Neville Crichton’s ‘Alfa Romeo’ has won the biggest sailing regatta in Europe, The Barcolana race. 1788 boats were on the on the starting line at Societa Velica Grignano, including many prototypes, maxi yachts, race boats with canting keels and even Americas Cup boats.
The result was was as predicted by pundits before the race however the showing of the RC44 was a surprise to many. The RC 44’s came out extremely well in the event, with Patrick de Barros and Russell Coutts crossing the arrival line just behind Shosholoza’s ACC in fourth, followed by Torbjorn Tornqvist’s new Artemis with Dean Barker calling the shots.
Russel Coutts, (The RC in RC44 and BMW Oracle America’s Cup boss) said:
“In this race, tactics have been fundamental”, declared Coutts in the Barcolana press room, “We did an excellent race, we are very happy”.
Patrick De Barros said that he would never have imagined such an explosive regatta: “I must be sincere; I would never have expected such an exciting regatta. I’ve been racing for 55 years but I have never seen in my life so many boats all together, neither during the America’s Cup. It’s incredible and unique. It has been a tough, complex and difficult race due to the little wind and to the waves caused by the many boats at sea. We took an excellent start; I’m really satisfied, our race was prefect with no mistakes”.
Barolana race top ten:
1. Alfa Romeo, Neville Crichton
2. Maxi Jena, Mitja Kosmina
3. Shosholoza, Paolo Cian
4. Banco Espirito Santo, Patrick Monteiro de Barros
5. Artemis II, Dean Barker
6. Shining-Umag, Rajko Kujundic
7. Mdeot-Cinkarna-Credem, Alberto Bolzan
8. Ceeref, Igor Lah
9. Veliki Viharnik-Mobitel, Dusan Puh
10. SNAI, Lorenzo Bodini