From 14-16 October, Italy’s Ligurian Riviera played host to the fourth edition of The Italian Job, hosted by Amico & Co in partnership with Pesto Sea Group. Dedicated to captains, superyacht managers and various other industry professionals and their families, The Italian Job provided a serene backdrop for delegates to relax, network and enjoy themselves. Just under 300 delegates participated in a weekend of golf, tennis, go karting, spa treatments and receptions, mixing business and pleasure in which ever order they saw fit.
“Over the last four years, The Italian Job has gone from strength to strength and we constantly receive positive feedback from our guests,” explains Alberto Amico, CEO of Amico & Co. “This is a unique opportunity for constructive dialogue with industry decision-makers and a stunning showcase of the excellence that Liguria and Italy can offer in terms of territory, industry and services.”
On Friday 14th the event started at the Grand Hotel di Alassio with a welcome buffet, drinks reception and cocktail contest to kick start the weekends competitions. Delegates were invited to enter their names and impress a jury of four judges with a classic cocktail or a concoction of their own invention – results varied from the weak to the strong and from the beautiful to the not-quite-so-beautiful.
On day two the delegates participated in their chosen activities, with awards presented to those that excelled. “All the usual sports activities were on offer, such as golf, tennis and go-karting, plus there were moments for leisure and relaxation and for widening our knowledge of technical issues connected to superyacht operations in Italy, with the help of RINA and Nautica Italiana,” continues Amico. Golf was played at the beautiful Garlenda Golf Club, tennis at Hanbury Tennis Club and the first Italian Job GP in Arma di Taggia.
Alongside Amico, Lorenzo Pollicardo, the general secretary of Nautica Italiana, held an informal “Cruising in Italy: surfing the redtape” seminar in which they issued a call to arms for all those engaged in yachting in Italy to work with Nautica Italiana and tackle the problem of bureaucracy, as well as support the Italian market as a whole. The day concluded with a beautiful Gala dinner and prize giving, complete with a catwalk show with diamonds by Natoli, at La Meridiana Relais.
Special thanks to Amico & Co and Pesto Sea Group for hosting such an enjoyable event, as well as Alewijnse, Boero Yacht Coatings, Cambiaso Risso, CnSat, FemoBunker, Porto Mirabello and Sat@Sea as technical sponsors and The Superyacht Group as media sponsor.