One hundred and fifty superyacht captains, owners and industry professionals attended the inaugural edition of The Italian Job,  ‘three days of wellness, gastronomy and Italian lifestyle’ staged by Amico & Co at the Marina di Loano.

The event, set in the surroundings of the Ligurian Riviera, welcomed attendees to the relatively new marina, which is a shining example of how impressive superyacht marinas can be.

The weekend began on Friday evening with cocktails inside the Yacht Club Marina di Loano, and was followed by a wonderful dinner at the marina’s Zeffirino Restaurant. Head chef Marco Zeffirino Belloni had carefully selected local delicacies for a traditional feast of multiple courses.

Saturday signalled the main event of the weekend – the golf tournament at nearby Garlenda Golf Club, with a class on offer for those not predisposed to golf. Perfect golfing conditions ensured that competition was fierce and scores low, with the weather so favourable that even SuperyachtNews.com was able to shoot a reasonably solid round.




There were lessons available for those not taking part in the tournament.

The party returned to Marina di Loano for drinks, staged by Navimeteo, followed by a special prizegiving dinner during which the day’s best golfers were honoured.

The winners of the tournament were the team of Captain John Fleickenstein, Captain Michael Lovely, Captain David Farmery and Captain Luca Triggiani.


The winning team.

Amico’s president, Alberto Amico and his team of Captain David Morrison, Captain James Wood and Lawrence Miller, could only finish second. And third place went to Captain Anders Lauridsen, Verner Lauridsen, Mario Filippi and Renato Viacava.


Alberto Amico (right) with Marco Zeffirino.

There was also a prize for the day’s best putters – Luciana Battaglia in the women’s category and Edwin Cras in the men’s category.

During his presentation at the awards dinner Mr Amico explained that this type of event helps to achieve the difficult task of bringing Italian companies together in person. “We have managed to bring lots of companies together and this has been about teamwork. The Italian Job [exemplifies] the spirit that we share with our industry partners”, he explained.

Luigi Spiaggi, whose organisation Mansueto Group was among the technical sponsors, added that the event was the first of many and that the plan is to grow the size and scale of it in the coming years.


Luigi Spiaggi is looking forward to bigger and better editions of the event.

The weekend drew to a close on Sunday with a day of spa treatments, at both the yacht club and Grand Hotel Alassio, which had hosted many of the guests alongside La Meridiana Relais and Chanteux. And to conclude everyone reassembled at the marina for a buffet lunch at Zeffirino.

The event’s technical sponsors were Mansueto Marine, Peninsula Petroleum, Sat@Sea and Team Italia.