No Frills Sailing: At the Italia Yachts Yard
Last week we welcomed Lars Reisberg of No Frills Sailing visiting our shipyard at San Giorgio di Nogaro. It has been a real pleasure to show him the birthplace of Italia Yachts and introduce the people who actually make our boats. Read the beautiful article he wrote about it.
I´ve had my first encounter with Italia Yachts back in 2016 during Hamburg boat show back in the time when I was doing my SRC certification. I have this baked into my my mind still so vividly because the SRC class took place right during the show in a meeting room with a perfect view over the booths of the exhibitors. And there was one boat that had me. It was capturing my mind and taking my eyes off of the learning material: A shiny white, tall, slim and neatly designed hull … it was the Italia Yachts 13.98. I fell in love instantly.
During this very boat show I tried to climb aboard every day of the SRC-class and sucked in every detail of this fascinating boat. It had carried the sleek design of an X-Yachts even further, the tempting lines captured my imagination right away. My second encounter took place some half of a year later when I ran towards the Italia Yachts booth during Duesseldorf boat show 2017 (read the article here). It was on that occasion where I first met Franco Corazza, owner and founder of Italia Yachts, and Matteo Polli, principal naval architect of the boats. My love for the boats got refreshed even more in the then new 15.98 which was a delight to look at as well.
Visiting the Italia Yachts Production
Now it´s one Duesseldorf boat show later and because of the stress that comes with such an event I couldn´t make it to the Italia Yachts booth this time but shaking hands hastily with Matteo. I promised to try to acquire more time for a thorough meeting: And this is when the universe kicked in and helped. While staying at San Giorgio di Nogaro at beautiful Laguna Grado with a group of clients for sea trials on Cranchi inboard motoryachts I wrote a short Email to Matteo, stating that I am near Venice. Since Italia Yachts is based in beautiful Chioggia not far away, I planned to come by and visit the yard after work is done. Matteo answered: “What a nice coincidence! See, Chioggia is one of our two locations – the second is in San Giorgio, right where you are. We are Cranchi´s neighbours.” No question, one day later I was knocking at Matteo´s doors …
Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/2EHO1Al