Alfa Wins Another - Light Wind Barcolana
1982 sailing boats, 24 thousand sailors and 250 thousand people on-shore, saw Alfa Romeo, with New Zealand's Neville CRICHTON at the helm, tactics by Brad BUTTERWORTH and Lorenzo BRESSANI, as local expert take victory in the 2003 Event.
Mitja KOSMINA finished second, at the helm of Magic Jena, after a wonderful start, and after holding the lead in the first two miles of the race, Slovenia's sailor ran into a wind hole and fell behind giving the way to Alfa Romeo, which took the lead and held it until the end of the race thanks to a perfect strategy and to the advantage gained when the wind died down.
A slow race was characterised by a very light south-east breeze, pitilessly varying from zero to three knots and reaching six knots only a few times, straining the teams' concentration. Nevertheless it has been the great festival of Trieste, which will end only late tonight.
Neville Crichton On The Victory Of Alfa Romeo
"The arrival on the finish line of Barcolana 35 has been the most disarming and warm victory I have ever gained in Europe. Such a warm and welcoming atmosphere reminded me of the victory in the Sidney-Hobart race in my home country: I didn't think I would find here such a great support for Alfa Romeo. This is my 60th win gained over less than 10 months and it couldn't have been better. It was a technical and tactic race and it proved again that Alfa Romeo is able to win on the Oceans and on seas where there is almost no wind. The experience of participating in a race with two thousand boats has been wonderful and it exceeded my expectations: I wish I could experience such a great emotion again. Thank you Barcolana".
Full results are available on the event website at the address below.