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10 October 2003, 09:51 am
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2003 Barcolana and Fincantieri Cup

Registrations have reached 1327, for the great sailing festival Barcolana, the 35th edition of the world's most crowded race, which will be held in Trieste on Sunday 12 October, and which will bring to Trieste more than 250 thousand sailors and spectators
Sunday will probably be characterised by good weather - according to weather forecast mathematical models - with East wind and then north-east Bora breeze, enabling the incomparable view of two thousand spinnakers at the start in the small Gulf of Trieste, along a starting line stretching for over three kilometres, where one of the protagonists will be New Zealand's millionaire and ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year nominee, Neville CRICHTON, at the helm of his 90 feet Alfa Romeo (tactics by Trieste's Lorenzo BRESSANI, winner of the 2002 edition of the race), already in town. Brad BUTTERWORTH, Alinghi tactitian, will be on board of Alfa Romeo. The boat La Fenice, a boat of 22 meters will host the Croatian soccer player Zvonimir BOBAN

The long eve of the Barcolana - four days of events and sport involving the whole of Trieste, from yesterday until Sunday - has seen the social world as protagonist. In the afternoon, the boat "Mad for Sailing" berthed in Trieste: Progetto Italia boat left Genoa about three weeks ago with a group of mentally disabled people with doctors and nurses and sailed around Italy to reach Trieste and participate in the Barcolana, on Sunday with Giovanni SOLDINI on board. "These seafarers - declared the president of the Svbg, Mauro PARLADORI - have already won their Barcolana, and we are very proud for their presence. An important enterprise". Today a special crew trained in the Gulf of Trieste, consisting of the Ericsson boat sailors with twelve children on board coming from different East-European countries, hosted in Trieste by Fondazione Lucchetta, Ota, d'Angelo Hrovatin for children, victims of all wars.

Fincantieri Cup : Potokar Holds The Lead Ahead Of Benussi And Casale

Yesterday started - with inconstant wind, which delayed the start of a couple of hours - the Fincantieri Cup regatta organised by Promo Sail with the Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano and the Yacht Club Adriaco with the partnership of Fincantieri, Tamoil and AEG. Ten teams racing on board of 10 fast Solaris 36 monotype.
Two races were held in the Gulf this afternoon with 5 knots north-west wind. The first event was won by Trieste's Furio BENUSSI ahead of Slovenia's Samo POTOKAR and another local sailor, Marco AUGELLI. Genoa's Andrea CASALE ranked fourth while the new 470 world champions and ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year nominees, Gabrio ZANDONÀ and Andrea TRANI (from Trieste as well), came in fifth.

The second race was entertaining and it was characterised by various protests therefore standings are still provisional. The Jury is still reunited and only later in the evening decisions will be announced, however, Samo POTOKAR won ahead of Andrea CASALE and Furio BENUSSI.

The provisional standing list is headed by Slkovenia's POTOKAR ahead of Benussi and Casale. Todays other races will take place from 10.30 (local time).

In the afternoon the sailing fair along the waterfront of Trieste was officially opened, with the task to enliven the shore-based Barcolana festival. Organised by the Trieste Fair in collaboration with Promo Sail, the Barcolana Sailing Show accommodates 129 stands of products and services strictly linked to the sailing world. At the opening ceremony, which took place at the Stazione Marittima of Trieste, there were the main authorities of the city and the heads of the Italian Sailing Federation (Fiv), which is participating in the event for the first time. The presence of FIV - which displays at the same time at the Barcolana Sailing Show and at the International Boat Show of Genoa, promoting the new federal boat for the sailing school - is the proof of the event's value which counts on the spectators of the Barcolana: about 250 thousand people in four days. "This year - declared the External Administrator of the Trieste Fair, Riccardo NOVACCO - the Barcolana Sailing Show was characterized by an important change provided by the presence of shipyards displaying new prototypes, the Fiv and a vital economic fabric rich in new ideas linked to boating". The aim of the Trieste Fair is that of consolidating the event also thanks to the movement of the Fair in the Old Port area of the city providing wide open spaces overlooking the sea which will be developed over the next two years.

Event Media (As Amended by ISAF Secretariat)
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