Chasing the Dream Ep1: Offshore Sailboat Racing with Italia Yachts

August 5, 2021

Chasing the Dream tells the story and shares the experience of individuals with their sights set on achieving remarkable dreams. In this first series, we follow along with the crews of two Italia Yachts, ARTEMIS, and VICHINGO, as they prepare to compete in two of the most iconic sailing races in the world. This six-part video series, professionally produced by 410 Films in Annapolis, will take you behind the scenes and into the cockpit of both sailing yachts as they plan, prepare, and compete.


The Annapolis to Newport Race, or A2N as it’s commonly known, is one of the most historic and well-known blue water sailboat races in the United States. A bucket-list sailing race for many, this is one of the most prestigious sailing events in the US. A destination to a destination event, linking landmark towns, is a diverse and challenging offshore race. Sailors navigate their yachts over 475 miles through the fickle waters of the Chesapeake, then a long stretch in the open ocean before arriving on the rocky shores of New England.


Hosted annually by the Chicago Yacht Club, the Race to Mackinac has become somewhat of an allure to sailors locally and worldwide. It is undoubtedly one of the top races for many. Stretching out over 333 miles of open water, the race is widely known for its unpredictable weather, challenging conditions, and massive storm systems that can develop out of nowhere.

More than a year in the planning phase and a lifetime dream for many, Chasing the Dream will take you through the process of competing in these two legendary sailing races from start to finish and beyond. Follow along with the series on the @David Walters Yachts YouTube channel.


Raised on the water and born with a spirit for competition, Jeff Kennedy, the owner of ARTEMIS, shares the story of how he came into the sport of offshore sailing. Having competed in numerous bluewater sailing events in his life, this will be the first time Jeff competes in the iconic Annapolis to Newport Race as owner.

Alongside ARTEMIS, Team VICHINGO, led by Erik Haaland and Josh McLean from David Walters Yachts, is preparing to take their Italia Yachts 9.98 from the brackish waters of the Chesapeake Bay to the freshwater of the Great Lakes for the 112th Chicago to Mackinac Race, the longest freshwater sailing race in the world.


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