Oct: Venice Hospitality Challenge, Sailing Competition

by Giulia Minero
Venice Hospitality Challenge


The annual Venice Hospitality Challenge is an important sailing contest held in October in Saint Mark’s Basin involving large-size yachts and conjuring up luxury, yachting and lifestyle. Born in 2013 form an initiative by Venetian Mirko Sguario, this one-of-a-kind event grew up year after year, becoming a real celebration of the Serenissima and its splendour.
12 teams, representing some of the most well-known hotels in the city, including The Gritti, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Excelsior Venice and more, plus other important hotels from the nearby cities are the protagonists of the challenge, lead by famous skippers through Saint Mark’s Basin to Zattere and then back to the start to win the award of best Hospitality team.
A thirteenth boat, currently known as ‘Moro di Venezia America’s Cup’ battling for the city of Venice challenges the other maxi yachts – each one of a minimum lenght of 60-feet – to win the eagerly awaited glass Doge’s hat created for the occasion by the historical Barovier & Toso glass manufacture, one of the eldest laboratories in Venice.

Participation to the competition as a spectator is free of charge.

The event is traditionally held in October. The start is currently set around 1.30pm  and ends at 4.30pm.

The competition starts at Saint Mark’s Basin and the Lido, crossing Sant’Elena and the Giudecca island.


Check this year’s edition of Venice Hospitality Challenge

4th Venice Hospitality Challenge – October 2017