A must see for sure! …where else will you see a regatta consisting of almost 2000 sailboats?
Granted, there are various classes for the yachts depending on their length and so technically they are not all pitted against one another as far as the awards/trophies are concerned. However…
…they all race together!
Not only does this mean they all sail around the same course together, but far more mind-boggling, it means they muster (?) in the same starting area, and there is only one starting horn.
Try to imagine 2000 sailboats ranging in size from 10 feet to 100 feet, packed into the same specchio d’acqua (lit. mirror of water, ie. patch of sea) in front of the staring line, jockeying for the best starting positions trying not to sail into one another while the clocks counts down. Sheer pandemonium.
Yet La Barcolana (lit. The Boating…?) repeats itself every year on the second Sunday of October. Professional skippers commanding the latest carbon-fiber racing behemoths sponsored by some of the largest multinationals in the world sail side-by-side with local Triestini boat-owners as well as many other sailing enthusiasts from Europe and beyond.
A great occasion to get to know this incredible city. There are many accompanying cultural events (museums, shows, concerts, conferences, children’s activities, culinary events, etc.) that take place over the 10 days prior to La Barcolana itself… seafaring Trieste’s salute to the sea.