Piada Paradise – Talamone Edition
By Michelle Morphew
Heaven and paradise were two words we used frequently on the boat as we absorbed the spectacular venue and top-level competition. After years of dreaming, I’ve finally sailed the Piada. For those of you still dreaming, I would highly recommend it!
This year’s Piada was sailed in Talamone, where the wind ranged from perfect to just enough and gorgeous azure water reflected a deep turquoise with the richness of a cobalt blue. Add a few waves and bright sunny skies and it was truly heavenly. While the scenery was mesmerizing, it was important to stay focused amidst wind shifts and top-level competitors from Italy and abroad. The regatta report gives a good picture of the mix of both World and Italian champions on the water, competing in the true Snipe spirit of serious sailing and serious fun.
In this paradise, amazing summer food was also easy to find. While there were no power/energy bars (if you must have them, bring them), steps from the boat ramp there was a cornucopia of fresh fruit available from local farms every morning including apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums. The fruit was the closest thing to home-grown I’ve tasted since I since I could pick them off our trees in San Diego! Coming off the water we were greeted with piles of delicious watermelon and a few steps away a shop sold fantastic handmade gelato, where as an added bonus they didn’t mind if you showed up straight from the boat ramp. With these kinds of treats, you can just imagine the meals.
Our hosts from the Talamone sailing club and Snipe Italia were also wonderful, making it a fun and welcoming regatta for international sailors. This year we had boats from Brazil, the US, and Norway. Next year I hope to see even more flags flying to welcome competitors to a truly special regatta on the international circuit.