The Circolo della Vela Sicilia

The Circolo della Vela Sicilia, established in 1933, is one of the oldest and most prestigious sailing clubs in the Mediterranean.

The opening regatta, which was held a few months after the club was established, saw the participation of Alfonso XIII, the King of Spain, on board his yacht “Hispania VII” and many distinguished European personalities frequented, as they still do, the club’s enchanting and elegant clubhouse in Mondello, a few kilometres from central Palermo.
Over the years, numerous club members stood out thanks to their sporting performance in various classes, amongst them Enrico Ducrot, Luigi Airoldi, Giuseppe Tasca d’Almerita, Alessandro La Lomia and Agostino Randazzo, the current Commodore.

In its long history, the Circolo della Vela Sicilia hosted several prestigious Italian and international regattas. In particular, the European Championships of the Star and J24 classes, the Absolute Italian Championships of the Olympic classes and, since 2005, the offshore race "Palermo - Monte Carlo," which has become a "classic" Mediterranean summer regatta. In 2011, the Circolo della Vela Sicilia entered the elite of the sailing world by challenging for the 34th America's Cup with team Luna Rossa who, racing under the burgee of Palermo’s yacht club, reached the final of the Louis Vuitton Cup.

Great Sound of Bermuda, 26th June, 2017 – “The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron is pleased to announce that it has accepted a challenge from Circolo della Vela Sicilia which was received immediately upon the victory of Emirates Team New Zealand in the last race of the 36th America's Cup. As the first challenger, CVS will be the Challenger of Record for the 36th America's Cup and its representative team will be Luna Rossa Challenge. The 36th America’s Cup will be open to further challengers from any organized Yacht Club of a foreign country under conditions to be announced in due course. The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the team representing it, Emirates Team New Zealand, both commit to cooperate with the Circolo della Vela Sicilia e Luna Rossa to convey a new slant to the event, that will bring together innovation and the traditional values  of the Cup.”

The Commodore of the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, Agostino Randazzo, stated: "Being chosen again by team Luna Rossa as yacht club challenger for the 35th America's Cup is important recognition that honours not only our yacht club but the whole Sicilian sailing community. Team Luna Rossa is one of the most beloved sports teams in Italy and is certainly one of the most prestigious and emulated. As we have seen in the past, this will help to promote sailing in our region and, in this edition, the Circolo della Vela Sicilia will again support and accompany team Luna Rossa with great enthusiasm. On behalf of all the yacht club members, I wish to express our sincere gratitude to Patrizio Bertelli for having chosen the Circolo della Vela Sicilia once again for this role.“