At the E-Regatta 2021 Venice Boat Show, an international show in electric navigation

E-Regatta, an international event born of an idea by Kevin Desmond, which aims to promote electric navigation on various fronts, begins during the second edition of the Venice Boat Show.

From 2 to 4 June, within the framework of the Venice Arsenal, it will be organized by a committee composed of Asonautica di Venezia, Associazione Motonautica Venezia, Venice Agenda 2028, Inland Waterways International, Venti di Cultura, in collaboration with Triumph Group International, Vela and . FIM (Italian Power Boating Federation). An opportunity to place innovation and sustainability by promoting the ecological transition from petrol / diesel engines to electric and hybrid propulsion boats.

21 boats will compete in this first edition of e-Regatta in Venice with 5 foreign participants: Vita Yacht from Germany Torquedo, United Kingdom, and Slovenia E’Din, from Hovercraft Dio and Green Line Yacht. From Italy outside the region we have La Bruna which passes through the town of Monopoli in Puglia, Lake Como Ernesto Reva and Cantier Materi, Transluid from Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna companies Radius and Anavera. From Venetian Laguna Tresporti, CCMPAEA, Cantieri Biasin, Cantier San Pietro di Castello, Cantier Motonautico Veneziano and Classic Boat Venice. Other European countries, along with the United States, Canada and Singapore, will host the race in their home country and the decision will later be made via video to be sent to the technical committee by 1 September.

List of regatta divided by categories
-E-regatina up to 4 meters
-E-regatta 4.01 to 9 m. By
-E-master regatta over 9 meters
Subgroups according to the type of propulsion adopted are:
-B Battery
-H Hybrid
-S Solar

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Program schedule
The event, which will last for three days, will begin with a parade with all participants in the San Marco Basin and Grand Canal on June 2, but will also be open to individuals and officials, with departures and return to the armory.

On day two, the slalom and ballerina trials will take place at Arsenal’s large dock, a completely new technical / artistic format that will see the boats challenge each other in a mobility test for the rhythm of the music, while in the afternoon we head to the lagoon, where The sprint race will begin at the Santo Spirito Canal, starting at San Clemente Island, a speed race at a distance of 500 meters.

The third day will be devoted to the duration of the boats involved and the most demanding test of autonomy, followed by Regatta’s award ceremony – the Venice Boat Show Trophy – and a conference on the topic: toward ecological transition. All boats will be anchored in the e-village inside the Venice Boat Show. The committee donates entries for the race to an association that will provide navigation services to people with disabilities on boats designed and built specifically with zero impact in Venice, which reduce wave speeds and which are electrically driven , Called BEPI (Electric Boat for all Italian). .

BEPI Project: Electric Boats for All Italian
Within the e-regatta program, the BEPI (Electric Boat for All Italian) project will be presented, a boat designed to facilitate people suffering from mobility problems that offer cultural tours of Venice with a navigation experience in the lagoon Represents an opportunity to integrate. , Also aimed at small groups of people with limited mobility. BEPI reverses the traditional view on the issue of access, in fact, not only architectural barriers will be overcome, but also psychological.

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The shipyard project, which will go into the water for the next season, will be truly complex and accessible without expensive equipment, keeping all guests at the same level.
The innovative and asymmetrical design will allow ancillary access to all from both the floating dock and the Venetian banks. In addition, multihull configuration and electric motorization will reduce waves and pollution. The open cover and large living area will allow easy and pleasant transport of people and wheelchairs.

Thus costing would be an extraordinary opportunity to meet and explore the beaten track, as the Venice Lagoon can only offer the most attentive visitors.
The Venice Boat Show is promoted by the Municipality of Venice and realized through the company Vella Spa in collaboration with the Italian Navy. Partners of the event are key companies such as Annie, Intesa Sanpolo, Generali, Consorzio Prosecco DOC and Venice and the Rovigo Chamber of Commerce. Mol Arbana, e-concept and ABB technical partner.

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