A whole week of adverse weather conditions has prevented hundreds of boats from reaching Trieste. They are coming from the central and southern Adriatic area. Despite the weather the number of participants is now 1640 which goes beyond the organizer's expectations and confirms once again the enthusiasm for this event. The Barcolana continues to be the most crowded regatta in the world.
Tomorrow's weather forecast, according to the most reliable experts is as follows: the wind will calm down from the early morning. Tomorrow morning at 7.30 the heads of the Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano and the Sailing Race Committee will meet to decide the start of the race according to the weather, in compliance with the Notice of Race. Three solutions are possible: allow regular start to all participants at 10.00, or exclude smaller boats, Passere class, from the race. In case of unfavourable weather conditions the Race Committee could even decide to postpone the start, a few hours later. The Svbg reminds captains that they are the only responsible for deciding whether they are going to participate or continue the race.
All communications will be broadcast on channel 9 vhf and official radio channels Radio Punto Zero (Fm 101.1 - 101.3 - 101.5 Mhz) and Radio Attività (Fm 97.5 - 97.9 - 97.0 - 98.3 Mhz).
Battiston Tries Again At The Helm Of Southern Star
He is the victory recordman at the Barcolana, five times first at the finish line in Barcola ('82, '88, '90, '93, '94), but he is one of the most famous Friulian sailors, able to race and win in the Adriatic aboard of the most different 'Open' class yachts, from Condor to Uragan, and the most recent Fanatic. 'Checco' BATTISTON will be once again at the start of the 37th Barcolana, among the 2000 boats ready to compete.
This year Checco BATTISTON, the recordman of the Barcolana who has clinched five victories ('82, '88, '90, '93, '94), will be at the helm of Southern Star, a fast 78 ft yacht. An excellent yacht which, however, will have a hard time competing with the super-maxi newcomers, but if we just talk about a sea festival for this edition, Battiston does not agree at all: 'we will do our best - says BATTISTON - even if now the Barcolana is a race in which the size of the boat counts more than its crew'. BATTISTON was polemic but just recalled the competitions of the past 'until a few years ago - he recalls - many boats used to fight for the final victory, preparation was very precise, we wasted hours to improve any detail of the boat in order to gain even a tenth of a second. Then came the super-maxis and they are at the lead now. We old sailors haven't lost our competitive spirit and, despite we have no chance to win, we'll always have our usual racing enthusiasm'.
Giovanni SOLDINI… 'Mad About Sailing'
The solitary sailor Giovanni SOLDINI joins again 'Mad about Sailing' initiative. Mad about Sailing was created in 1998 between a group of volunteer health service officials and professional skippers, who are involved in the treatment of patients affected by various types of mental illness. Patients followed by a team of nurses, volunteers and professional sailors will be aboard.
'Participating for the second time in the Barcolana with this crew - said SOLDINI - is a unique enriching experience and I'm happy to do it again this year'.
Gino STRADA Racing With 'Emergency'
Gino STRADA, the surgeon from Milan, founder of 'Emergency', will participate in the 37th Barcolana, the regatta with the highest number of participants in the world (listed in the Guinness World Records since 1998), where more than a thousand sailing boats start from the same startline, without separation between classes, style or skill. The race takes place punctually every year on the second Sunday of October, organized by the Società Velica Barcola Grignano. The Association will participate with the minitransat 'A sail for Peace', named after the charitable initiative that the group is carrying out in Sudan: 'We are participating in the Barcolana with the aim of bringing a message of peace and solidarity' - said Gino STRADA, on the phone today. 'Our objective is to obtain the greatest support possible for the project we are carrying out at the Heart Surgery Centre of Khartoum. In this way the level of medical and surgical assistance in Africa could make some steps forward'.
Mixed Crew For Verona's Ourdream
After dominating most of the maxi yachts circuit of the Mediterranean, winning the Trofeo Pirelli, Trofeo Zegna, and 3 Golfi of Capri, Ourdream (85 ft) wants to end the season with a flourish: a great performance at the Barcolana. For tomorrow's race, the 'Damiani' sponsored team will be at the start line with a crew consisting of professional sailors and boat owners. At the helm Nicola CELON (Olympic athlete in Sidney with Trieste's Michele PAOLETTI), manoeuvres at the bow will be carried out by expert Sergio Blosi while Massimo DE LUCA will be at the main sail. 'You have to take part in the Barcolana with the right spirit - said CELON - we'll try to compete for the first places even if Trieste, Provincia di… and Maxi Jena are larger vessels with a fully professional team'.