Photo by Maarten Janssen
Perini Navi's flagship, Maltese Falcon, and the historical tall ship, Amerigo Vespucci, sailed together for the opening of the Salone Nautico di Genova. Together, representatives of these vessels cut the ribbon of the 52nd edition of the Salone Nautico di Genova during the opening ceremony that was held in the presence of the Italian vice-minister of Infrastructure and Transportation, Mario Ciacca.
The two largest Italian sailing ships meet for the first time during their function as guests of honour of the most important Italian boat show. Both vessels are over 80 metres, with Maltese Falcon measuring in at 88 metres and the Amerigo Vespucci at 101 meters, and represent the height of Italian sailing of yesterday and today.
The Maltese Falcon, launched by Perini Navi in 2006, is 88 metres, has 12.60 metres maximum beam, displaces 1,240 tons and has a sail plan of 2,400 square meters that comprises 15 sails. Her rigging technology is unique. Known as Dyna Rig, this system mounts three rotating, self-supporting carbon fibre masts each if which mounts five panels of square sails. This yacht and her rigging represent a quantum leap in the history of sailing technology. Thanks to innovative hydraulic systems her 2,400 square meters of sails can be manoeuvred by a single person in just six minutes. The Maltese Falcon performs well on the water and can sail at over 20 knots. She can cruise by motor at a maximum of 19 knots.
The Amerigo Vespucci was launched by the Castellamare di Stabia shipyard in 1931. She measures 101 metres including her bowsprit, and displaces 3,700 tons. She too has three masts and a sail plan that counts 24 sails for a total of 2,800 square meters. Her main mast is 54 M high and she requires a crew of 270. She is the oldest and most widely admired vessel in the Italian Navy.