COMPEtitor Announcement No. 1: Melges 32 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

20 August 2018

Dear Melges 32 Competitors,

Are you ready for Cagliari? This gorgeous city and famous sailing spot is waiting for you!

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Let's start discovering Cagliari from here:

Cagliari, from 12th century Spanish callaris meaning a rocky place, is the splendid capital of Sardinia – full of fabulous historic sights, culture and beach atmosphere. But what strikes you about this friendly city is the down-to-earth island charm of the place and its people. In the warmest months, escape the heat that reflects off the limestone hills and battlements by dipping into the Cittadella museums and churches, or of course the sea at one of its nearby beaches.

Not many cities in the world have a beach as beautiful as the hidden Cala Fighera, and the extra effort to get there is worth it. East of Cagliari’s city centre, along the Traversa Calamosca road and around the headland from Il Poetto crowds, is the intimate Cala Fighera bay and La Paillotte beach bar.

Overlooking a pool and beach it’s easy to see why it’s a popular sunset hangout for Cagliaritani, as you follow a rough track from the bar to a pebbly beach with crystal-clear waters. But be prepared for a variety of natural sights, as among the macchia scrub you might surprise the occasional nudist bather.

Up on the Bastione San Remy the views over Cagliari can make you mighty thirsty; but luckily Caffè Librarium has its pedestrian area and just the right measure of night-time bar chic. Get here early though to grab yourself a place on one of the white seats or chaises lounges under palms and parasols, where you can watch owner and his skillful barmen as they shake and stir the fruity cocktails for all walks of Cagliari’s crowd. Inside there’s a room from the 1300s, where you might bump into writer Massimo Carlotto sipping his Calvados-spiked Alligator.

A visit to iconic retro-futurist tower T Hotel will introduce you to a new and artsy side of Cagliari. After you’ve checked out the cavernous lobby and the quirky gallery, head up to look back down on the enormous public space that emerges below you.

Parco della Musica opened in 2011 as the centrepiece of a cultural hub. A series of art exhibitions, concerts at Teatro Lirico, and a place to relax amid the fountains (erupting to the chimes of Händel’s Water Music) make it all very refreshing.

You’ll enjoy browsing the classic tourist souvenir shops under Cagliari’s Via Roma arcades, next to the regatta village.

But for an alternative shopping experience go to I.S.O.L.A. It’s gift shopping with Sardinian soul, a house of talent that supports over fifty local designers. I.S.O.L.A is all about promoting the immense wealth of Sardinian traditions and craft. But don’t be fooled by its worthiness – the shop is full of modern and beautiful things. Pop in and see their fascinating ceramics, ironwork, wood objects and fabrics.

Cagliari has a fantastic range of restaurants to suit every budget. Many places have good-value fixed-price menus, though it’s worth exploring some of the items not featured on these to sample more typical Sardinian specialities.

Dal Corsaro is a mainstay of Cagliari’s cuisine for generations and recent recipient of a Michelin star, this elegant place manages to be both traditional and innovative, with a talent for revisiting old recipes and pepping them up with contemporary creativity. It has a hushed, unhurried feel and professional but sometimes slow service. For a brisker, cheaper and less precious experience, there’s a separate bistro, Fork.

Da Lillicu with plain marble tables in a big, bustling room, it’s a rough-and-ready trattoria, but you can count on superlative food and plenty of atmosphere. The menu is limited to what’s fresh and in season, but you won’t go far wrong with zuppa di pesce (fish soup) or – in winter –  spaghetti ai ricci (with sea urchins) to begin, followed by a healthy portion of spigola (sea bass) or pork.

Su Cumbidu, resembling a large, rustic beer cellar with some outdoor seating, is a useful spot for a quick, authentic meal for lunch or dinner, offering up to five fixed-price menus with the accent on local meat dishes (a sister restaurant around the corner concentrates on seafood). Customers are mainly young and Italian.

Da Niu Restaurant & Cocktail Bar. This place is a gem, tucked in an ancient building on the promenade of the central Corso. Do not miss it!

If you are searching for more info, visit the town website here.

See you in Cagliari!!!!