The 15th edition of the SIAD Trophy, the now ‘classic’ boat race dedicated to 12ft Dinghies, was held recently in the Gulf of Portofino, Italy.

The event, organised by Bergamo-based multinational SIAD – a leader in the production of technical and special gases - in collaboration with Yacht Club Italiano, attracts a number of fans each year and is now regarded as a ‘classic’ of the Italian sailing season.

This year’s SIAD Trophy took place on 20th May in Portofino, on the Italian Riviera.

The SIAD trophy is the offshoot of SIAD Chairman Roberto Sestini’s passion for the sea and his avowed intention of linking the still pristine world of sailing with the image of his company – constantly engaged in researching and adopting new environment-friendly technologies and services, but also in supporting social and cultural initiatives.

According to Sestini, “The idea of the SIAD Trophy was born in the autumn of 1994, the year in which sailing became a big business, with large crews, big boats and considerable financial means.”

“We thought about the Dinghy, a small boat of International Class that had participated in the Olympics, with an event-packed history but also with very particular sailing characteristics, in its way difficult and technical, low cost, easy to transport, which asks for great passion to be set up properly.”

This year, the SIAD Trophy maintained its promise of being a challenging race that requires both training and technical skill and offers an opportunity to share experiences and strong emotions, a characteristic mix of sportsmanship and the pleasure of sailing with friends. In fact, the regatta is not simply a sports event but an opportunity for SIAD to meet friends and company customers in addition to the shareholders of other group companies from all over the world, the company claims.