She is a jewel”. When gaff-rigged racers dominated various regattas, he chose to rig the yacht as a low-aspect Bermudan cutter. Her mast and boom heights continued to change over the years, and eventually, she was transformed into a yawl.

 

Under new owner Alfred Larsen, a Norwegian industrialist, she returned to the Atlantic after racing in the Mediterranean for several years. The yacht became the official yacht of the Royal Norwegian Racing Club and was helmed by Prince Olaf numerous times. Following her transatlantic journey in 1938, she vanished from radar screens. She was further renamed Cotton Blosson IV by Walter Wheeler and continued her history of ocean racing before eventually being donated to the Classic Boat Museum in New Port, Rhode Island, for a much-needed refit.As a result of funds drying up in New Port, Hallowe’en was in need of a new owner and returned to the Mediterranean when Elizabeth Meyer (owner of J-Class Endeavour) assisted in finding a buyer.

 

From 1988 to 1991, Hallowe’en was carefully restored to her original lines at the Classic Boat Works in Newport, Rhode Island. All sawn English Oak frames were carefully repaired or replaced, and the planking was secured with bronze fasteners from the museum. Having undergone some major changes in France in 1994, she underwent another transformation in 1998, perhaps looking better now than ever. After several refits (and owners), she is now available for charter in the Mediterranean, where she races competitively in the classic regatta circuit spanning France, Corsica, Spain, and Italy. The latest refit was performed in 2009 by Fairlie Restorations on the Hamble river, UK.

Classic Charme

Hallowe’en is undoubtedly one of the most stunning yachts on the regatta scene. This fast and excellent Fife-built cruiser/racer is highly recommended for charter by anyone seeking a vintage wooden sailing yacht of the highest quality. In addition to being one of the most beautiful Fifes ever built, she is able to make fast passages across the oceans and still wins classic regattas. With her original mahogany interior, Hallowe’en is one of the finest vintage racing yachts in the Mediterranean.

The 25th Vele d'Epoca di Imperia

Your Premium-Regatta-Bundle itinerary.

Embark on a journey where history and modernity converge in a symphony of nautical heritage at the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia. This remarkable event, marking its 25th edition, coincides with the centenary celebration of the city of Imperia, creating an atmosphere of grandeur and festivity unlike any other.

 

The Vele d’Epoca is not just a regatta; it’s a tapestry of experiences, expertly woven to cater to the spirit of adventure and the love of sailing. This event is a tribute to the timeless charm of the Mediterranean and a testament to the enduring allure of Imperia’s rich maritime history. We have meticulously curated an itinerary that promises more than just sailing. From the moment of your arrival, every aspect of your stay – from luxury accommodations to gourmet dining – is crafted with an eye for excellence. Indulge in the serenity of Imperia, where the blend of historical magnificence and natural beauty provides a backdrop like no other.

 

This exclusive package offers a comprehensive experience of the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia, where you can partake in exhilarating races or simply revel in the splendour of the seascape. Whether you choose to actively engage in the races or enjoy the spectacle from a distance, the choice is yours. This event is your canvas – paint it with the colours of your passion and enthusiasm. Join us at the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia and be part of a celebration that honours a century of maritime heritage and the joy of sailing.

Premium-Regatta-Bundle

Single Day Ticket

  • Day 1 - Riviera Arrival: Scenic Transfers and Toasts

    Tuesday

    September 10th

    Welcome to the Riviera: From Nice to Imperia
    Upon arrival at Nice International Airport (NCE), you will be greeted by our friendly driver, who will take you on a scenic drive along the coast to Imperia. There, you will settle into your accommodation. 

    Champagne Evenings: Imperia’s Delightful Debut
    Depending on your arrival time, you will have the afternoon to enjoy various activities. In the evening, we will gather for a welcome glass of champagne before going to a delicious dinner. There you’ll also hear about the first exciting details about the days that await you.

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    Day 2 - Training Day, Swimming and Relaxing

    Wednesday

    September 11th

    Seas the Day: Marina Adventures Await

    Prepare for an exhilarating day at sea! Once you’ve enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast, we’ll escort you to the marina for a day of sailing. A brief rundown on safety and you’re ready to dive into hands-on sailing drills amidst the azure waves. Midday, savor a selection of snacks and beverages to keep your spirits high and energy flowing. Take a moment to enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea or simply relax on deck, soaking up the sun.

    Sunset Toasts: Imperia’s Festive Launch

    As evening approaches and the yacht returns, a toast celebrates the day’s journey and the promise of what’s to come. The opening ceremony of the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia awaits, where you’ll join a festive celebration along the waterfront. With the hum of conversation, majestic yachts, and live music setting the scene, the night ushers in a week, sure to be etched in memory.

    Lady relaxing on Deck
    Champagne on Sea

    Day 3 - First Race Day: From Dawn's Espresso to Dusk's Cheers

    Thursday

    September 12th

    Regatta Daybreak: Espresso and Sail

    Rise and shine, it’s race day! As you savour a real Italian espresso at a charming local café, the golden sun ascends over the bustling harbour. It’s time to embark on the exhilarating first official race of the regatta. Today marks the moment we cast off into the waters, fully immersing ourselves in the spirited competition of the regatta’s opening race.

    Race Thrills: Savor the Sea’s Energy

    Onboard, feel the surge of excitement as we navigate the race, accompanied by a variety of delectable snacks and refreshing beverages, enhancing the vibrant energy of the race. Whether you choose to be hands-on in the sailing action or prefer to lean back and watch the action, the experience will be uniquely yours.

    Your Marina Evening: Dine, Unwind, Explore

    Back at the marina, we’ll raise a glass to our victories, toasting our success. The evening unfolds at your pace. Choose to dine with the group, immerse yourself in the live music echoing through the harbour, or wander the enchanting streets of Imperia solo. The choice is entirely yours to craft the night as you wish.

    Noblesse Yachts
    Noblesse Yachts

    Day 4 - Second Race Day and Starlit Soiree

    Friday

    September 13th

    Morning Challenge: Racing on the Riviera
    Awaken to the vibrant hustle of marina life, the scent of a fresh breakfast mingling with the sea air. It’s Friday, a day buzzing with heightened anticipation as sailors prepare for the Mediterranean’s sparkling embrace. The competition heats up as the sun climbs higher, setting the stage for the second official race.

    Evening Revelry: Soiree Under the Stars
    As the sun dips below the horizon, the energy shifts from the thrill of the race to the warmth of shared stories. Sailors and guests gather, relaxed, over dinner, their tales as rich as the food on their plates. The night comes alive with the sounds of music and laughter, a celebration of the Riviera’s culture and the tight-knit bond of the sailing community.

    Yacht Hallowe'en

    Day 5 - Third Race Day, High Seas Contest and Firework Finale

    saturday

    September 14th

    Noon Showdown: Strategy and Sailcraft
    With the morning sun climbing high, we ready ourselves for the regatta’s third bout at noon. At noon, we’re at the helm again, ready to take on the third race with energy and enthusiasm. At the starting line, the fleet is densely packed, where strategic savvy is as crucial as maintaining sails on the windward-leeward legs.
    Evening Splendor: Fireworks and Anticipation
    Again today, after the regatta, there will be ample opportunity to unwind, soak in the beauty of our surroundings, and recharge for the next day’s excitement. The grand finale of this unforgettable day will be a breathtaking fireworks display, illuminating the sky with a brilliant kaleidoscope of colours. We eagerly anticipate the showdown that awaits us the following day.

    Yacht Hallo'ween
    Vele d'Epoca Firework

    Day 6 - Regatta's Grand Finale: From Marina Hustle to Victory Celebration

    SUNDAY

    September 15th

    Final Challenge: Marina’s Morning Buzz

    It is the last day of the competition, and the marina is abuzz with sailors preparing their boats for battle on the open sea. Our yaacht is already impatiently pulling on her mooring lines, ready to face the competition. As we leave the harbor, we’ll be surrounded by some of the most magnificent yachts in the race, each displaying its unique beauty.

    Victory at Dusk: Celebrating Sea Triumphs

    The race can begin, and the excitement is hard to beat! Our yacht masters this with bravura because the legendary William Fife built her for only one purpose: to win. As we return to the harbour, the cheering crowd can be heard in the distance. After a triumphant race, we’ll attend the closing ceremony later in the evening, where the winners will be announced to thunderous applause.

    To celebrate our hard work and success, a fantastic dinner, live music, and an open-ended party await. You’ve earned it! Let’s make this a night to remember!

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    Culture and Entertainment

    Day 7 - Final Farewell: Marina Memories and Departures

    monday

    September 16th

    Parting Glances: A Marina Breakfast Farewell

    Leaving is never easy, but the memories we’ve created here will stay with us forever. As we enjoy a delicious breakfast, surrounded by the stunning marina views, we’ll reflect on the incredible memories we’ve shared – the thrilling races, the laughter, and the camaraderie.

    Homeward Bound: Gratitude and Goodbyes

    Our dedicated shuttle service will transport you back to the airport with ample time to spare before your departure. We’re grateful for the time we shared and the memories we’ve made. Thank you for being a part of this unforgettable experience. Farewell and Godspeed!

    Puig Vele Classica
  • Morning

    imperia Awaits

    Arrive at the harbour

    The sun is rising over the horizon, and our classic yacht is already impatiently waiting to set sail. If you wish, we will organize airport or hotel pick-up to bring you right to the marina. There, you gather with your fellow sailors, enjoy a fresh croissant at one of the cafés, and get excited for the day ahead. As the crew arrives at the yacht, you can help with preparations and get to know your skipper, as well as learn about safety instructions and some simple manoeuvres. The crew will also let you know how you can assist in the racing – should you wish to do so.

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    Afternoon

    Push Your Limits

    Sail to victory

    It’s time to throw off the bowlines to conquer the Vele d’Epcoa di Imperia, and we will only stop once we cross the finish line! As we leave the harbour, you’ll be surrounded by some of the most magnificent yachts in the race, each displaying its unique beauty. The race begins, and the excitement is hard to beat! The sailing will be fierce, but our determination and passion for the sport will carry us through. Immerse yourself in the action and handle the sails, or just lean back and enjoy the spectacle around you. During an adrenaline-fueled race, you’ll be treated to an array of snacks and refreshments on board, allowing you to bask in the thrill and excitement of the day.

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    Evening

    YOU EARNED IT

    Celebrating and Relaxing

    As we return to the harbour, the cheering crowd can already be heard in the distance. Upon your return to the marina, raise a glass for a “mandatory” manoeuvre drink to celebrate a successful day on the water. After this rousing competition, treat yourself to some well-deserved time off to regenerate your body and mind. Explore the streets of Imperia, browse the local stores, or take a leisurely stroll along the coast. In the evening, social entertainment is on the agenda, and you are free to join as long as you want. Not ready to leave quite yet? Stay in one of our renowned partner hotels, and maybe join us for another day at sea!

    Puig Vele Classica
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Hotel Rossini al Teatro

Hotel Rossini al Teatro is a quality-focused 4-star hotel in the center of Imperia Oneglia. Whether you are staying for business or pleasure, the Rossini al Teatro offers a stylish welcome and exceptional service. Located in a quiet pedestrian area, it is within walking distance of all the main attractions in the area, including the Olive Museum, Villa Grock, the Naval Museum, the marina, and the beaches.

 

For the Vele d’Epoca di Imperia, we secured your spot in one of the spacious Superior Rooms at Hotel Rossini al Teatro. These rooms come with a double bed or 2 single beds (if available) and can be occupied by 1 to 3 guests. With a distinctive character and color scheme, each room is a warm, inviting, sophisticated retreat that emphasizes harmony and elegance.

 

In addition to the splendid wellness, fitness, and beauty areas, guests can take advantage of the excellent breakfast room, where they can choose from a wide variety of authentic Ligurian specialty foods.

Superior Room Equipment

  • Minibar
  • 22 m2
  • Safe
  • 32" Satelite and digital TV
  • Bathtub or Shower
  • Slippers
  • Bathrobe
  • Wellness Products
  • Hairdryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wake-up-Service
  • Workstation
  • Lounge Chairs
  • Phone
  • Roomservice
  • Breakfast Service

Hotel Amenities

  • Wi-Fi
  • Bar
  • Panorama Library and Reading Room
  • Laundry Service
  • Copy and Faxstation
  • 24/7 Reception
  • Fitness Corner
  • Bike Rental
  • Roof Terrace
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Tourist Information
  • Spa
  • Wellness and Massage Treatments
  • Elevator
  • Cocktail Lounge
  • Sauna