Thursday, 14 January 2016 16:52

Candidate for 2018 Finn World Masters - Marsala, Sicily

Marsala is a town situated at the western point of Sicily, in the Middle of Mediterranean Sea, in front of the Aegadian Islands.

The Club

The bid for the organisation of 2018 Finn World Master is presented by Circolo Velico Marsala (www.circolovelicomarsala.com), created in 1973, which has an extensive experience in organising regattas at national and international level (including 2013 Moth European championship, 2007 49er Europeans, 2005 Italian Championships for all Olympic classes, Lightning Worlds, several Italian championships including 2015 Finn Italian Masters, etc).

The club is located 500 meters from the historical centre of Marsala and occupies an area of about 5,000 square meters. In the immediate neighbourhood of the club there is a vast parking area for campers, cars and trailers, with all the necessary facilities.

The clubhouse has a secretary’s office, a big saloon, rooms for regatta office and jury, bar and restaurant, changing rooms with indoor and outdoor showers and toilets.

There are two big launching ramps and a single one, together with a small beach close to one of the ramps where other boats can be launched. Furthermore there are piers at sea, where RIBs and small boats can moor.

An area of the Club is dedicated to families with sun umbrellas and beach chairs.

Weather and Racing

In May the weather is usually fine, with high temperatures between 20° and 25° Celsius.

The prevailing southerly breeze is stable in daytime between 10 and 20 knots. Occasionally westerly winds blow from 8 to 25 knots.

Tidal range is minimal (30 cm) and the current is light (less than 1 knot).

The racing area is close to the Club and two trapezoid courses can easily fit in the vast area between Lilibeo Point, Aegadian Islands and the Stagnone lagoon.

Transport

Trapani Birgi international airport is just 14 km from the Club and hosts Ryanair and other low cost companies, while Palermo international airport is at a distance of 100 km.

Palermo is the main harbour in Sicily and is connected by ferries to Genoa, Civitavecchia and Napoli. Other ferries link Napoli to Trapani. Discounted fares will be available for all maritime transfers.

Accommodation

In the vicinity of the Club there are several different accommodations available (hotels, B&B, apartments).

An area adjacent to the Club will be equipped with water and electricity for campers.

Tourist attractions

circolo01 maxMarsala is famous for its internationally renowned wine, with several wineries active in the city and its neighbourhoods. Guided tours will be organised in the ancient and fascinating Cantine Florio, 3 km from the Club.

Food is a must in Sicily and all kinds of pasta, fish, meat and vegetarian dishes can be enjoyed in restaurants just a short walk from the Club.

A great number of tourist attractions is available in Marsala and less than 50 km away, like the  nice beaches and the wonderful Aegadian island (connected by hydrofoils from Marsala) and the minor islands (Mothia, San Pantaleo e Isola Lunga) in the Stagnone Lagoon, a natural reserve famous for windmills and the salt pans. 

Historical and artistic heritage is very rich, with the archaeological areas of Segesta and Selinunte and their astonishing Greek temples, the medieval town of Erice, close to Trapani (where the America’s Cup series were held in 2011 and 2013).

A very interesting and varied Ladies programmes will be organised, and all family members can easily find pleasant activities.

www.circolovelicomarsala.com

There is a facebook page here.

 

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