Serle Laghi 1923, a project by Ferdinando Tatoni and Alessandro Volpi.
The plate 1L indicates the boats registered on Lake Como, called precisely Primo Lago, which translates First Lake. This boat belonged to countess Donna Carlangela Durini from Monza, and it was donated to the Barca Lariana Museum by her daughter Rita Ajmone-Cat, along with the plates and medals won by her beloved mother in the 1920s during the races on Lake Como organised by the Regio Elice Club Italiano.
Carlangela Durini married Mario Ajmone-Cat, the Republic of Italy’s first Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Italian Air Force. Their son Giovanni, born in Rome in 1934, was the first Italian navigator to conclude two Antarctic expeditions on board an auxiliary sailing-ship outfitted with a lateen sail, the San Giuseppe II, which had an entirely Italian conception and construction.
Giovanni had learned the fundamentals of sailing right here on Lake Como, where he learned to sail in a little boat in 1923, perhaps precisely on board this Lake Series that belonged to his mother Carlangela.
Serie Laghi is exhibited in the Reception Hall of the Museum
Access to the boat documentation click HERE
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