Yesterday marked the official day of the start of the first Alpe Adria Sailing Tour 2003. After the preparations and the distribution of the boats to the teams, the day has finally arrived.
This event, which takes in the coasts of three Adriatic countries, was created by the the Se.Ri.Gi shipyard and the Dentesano hams of Percoto Udine, in order to launch the new Solaris 36 OD, designed by Marco Lostuzzi, who was just awarded the Oscar of Sailing for this project. Marco will be trying out his latest project by racing the first two weeks on the team "City of Aquileia", home of the Se.Ri.Gi shipyard.
"I hope", says Stefano Rizzi, skipper of the "Clementei boat", "that we can make this project grow, and I really believe it will have a large success in the future. In the next editions, I hope there will also be more teams, and more renowned skippers as well. I also hope that we will always continue to race with the one design boat, I think it's where the future is." Federico Dentesano explains that, "it will be the strength of each team to decipher the real talent, and not who's boat is best in this event".
The skipper of the Oracle BMW during the America's Cup 2003 Peter Holmberg tells us, "I am very excited about this new event which combines racing with touring some of the beautiful coasts of three different countries - Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia." When asked if he prefers match racing to long distance races he replies, "match racing is my primary focus, but I enjoy applying the details we perfect in short races, to the longer races offshore." To his "BMW Tomic Team", he chose to bring his right hand man, Michael Sanderson, who raced with him in the America's Cup.
Another strong team to beat is the Slovenian, Mitjia Kosmina on his "Magic Sailing Team". Mitjia has a very strong background in match racing and is favoured as he knows the Dalmatian Coast better than most teams, as it's his backyard.
One more strong team to beat may just be the last entry to our list, the region "Friuli-Venezia Giulia", this group is formed by students, and being young and studious, they look like they are in this race for a good ending result.
The route of this event follows Trieste, Muggia, Koper, Porec, Pula, Sibenik, Split, Makarska, and will end in Dubrovnik after completing 500 nautical miles.
Once the boats have docked, the sailors will have the possibility to relax and have a taste of the culture and of the typical foods thanks to the wonderful organization of the shore team. At the end of the races, there will be an awards ceremony followed by a stupendous Gala Dinner at the Revelin Castle in the old city of Dubrovnik.