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Strol­ling along the Ver­si­lia Ya­ch­ting Ren­dez-vous area, the fee­ling per­cei­ved is in mo­re ways than one si­mi­lar to the one per­cei­ved at the Mo­na­co Ya­cht Show. Yes, they’re two even­ts that ba­sed on a fir­st im­pres­sion would seem scar­ce­ly com­pa­ra­ble. The Mo­na­co one held in Port Her­cu­le at­trac­ts shi­pyards from all over the world and has by now col­lec­ted a long­stan­ding tra­di­tion, whi­le the one in Tu­sca­ny is on­ly at its se­cond edi­tion and its ran­king in the in­ter­na­tio­nal Ya­cht Show sce­ne is still to be de­fi­ned whi­le pos­ses­sing am­ple mar­gins in whi­ch to grow. And yet com­pa­ring them is not so ra­sh. For the ya­ch­ting world, bo­th the­se ve­nues re­pre­sent the ya­ch­ting eli­te in their own spe­cial ways. Mo­na­co, for its li­fe­sty­le whi­ch at­trac­ts mu­ch of the jet-set and is still a ‘mu­st see, be seen’ pla­ce whe­re at lea­st on­ce in a life ti­me all ya­cht ow­ners want to sail in­to and be part of lu­xu­ry ya­ch­ting’s eli­te. Viareggio, wi­th its fa­mous via Cop­pi­no is whe­re ya­ch­ting be­gan in Ita­ly, for sco­res of years it has been HQ to ma­ny a shi­pyard that has laun­ched ya­ch­ting in this won­der­ful area wi­th so­me tru­ly ma­gni­fi­cent ya­ch­ts that to­day their proud ow­ners ber­th in Mo­na­co’s Port Her­cu­le. Fur­ther­mo­re, bo­th even­ts of­fer b2b pos­si­bi­li­ties and are two con­si­de­ra­ble show ca­ses for lar­ge ya­cht shi­pyards and ow­ners, that count on and are bac­ked up, by an or­ga­ni­za­tion whi­ch clear­ly mee­ts their expectations. Na­tu­ral­ly the­re are so­me who will ob­ject to the num­ber of vi­si­tors pre­sent at the Ver­si­lia Ya­ch­ting Ren­dez-vous but, as we’ve al­rea­dy said in the edi­to­rial of Nau­ti­ca’s May edi­tion, it is not so mu­ch the quan­ti­ty that ma­kes the dif­fe­ren­ce but the qua­li­ty. Pao­lo Son­ni­no So­ri­sio

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