Vintage sailing, the Verbano Classic Regatta from 1st September

About 40 vintage, classic and traditional sailing boats are expected at the eleventh edition of the Verbano Classic Regatta, scheduled from 1 to 3 September 2023 in Cerro di Laveno Mombello, a lakeside village on the eastern shore of Lake Maggiore. The event is organized by Avev, Associazione Vele d’Epoca Verbano (, in collaboration with the Cvmv, Circolo Velico Medio Verbano and Canottieri Cerro Sportiva under the patronage of Fibas (Italian Federation of Historic Boats), Aive (Italian Association of Vintage Sailboats), Asdec (Association of Vintage and Classic Hulls) and the support of the Lombardy Region, Municipality of Laveno Mombello. Two regattas planned.

“This event”, said Avev president Paolo Sivelli, “maintains the primacy of the only and most attended national regatta-gathering in inland waters of vintage hulls where, in addition to lateen sails, historic dinghies are also allowed, which this year they will be able to compete in the first edition of the award for the best restoration by simply sending an email to [email protected]”.

During this ‘three days dedicated to seafaring’ the participants will be able to attend two short conferences on the traditional cuisine of the lake and meteorology, respectively on Friday 1 September at 11 and 18 at the Officine dell’Acqua in Laveno Mombello. The welcome aperitif will also be held here on Friday at 18.30. After the first regatta on Saturday 2 September, at 7 pm, the gala dinner for owners and crews will take place at Palazzo Perabò in Cerro di Laveno Mombello, followed by an open-air concert. At the end of the second test in the water on Sunday 3 September, at 13.00, the award ceremony will be held with refreshments for all participants.

The project, supported by the Varesotto Community Foundation, consists in census and cataloging the typical walking rowing lances particularly widespread on lakes Maggiore and Como. The Inglesine Universal Register is recognized by the scientific committee of Fibas and, upon request, allows you to obtain the certificate of recognition of a vessel of Italian historical interest. These boats, between 5 and 8 meters long, were used from the early 19th century by the wealthy classes for excursions along the Thames, until they were then imported by English vacationers on the Lombard lakes. The boats, built in mahogany wood with the so-called ‘clinker’ technique, on the occasion of the 11th edition of the Verbano Classic Regatta will be exhibited in the ancient port of Cerro di Laveno giving life to the “First meeting of the English women of the lakes” and participating in a a real prize with oar strokes in which the crew that demonstrates the most energy and resistance will win.