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2009 saw the innovation of web TV with 122 videos covering the 10 days of the event and live streaming of the regatta with 30,000 live hits. In fact at the end of 2009, the Barcolana web site was named as the most visited sailing website in Italy by the annual survey carried out by Audiewed Mediadata. On the Monday following the event there was proof of the event's international importance: the prestigious Financial Times dedicated a photo and three columns to the regatta. 2010 is a record in terms of spectators: excellent weather conditions attrace about 400 thousand people to Trieste over the week.end. Victory was gained by a historical protagonist, Igor Simcic, who bought and technologically upgraded Alfa Romeo 2. The boat won the Barcolana also setting a new record time beating that of 2008. Mitja Kosmina on Maxi Jena came in second. It was a great festival on land, with the naming of Trieste as "city of the Barcolana". Signs were placed along the roads a few days before the regatta. An international Barcolana, a Barcolana with many business people, a Barcolana with Bora up to 20 knots. The 43rd edition of Trieste's regatta took place on a beautiful day with a fresh breeze which provided great fun for everybody: those who were racing to win and those - most of the 1761 entrants - who just wanted to join the party. Esimit Europa 2 of Igor Simcic, with Alberto Bolzan at the helm and Jochen Schuemann as skipper won a lap ahead of the second, Maxi Jena of Mitja Kosmina, who had to watch out Croatia's Shining, large Open yacht typical of the Adriatic (third). Esimit Europa 2 did not beat his record (58:05 against 2010 record of 56:13), but he surprised and enchanted everyone for the great precision of a perfect race in every stage. The Line honour, in front of UnitĂ d'Italia, received a tumultuous ovation with thousands of people along the waterfront cheering for his victory. Behind him and continuing until mid afternoon, the great party at sea full of competitive spirit and true passion for sailing. On land over 300 thousand people followed the event and took part in the great festival along the waterfront, while at sea the last boats crossed the finish line with great satisfaction. It was a race with great business people and managers, with president of Assicurazioni Generali, Galateri di Genola, who finished 32nd behind steel industry entrepreneur Luigi Cimolai (13th), at the helm of his Southern Star. Francesco Illy, instead finished 42nd overall.

The story of Barcolana  

The story of the Barcolana is one of those you do not expect, because nobody knows which is the key ingredient for the success of this uniqu...

The story of Barcolana  

The story of the Barcolana is one of those you do not expect, because nobody knows which is the key ingredient for the success of this uniqu...

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