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Double the celebrations for the Cantiere del Pardo

2 July 2024

Porto Cervo and Portopiccolo. These were the locations for a week of events Cantiere del Pardo dedicated to its owners. The Grand Soleil Cup was held in Sardinia in a battle against the Mistral, while in the Gulf of Trieste the Grand Soleil Vintage Cup, dedicated to boats with designs prior to 2000, made for twice the excitement in one week.

Organised in collaboration with the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club, the 2024 Grand Soleil Cup brought together some forty boats mostly from Italy but with the participation also of Grand Soleils from Spain, France, Monaco and even Puerto Rico.

On the quay, alongside models that have made the history of the shipyard such as the Grand Soleil 42 Gilda designed by German Frers or the Grand Soleil 45 Bucentaure 2 designed by the Judel/Vrolijk studio, there were also the new flagships of Cantiere del Pardo: the Grand Soleil 72 Performance Pantarei 2 and Shanti.

Unfortunately, the weather heavily conditioned the event. The Mistral, which reached 40 knots, forced the fleet ashore during both scheduled sailings. Space was then given to the social events of the “Grand Soleil family” with, among other key moments, the gala dinner at the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club and the presentation of special prizes at Piazza Azzurra.

Despite the weather not being particularly favourable, “the Grand Soleil Cup has once again confirmed its role as a key event on the calendar,” stated Gigi Servidati, President of Cantiere del Pardo, who also assured those enjoying the event that: “We are already hard at work for the 2025 edition!“.

If in Sardinia the strong wind conditions affected the Grand Soleil Cup, in the Gulf of Trieste, the 2024 Grand Soleil Vintage Cup took place over the course of two splendid days of sunshine and breeze. Organised by BS Nautic in partnership with the Portopiccolo Yacht Club and the Diporto Nautico Sistiana, the event saw the victory of Carlo Naibo’s GS50 Elca, followed by Francesco Lazzaretto’s GS45 Hic Sunt Leones and Roberto Cabrini’s GS42 Elisir.