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We are sailing: Hundreds of yachts take to the sea for annual regatta off coast of Italy

  • Around 2,000 boats and 100,000 people took part in this year’s regatta
  • The race started as a local competition between 51 boats in 1969
  • It is now the most crowded sailing event in the Mediterranean and one of the busiest in the world

Chris Pleasance

10:18 EST, 13 October 2013


11:15 EST, 13 October 2013

It started off as in informal race between 51 locals in 1969 to mark the end of the sailing season for another year.

But 45 years on the Barcolana regatta now attracts 2,000 boats from all across the globe, transforming the coastline with a bevy of boats.

The week-long celebration of sailing was capped off today with the Barcolana International Sailing Race, with hundreds of yachts taking part.

The 45th annual Barcolana Regatta capped off a week of sailing celebrations in the Gulf of Trieste today as thousands of boats took part

The regatta began as a race between 51 locals but is now the biggest event of its kind in the Mediterranean and one of the busiest in the world

Classic yachts are in full display during the week-long event as well as smaller vessels designed for youngsters aged between 15 and 18

Hundreds of thousands of people spent the week at Trieste’s biggest annual event, enjoying classic boat races, land events and night-time sailing.

The gathering is the biggest of its kind anywhere in the Mediterranean and turns the Gulf of Trieste into the unofficial sailing capital of Europe for seven days.

The start line is traditionally
underneath the Victory Lighthouse, built in 1927 to light the Gulf and
serve as a monument to those killed in World War One.

The Victory Lighthouse (pictured centre) was built in 1927 and serves as a monument to Italy’s soldiers who died during the First World War

Aided by stronger winds this year than last the boats, captained by holiday sailors and world-class helmsmen alike, took off across the Gulf

The race heads around four buoys, one of which is traditionally dropped into the waters of Slovenia, covering about 16 nautical miles

Last year’s race was a slow-motion
affair as low winds meant boats struggled to reach top speeds, though
the wind picked up this time around.

In the classic yacht class over 30 vintage boats animated the Gulf, racing along on a strong south-easterly wind. Leone Sirio’s “Lucia” and “Marilu”, belonging to Vincenzo Ciumbo, received the Best Restoration trophy and the Spirit of Tradition trophy.

A very light breeze accompanied the Barcolana by Night Jotun Cup. First to the finish line was Goofy being sailed by Marco and Pietro Perelli, but they were disqualified for an early start.

The annual Barcolana regatta, near northern Italy, is one of the largest sailing races in the world and caps off a week of celebrations which include land events

Watched from land, sea and air the race attracted over 100,000 people this year alone and is getting bigger every time

The race passes Miramare castle, built in 1860 by Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg as a residence for himself and his wife, Charlotte of Belgium

You have to be brave to risk damaging your boat in the crowded race that attracts thousands of boats to its week of events

That handed a first-time victory to Marco Perosa and his boat ReNero ahead of two of his historical rivals.

Everyone from brave amateurs all the way up to world-class helmsmen can take part in the race which is always held on the second Sunday of October.

Offering something for everyone the event includes a King of the Wind event in which people with disabilities race in specially adapted boats.

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Dartford, United Kingdom,

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Too many people with too much money – or perhaps they are not paying the same level of tax that I am.


temp expat in Middle East, United Kingdom,

27 minutes ago

Not sure that it’s international news, but quite a sight, all the same!


earth, Germany,

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the latgallian,


2 hours ago

Great, they can pick up all the illegals on the way across to Italy!



2 hours ago

I thought Italy had no money!

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Boat Owners: Renew Registration Before Oct. 24 to Avoid Late Fee

By Faye Edmundson

Boat owners in in Georgia with expired or expiring registrations are encouraged to renew their boat decals before Oct. 24, 2013 when a new state law adding a $10 late fee for registration renewal after expiration will go into effect. 

“The 2013 legislature passed a new law that encourages timely registration,” said Dan Forster, director of the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, in a news release. “Often boat owners put off registration until just before July 4th or other major summer holidays, and the resulting rush create a backlog for all wishing to renew their registrations and for persons trying to register a new boat to use for the holidays. This new law will help encourage boat owners to register throughout the year, resulting in better service for all.”  

Boat registrations are good for three years and expire on the last day of the owner’s birth month in the third year of registration. The new law adds a $10 fee if the registration renewal is mailed or completed by telephone or using the online registration after the expiration date. The late fee will be enforced beginning Oct. 24.

In an effort to notify boat owners about their expiring registrations, the Wildlife Resources Division mails a renewal notice the first week of the month before expiration (approximately 55 days in advance). Registration renewal notices mailed Sept. 1 for Oct. 31 boat expirations contained a notice about the new late fee.  

This law additionally allows new owners of used boats that have an existing Georgia registration to receive three full years of registration at transfer and eliminates the transfer fee.  This transfer provision also begins Oct. 24.

“This new transfer provision giving three full years of registration at transfer will save money for most boat owners,” Forster said. 

New boat registrations and transfers of ownership for boats with existing Georgia registrations may be done by mail or telephone (1-800-366-2661). The late fee does not apply to ownership transfers or new Georgia boat registrations.

Boat registration renewals may be returned with renewal form by mail, or done by telephone at 1-800-366-2661 or by visiting the online sales site at

Owners of Georgia boats must notify DNR within 15 days if their address changes from that shown on their boat registration card, or if they sell their boat. Address changes and notification of boat sale may be done by calling 1-800-366-2661. Boat owners can also change their address by logging into their customer account at

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Sag Harbor Sailing News

Sag Harbor Sailing News

Posted on 12 October 2013

One More Race at Breakwater

Steve Kenny and Greg Ames sailed Gossip to a win in the second-to-last race of the Breakwater Yacht Club’s fall Wednesday night sailing series on October 2, finishing with a corrected time of 47 minutes and 25 seconds. Light wind prompted the race committee to shorten the course to just four legs.

Purple Haze, captained by Lee Oldak, finished second in Division 1 with a time of 0:49:21, while Caminos and captain Donald Filipelli finished third in 0:49.29.

A crew of junior sailors won Division 2, finishing with a corrected time of 0:48.08. Jim Smyth and Derrick Galen sailed White Lightning to second in 0:48:22 while George Martin and Osprey finished third in 0:51:04.

Whitebread20 Regatta on Saturday

The 20th running of the Whitebread20 sailing regatta will be on Saturday, October 12. The race will begin in Peconic Bay, off New Suffolk and sail around Shelter Island in a 30+ mile course. Organizers are expecting up to 120 boats participating in the largest sailing regatta on the East End of Long Island.

Registration for the race is closed, but there will be great viewing opportunities available all morning starting with the 8:35 a.m. start in Cutchogue Harbor. Seven division will continue to start until the last (or fastest boats) start at 10:15 am. The boats will head east with the most likely course taking them through Southold Bay, running clockwise around Shelter Island, past Greenport, Sag Harbor, and back through Peconic Bay finishing back in Cutchogue. Some of the best viewing will be in Greenport starting late morning through early afternoon.

The forecast is calling for NE winds up to 15 knots, which should make for lots of colorful spinnaker sails flying, and boats tacking as the fleet battles wind, tide and each other in a race to the finish.

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Euroyachts plots course for sales rise

Angus Scott, managing director of Euroyachts, said a recent trade show in Southampton indicated parts of the English market were hotting up and there were tentative signs of improvement in Scotland.

He said: “Southampton for us was no better than fair, however my opposite numbers around the south and south east of England seem to be back with guys out with [credit] cards paying for boats in a way I have not seen for a few years.

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“For me the feeling [in the market] south of the Border ­definitely seems to be bouncing back.”

While Mr Scott admits there have not been any major signs of that sentiment transferring to Scotland he is seeing some encouraging developments.

He said: “I am seeing a possible re-emergence from a slumber of the motor boat market so I think there will be a bit of a modest return of us selling motor boats in comparison to where it has been in recent years.

“We have new products coming from Jeanneau, our main brand, which are more economical than before. I also think there is a ‘sod it’ factor where a lot of people who have the means have not been changing motor boats in recent times but are now having a go of it.”

A change in buyer habits is also likely to lead to more regular new boat purchases.

Mr Scott said: “This new breed of buyer comes to [sailing] with an open mind and are very keen on getting qualifications for sailing. Many of them have money to buy a boat and that is what they do.

“There is nothing unusual today about selling someone a boat at 40 feet for their first boat and that used to be a huge boat.

“From my point of view the nice thing is typically three years in, like their car perhaps, they change their boat.”

Euroyachts is also gearing up for one of its busiest periods of the year with its annual boat sales weekend starting tomorrow.

While an average weekend would see between three to four boats sold between its Largs and Troon sites Mr Scott expects that to more than double on the back of the event.

He also signalled that he expects the business to be back in profit in spite of the challenging environment.

Turnover will be “up a fair bit” in the 12 months to September 30 to around £4.3 million which should see a loss of around £11,000 from the previous year reversed.

As the figures have still to be audited Mr Scott stopped short of suggesting that the business will post record profits.

The business, which employs seven people, opened a large showroom at Largs five years ago and made a loss in its first year there but has since returned profits in three of four years.

Mr Scott said: “Profits have not been huge but we have been managing to tread water.

“We don’t have any bank lending, we live modestly and watch the overheads.

“I don’t think I would like to say record profits [for the most recent financial year] but I hope it will be back firmly on the right side of the line.”

Prices for a new 33 ft long sail boat start around £85,000 while a similar size of motor boat would come in at £150,000.

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Even with inclement weather, U.S. Sailboat Show draws a crowd in Annapolis

The heavy rain had pretty much stopped late Friday afternoon, but along City Dock in Annapolis, the sailing enthusiasts continued to come by the Buster’s Marine merchandise tent. David Schmidtt, who had started going to the United States Sailboat Show when he was 12 with his father, Buster, was not surprised.

“This show is amazing,” Schmidtt, 35, said as potential customers looked at his stock of Mercury Marine inflatable boats. “I’ve been to 22 shows this year, and this is by far the most crowded. You could go to an indoor show in New York City on a [rainy] day like today, and it would be empty. Here, there’s rain and wind, and it’s packed.”

Paul Jacobs, the show’s longtime general manager, said the sailing industry that the recession nearly sunk in 2007 is slowly, and finally, starting to turn around.

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According to Jacobs, this year’s show needed a record for square footage to accommodate some 600 to 700 vendors. Jacobs said he heard a member of the Annapolis City Council announce that the sailboat show and the United States Powerboat Show the previous weekend would generate “around $100 million” for the local economy.

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the numbers,” Jacobs said Friday about a show that started Thursday and will run through Monday. “People who come out in weather like this are serious about being at a boat show.”

Jacobs said he expects higher sales revenue at this year’s show than at any since 2007, when government officials announced the economy’s recession on the same day the sailboat show opened in Annapolis.

“There’s been an increase of around 2 to 5 percent [in sales] the last couple of years, and we’re going to be beyond that this year,” Jacobs said

Bob Pattison, a technical director for Connecticut-based Neil Pryde Sails, said the recent federal government shutdown presents its own set of challenges. While he’s seen a small bump in sales the past couple of years, “We need a little help [from the overall economy], and the guys in Washington aren’t helping us.”

Nor was Mother Nature, at least not Friday, when an early-afternoon deluge left many potential customers hunkered down in larger merchandise tents and a few local restaurants and bars.

Joked Jacobs, “Whoever was selling boots and rain gear did very well.”

That didn’t help Chuck Paine, a prominent boat designer from Maine. The recession forced Paine to close a lucrative yacht design company he had started over 30 years before. He decided to retire and build a sporty, trailerable 14-foot keelboat for himself, but after a friend wrote a story about Paine in a Maine boating magazine, a few local sailors wanted to know whether Paine could build one for them, too.

Business was a bit slow for Paine’s boat in Annapolis on Friday, in part because of the price tag ($38,500), but also because of the weather.

Paine said he recently returned from a trip to Europe, where despite the economic chaos in a number of countries, “the sailing industry is thriving.” Acknowledging that he is a glass- half-empty kind of guy, Paine said the U.S. sailing industry “getting a little better, but we’ve got a long way to go.”

Industry veterans such as Paine say smaller boats sell better than larger boats, and Schmidtt thinks inflatables, such as the ones he sells out of his Queens, N.Y., location, do better than anything else these days.

While he wouldn’t say how many inflatables he has sold so far this week in Annapolis — “We’re doing well,” he said with a smile — Schmidtt said Annapolis attracts the largest numbers of sailboat consumers of any show in the country.

Earlier in the day, when the rain was at its heaviest, Schmidtt said, “I should have taken a picture of the rain coming down, and we’re selling our inflatables.”

Jacobs has what he calls “an unofficial theory” about the rain at the sailboat show. When the sun is shining, many of the sailing enthusiasts congregate around the larger boats docked on the show’s perimeter. But rain forces most of them inside, to the covered merchandise tents.

“The rain,” Jacobs said, “can work in our favor.”

Amid a cloudy, rainy weekend in Annapolis, the sailing gods were smiling on his show.

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