Barcolana regatta

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The Barcolana regatta or more correctly Autumn Cup (Coppa d'Autunno), named after the village of Barcola, is a historical European sailing race born in 1969 thanks to the Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano of Trieste. It takes place annually in the Gulf of Trieste, every second Sunday in October and is one of the largest sailing races in the world with over 2000 participants.

NASA satellite image of the Gulf of Trieste
Start of the 38th Barcolana
Sailing the first side of the route during the 41st Barcolana

The Race[edit]

The race consists in a four-sided route with fixed beacons, one of them symbolically floating in the waters of Slovenia. The total distance to cover is about 16 NM.

The minimum boat length to join the regatta is 6 metres (19 feet 8 inches): all kind of monohull sailboats can participate - this led to one of the most heterogeneous regattas of the Mediterranean, in which sailing beginners or enthusiasts are on the same start line as professional racing teams with their 100-foot sailboats.


Boats on the horizon, seen from Karst during the 2008 Cup

During the first 20 races, the winners were mostly sailors coming from local Yacht Clubs, but later it started becoming an international event, involving Yacht Clubs from all over the world including the adjacent Slovenia and Croatia, and even Australia, with outstanding skippers such as Neville Crichton, Mitja Kosmina, Lorenzo Bressani.

At the first edition, in 1969, there were just 51 boats at the start line, which was a lot, considering the total number of sailboats in Trieste at that time. During the ten years after the first regatta, the cup was contended between Trieste's yacht clubs, including Società Triestina della Vela, Yacht Club Adriaco, and the promoter Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano. The first non-Italian victory came in 1980 with Rupe from Munich, bringing international interest to the Autumn Cup.

Until now, it has been the world's regatta with the higher number of participants: almost 25000 sailors and a total number of people involved in the event reaching about 250000.

The best views (or at least the most expansive) are from the Trieste Karst above the city.

Walk of Fame[edit]

Edition Sailboat Skipper Club
1969 Betelgeuse Napp STV
1970 Marie Pesle YCA
1971 Carla Sigovich Garda
1972 Sandra Toffaloni YCA
1973 Vento di mare Rizzi STV
1974 Kaiten Zalukar SVBG
1975 El Raguseo Colonna STV
1976 El Raguseo Colonna STV
1977 Papillon Drioli YCA
1978 El Cid Bartoli-Zago STV
1979 El Cid Bartoli-Zago STV
1980 Rupe Hoffmeister-Stadler YC Monaco
1981 White Shadow Drioli SVBG
1982 Condor Battiston YCL
1983 White Shadow Drioli SVBG
1984 Condornonsisamai Becchetti YCL
1985 Blue Eyed Princess Bardelli SVBG
1986 La Fenice di Venezia Venerucci CNC
1987 Il Moro di Venezia Ferruzzi-Nava Ravenna
1988 Uragan Battiston YCL
1989 Il Moro di Venezia 2 Ferruzzi-Nava Ravenna
1990 Fanatic Zizala-Battiston YCL
1991 Satanasso Calbre Gaburri-Poli ANS
1992 Il Moro di Venezia Ferruzzi-Chieffi YCI
1993 Fanatic Zizala-Battiston YCL
1994 Fanatic Zizala-Puh YCL
1995 Gaia Legend Kosmina YCJK
1996 Gaia Legend Kosmina YCJK
1997 Gaia Legend Kosmina YCJK
1998 Riviera di Rimini Benvenuti-Cian CV Rimini
1999 @DRIACOM Cilenti CDV Pd
2000 @DRIACOM Cilenti CDV Pd
2001 Cometa Pfizer-Favini CVMM
2002 Uniflair Cilenti-Bressani CVV
2003 Alfa Romeo Neville Crichton Cruising Yacht Club Australia
2004 Alfa Romeo Neville Crichton Cruising Yacht Club Australia
2005 Trieste Provincia di[1] Lorenzo Bressani
2006 Alfa Romeo 2 Neville Crichton Cruising Yacht Club Australia
2007 Alfa Romeo 2 Neville Crichton Cruising Yacht Club Australia
2008 Alfa Romeo 2 Neville Crichton Cruising Yacht Club Australia
2009 Maxi Jena Mitja Kosmina Jahtni Klub
2010 Esimit Europa 2 Igor Simčič
2011 Esimit Europa 2 Igor Simčič
2012 Esimit Europa 2 Jochen Schümann Yacht Club de Monaco
2013 Esimit Europa 2 Jochen Schümann Yacht Club de Monaco


  1. ^ Name used by Skandia, the boat that in 2003 won the Sydney-Hobart regatta in Australia

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