Hat-trick for the Esimit Europa Sailing Team at This Year’s Barcolana

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From Trieste Esimit Europa 2 immediately headed to Valletta, aiming to establish a new world sailing record

Esimit Europa 2

Barcolana 2012

Seeing Esimit Europa 2 win at one of the largest regattas in the world, with a unique team of sailors onboard coming from 8 different nations, in front of thousands of spectators, gives a fantastic feeling.

By finishing first at the 16.5 nautical mile long course at the famous Barcolana regatta, the Esimit Sailing Team achieved the third consecutive victory. More than 1700 yachts started off at 10:00 AM CEST, facing frustrating conditions with winds blowing up to only 4 knots. The Esimit Sailing Team, led by legendary German sailor Jochen Schümann, proved its rich experience in all kinds of conditions and crossed the finishing line after 3 hours and 59 minutes in front of thousand of spectators.

15th October 2012, Trieste (Italy) What a race for the Esimit Sailing Team at the 44th edition of the world renowned Barcolana. Starting the race along with more than 1700 other yachts in the heart of Trieste was, as always, a huge challenge for all the crews, but Esimit Europa 2’s helmsman Alberto Bolzan has demonstrated his skills at the Barcolana, one of the largest regattas in the world. Esimit Europa 2 immediately took the lead and finished the 16.5 nautical mile long course in 3 hours and 59 minutes, facing winds just up to 5 knots. By that, the European sports team accomplished a hat-trick, as Esimit Europa 2 established the course record in 2010 (56:13), won also in 2011 in front of thousands of spectators at a true sailing festival in the heart of Trieste and took line honours at this year’s edition of the race as well.
The Esimit Europa project started in 1995 in Trieste, therefore the Barcolana regatta is always a special regatta for project’s founder Igor Simčič. “I’m really proud of the whole team. For me it’s incredible to see, what evolved out of the vision that started to become reality 17 years ago, right here in Trieste. Seeing Esimit Europa 2 win at one of the largest regattas in the world, with a unique team of sailors onboard coming from 8 different nations, in front of thousands of spectators, gives a fantastic feeling. I would like to thank everyone for their support,” stressed Igor Simčič, founder of the Esimit Europa project.

“Being at the starting line together with so many yachts is a unique spectacle, but also a huge challenge for the whole team. We have faced lack of the wind and occasional dead calms, therefore we had to constantly change sails and chose appropriate tactics. The Esimit Sailing Team did a great job and proved again their experience and exceptional teamwork. We spent the last days training in the Gulf of Trieste and prepared different tactics, which paid off very well. I’m very satisfied with the performance of the team as well of the condition of the yacht and I’m looking forward to set our sails towards Valletta,” said Jochen Schümann, skipper of Esimit Europa 2.

Only a couple of hours after finishing the race at the Barcolana, the Esimit Sailing Team headed towards Valletta, aiming to establish the benchmark time for the passage between Trieste and Valletta, recognized by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. Future monohulls, which will break the established record in the period between Barcolana and Rolex Middle Sea Race, will be awarded with the very special Medot Sailing Trophy, which has been presented at the Esimit Europa Gala in Trieste.

The Esimit Europa 2 yacht sails under the flag of the European Union, is registered in Cyprus, a member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, competes for the Slovenian Sailing Federation and on board joins sailors from 8 different European countries. It is under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and endorsed by Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament. Its main sponsor is the global energy company Gazprom, while BMW is the official partner.

Gorazd Mauri
+39 366 675 90 92
Esimit Europa Ltd

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