Voglia di Vela: PTC Partners with Student Sailors for Italy’s 1001 VELA Cup

Everything is ready for the ninth annual 1001 Vela Cup, an educational program and sailboat race conceived and organized by yacht designers Massimo Paperini and Paul Procesi in 2005

This year the race is being held in Rimini, Italy. A collaboration between the Club Nautico Rimini and the city, the event will take place September 17 to 20. As in previous years, students from universities across the country will race boats they’ve designed using unique innovative technologies

Fifteen skiffs, boats designed and built according to the contest guidelines, will participate in the three days of racing, filling the body of water adjacent to the Club Nautico Rimini with student spirit and healthy competition.

Organizers say that entries from new schools are coming this year and they also expect foreign delegations to arrive as “observers,” in order to assess the potential of carrying out similar projects in their own countries.

Throughout the year, designers have been excited about another participant: PTC Creo. A partnership begun last year with the multinational PTC company and has proven an important step in building a bridge between universities and business.

In fact, we have just learned that the event will include a competition for the design of a day sailer (a small sailboat with or without sleeping accommodations but which is larger than a dinghy), which students can enter as individuals or groups, and which provides for the exclusive use of PTC Creo software, distributed in Italy by Softech.