Trieste Bay may truly be said to have ‘launched a thousand ships’. Sailboats, in fact; and actually one thousand nine hundred and sixty-eight – the record number to date for the Barcolana Autumn Cup, from all over the world.
One of this year’s 2,000-odd sailboats is a true winner, a 70-foot Maxi sponsored by Canella Bellini, Pendragon, which came in third last year and whose Lorenzo Bodini and Giorgio Pitter previously won numerous prestigious offshore races. This time around, Lorenzo (who took part in the Sydney 2000 Olympics on the cat-ketch sailboat Tornado) and Giorgio will be flanked by the former’s brother, Marco Bodini.
Trieste’s famous regatta (start date for the main race is Sunday, October 2, though a series of sideshow events are scheduled from Sept. 30 to Oct. 9) is one of four races that will close the season for Pendragon: the crew will also take part in the Bernetti Cup, traditional practice race, also held in the Gulf of Trieste, as well as Veleziana and the Venice Hospitality Challenge.
“Fair winds and following seas”, then, to our seafaring friends and all friends of the breeziest, peachiest wine cocktail around: Canella Bellini.