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Grand Soleil Yachts, the historical made-in-Italy sailboat brand signed by Cantiere del Pardo, gathered for the first edition ever of Grand Soleil Vintage Cup: the shipyard’s heritage models built during its 50 years of history took part in a friendly regatta on June 18th - 19th in Portopiccolo Sistiana.This first edition of the sailing event dedicated to all Grand Soleil "Vintage" yachts was an unparalleled success for Cantiere del Pardo. Great enthusiasm from all owners and their crews filled this unforgettable two-day event. The GS Vintage Cup was dedicated to all Grand Soleil boats with construction design prior to the year 2000. This has also made it possible to admire the evolution of hull lines and design that opened international doors to the history of Italian sailing.The event was framed by the beautiful location of Portopiccolo Sistiana, an ideal meeting point for Grand Soleil sailors and guests. Two beautiful days of sunshine and perfect breeze for sailing, together with evening parties and dinner on the terrace with music and DJ, in one of the most spectacular Italian locations.Grand Soleil Vintage Cup was attended by 30 boats and more than 200 participants from the Adriatic Sea. All the historical models of the shipyard were present, from the legendary Grand Soleil 34 designed by Finot to the larger Grand Soleil 50 designed by Peterson and Grand Soleil 52 by German Frers.The event began on June 17th with a welcome cocktail at Portopiccolo Yacht Club for finalizing boats’ registrations. Saturday morning skipper briefing was held before the start of the regatta, while Sunday after the second day at sea rich prizes were given to participants and winners.
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