Yacht designer German Frers honored at event in Italy

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German Frers (at right) addresses the crowd at MonteNapoleone Yacht Club.

German Frers (at right) addresses the crowd at MonteNapoleone Yacht Club.

Argentine yacht designer German Frers was honored earlier this month at the third edition of an event known as MonteNapoleone Yacht Club in an exhibition dedicated to his life’s work.

Curated by Antonio Vettese, the exhibition, titled “German Frers, A Life For Yacht Design,” traced the main stages of Frers’ career as one of the most respected sailboat designers in the world.

The victories his designs have won include the Louis Vuitton Cup with Luna Rossa. The Moro di Venezia challenged for the America’s Cup 25 years ago in San Diego.

“When you go out to sea in your country, you should be more free,” Frers said in a statement. “There are situations in which only a life vest is necessary to face the sea without losing the sense of joy it gives the relationship with nature.”

This was the third edition of the MonteNapoleone Yacht Club, which was sponsored by the municipality of Milan. The May 15-21 week of events was dedicated to luxury yachting and included 31 shipyards hosting many well-known brands in fashion and jewelry.

Partners included Audi, which displayed an R8 Spyder, Banca del Fucino Private Banking, Nautica Italiana, Porto Mirabello, Valcucine, Valverde and RMC Radio Monte Carlo with institutional partner the Borsa Italiana.

The gala dinner for MonteNapoleone Yacht Club was held at the Palazzo Borromeo d’Adda in Milan.

The gala dinner for MonteNapoleone Yacht Club was held at the Palazzo Borromeo d’Adda in Milan.

A roundtable at the gala was titled “The excellence of the sailing industry and tourism, patrimony and instrument for the development of Made in Italy.”

It was moderated by Daniele Manca, the deputy director of Corriere della Sera, and the participants included Guglielmo Miana, president of Montenapoleone District; Maurizio Balducci, vice president of UCINA Confindustria Nautica; Lamberto Tacoli, president of Nautica Italiana; shipowner and lawyer Salvatore Trifiro; and maritime lawyer Giandomenico Boglione.

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