23 August 2022
Certified by the Guinness World Records, Barcolana welcomes more than 2,500 sailing boats of all sizes and types, and 300,000 people, including both professional sailors and enthusiastic amateurs.
It is a unique event in the world where everyone races in the same Gulf in a great festive atmosphere, taking place at the northernmost point of the Mediterranean and bringing together boats and sailors from all over the world.
After two years of COVID-19 measures, this year’s edition aims to restore the spirit of 2019, with a great celebration on land and the famous “sailing pilgrimage” taking place at the beginning of October, which turns Trieste into the universal international sailing capital.
The event will focus on sustainability, gender equality, scientific dissemination and especially on coming together once again united by our passion for the sea.
“We are ready for a new edition of the Barcolana,” said Mitja Gialuz, President of the SVBG – which will be marked by a spirit of joy and sharing. Our aim is to make Trieste the city of great sailing and sea celebration once again.”
“The Barcolana is a pivotal event for both Trieste and the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region,” said Massimiliano Fedriga, Governor of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
“It is the most fascinating sea celebration of the Mediterranean, and, above all, it is an extraordinary driver for tourism and for the local economy. The project has grown overtime and has managed to attract an increasing number of participants.
“The Region will continue to support this event fully. With traditional yet innovative initiatives such as the Barcolana, local administrations promote the local area by fostering tourist and economic development while protecting traditions and the local culture.”
For the first time ever, those who register by 10 September will be eligible for a discount: 10 percent for large boats, 20 percent for small ones.
“This is a historic decision for the Barcolana,” said President Mitja Gialuz, “which we have taken to offer an advantage for sailors registering now, to facilitate the management of mooring, and to be able to organise the event in the light of the registration trend one month in advance.”
During the first phase, the registration procedure will take place fully online via the event website which has been renovated by the event’s digital partner IKON.
The organisers have great news in store for skippers: the Barcolana’s communication team, headed by a Race Officer, will create dedicated channels on Whatsapp and Telegram to give constant updates on weather conditions and on the regatta.
“Last year, Gialuz explained, “we learned that we need to enhance communication with crews, therefore we will carry out considerable improvement: first and foremost, our goal is to make the Barcolana a great celebration for all once again, after two complicated years due to Covid-19 and the weather. Thus, we will endeavour to give sailors constant and clear updates during the regattas.”
The Barcolana is planning the creation of more meeting points on the city’s waterfront, and it is organising events to promote the territory and give new momentum to the program on land, in collaboration with PromoTurismo FVG.
“Our goal is to make the Barcolana a unique and special sharing experience for the community once again, Mitja Gialuz continued.
“Therefore, we are planning on organising music, book, and film events in the city’s large spaces once again. The love for the sea will be a common defining feature that everyone will be able to express in their own way: sailing, celebrating on Trieste’s waterfront, or taking sustainable action for the sea.”
“The Barcolana54 will take place at the end of a wonderful summer season for Trieste, marked by visitor levels beyond expectations and beyond pre-pandemic levels,” said Roberto Dipiazza, Trieste’s Mayor.
“The Municipality of Trieste always supports the event, considering the end-of-summer incoming figures and the promotion of Trieste as a sea city on a national and international level. The sea is our asset when it comes to tourism, as has been shown by this administration’s investments in Porto Vecchio (the Old Port), in the Museo del Mare (the Museum of the Sea) and in infrastructure.”
This year, thanks to the collaboration with the Donation Network’s crowdfunding platform, the Barcolana will launch a Charity Program which will involve local no-profit organisations. Each organisation joining the program will have a dedicated fundraising webpage within the platform linked to the Barcolana, where supporters will be able to donate.