The 2023 Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour was presented yesterday afternoon at the BIT in Milan: the occasion was a conference organized by ENIT and attended by the general manager of Difesa Servizi S.p.A. Luca Andreoli, by the marketing manager of ENIT Maria Elena Rossi, the leader of SSI Events Riccardo Simoneschi, the head of the press office of the Navy Admiral Antonello De Renzis Sonnino and FIV councilor Fabio Colella. The meeting - full video viewable by clicking here - had great echoes on the main information bodies and on national television news.

Going into the specifics, the season calendar is therefore official, which will consist of a World Cup, a European and two tours of Italy: these are the highlights of the 2023 Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour, a tangible expression of the collaboration started three seasons ago by Difesa Services S.p.A. which has chosen SSI Events as organizer of the events in the sailing field.

Among the season highlights of the Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour 2023 we have to be completed one World Championship, one European Championship and two tours of Italy: a tangible expression of the collaboration that has been going on for three years now by Difesa Servizi S.p.A. which has chosen SSI Events as organizer of the sailing events.

The 2022 season closed with the second edition of the Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Veloce, won by Pietro D'Alì and Matteo Sericano with Genova The Grand Finale - The Ocean Race, the working group, coordinated by the General Director of Difesa Servizi S.p.A. Luca Andreoli and the leader of SSI Events Riccardo Simoneschi, has begun to grow the 2023 program, which will have as confirmed pillars the Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour (June 30-July 28) and the Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Veloce (5-19 November).

The Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour will depart from Genoa just in the days following the conclusion of The Ocean Race. The sailing tour of Italy will inaugurate its village to celebrate the arrival of the teams returning from the around the world sailing race. While the calendar of the event is being defined, the format will be the same with eight legs that will transfer the Beneteau Figaro 3 fleet from Genoa to Venice. Along with the offshore races, also the Waszp fleet of the Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour and the riders of the wing board classes will race in each stopover. Once again in 2023, the team with the best placements in the three classes will win the Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour and will be awarded in the iconic prize giving ceremony, which will traditionally take place at the Venice Arsenale.

As for the Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Veloce, which with its 1492 miles of sporting suffering - to be covered with a double handed crew in a period of the year characterized by cold and limited hours of daylight - is confirmed as the longest and most selective regatta of the Mediterranean. Crews will still be chasing to beat the impressive record of 8d8h23m27s set by Faguet-Leboucher in 2021 on Team Urban Value.

In addition to these main events, Marina Militare Nastro Tour will organize a series of satellite events, sometimes preparatory to participation in the two main events: the 2nd Mediterranean Female Offshore Championship will start on April 20 in Livorno as part of the RAN 630, 630-mile offshore regatta to be sailed along the route Livorno-Porto Cervo-Capri-Livorno, organized by the Livorno Yacht Club and the Accademia Navale. The 2nd Mediterranean Female Offshore Championship will be disputed using the ten Beneteau Figaro 3 of the Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour and will be open to female crews (it will be decided whether double handed or for teams of three elements based on the number of entries). A project that also involves The Magenta Project, a collective of passionate people committed to developing pathways and generating opportunities for more equity and inclusion in sailing, leading with gender.

Just over a month and in France it will be time of the Double Mixed Offshore European Championship (June 1-8), an event won over the last two years by Cecilia Zorzi (in 2021 paired with Alberto Bona and in 2022 with Giovanni Di Monaco) who, also conquered the DMO Worlds 2022 in Portorose always paired with Di Monaco, and who, from here, took the launch for The Ocean Race with the Austrian Ocean Racing Powered by Team Genova.

This event will mark the beginning of a collaboration between Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour and the Offshore Racing Council, aimed at trying to spread the culture of double-handed offshore regattas in the Mediterranean.

"To achieve the goal, Wild Cards will be awarded to the winners of the DMO ORC Worlds, scheduled in Spain next September, and DMO ORC Europeans, scheduled in Denmark next June, to participate in DMO Worlds and DMO Europeans, the monotype events organized by Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour" declared the president of the ORC, Bruno Finzi.

Also from the ORC events, open-gender crews will be selected and invited to the Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Tour and to the Marina Militare Nastro Rosa Veloce. There will also be the opportunities for the first female crew classified in the ORC events: in fact, they will be invited in 2024 to participate to the 3rd Mediterranean Female Offshore Championship.

Another event of absolute importance will be the Double Mixed Offshore World Championship (October 2-8), planned on a route that will start from Taranto and will end in the same city, that has an historical importance for the Marina Militare: it will be the third time that the organization of this event is entrusted by World Sailing to Difesa Servizi S.p.A. and SSI Events.