PHOTOS: The world's largest yacht race

Carlo Borlenghi and the SEA & SEE team capture today's Barcolana drifting match
The 35th Barcolana today in Trieste saw a record 1982 sailing boats simultaneously take the start line. The race was won by the favourite, Neville Crichton's maxi Alfa Romeo with tactics being called by Alinghi's Brad Butterworth and local knowledge by Lorenzo Bressani. Mitja Kosmina's Magic Jena finished second, as she did last year despite leading for the first two miles. But the Slovenian sailor's luck ran out when he fell into a wind hole allowing Alfa Romeo to take the lead, never to relinquish it. The race was generally slow in a very light southeasterly breeze of between 0-3 knots and occasionally reaching 6 knots. "The arrival on the finish line of the Barcolana has been the most disarming and warm victory I have ever gained in Europe," commented Australian winner Neville Crichton. "Such a warm and welcoming atmosphere reminded me of the victory in the Sydney-Hobart race in my home country: I didn't think I would find here such a great support for Alfa Romeo. This is my 60th win gained over less than 10 months and it couldn’t have been better. It was a technical and tactic race and it proved again that Alfa Romeo is able to win on the oceans as well as on seas where there is almost no wind. The experience of participating in a race with 2,000 boats has been wonderful and it exceeded my expectations: I wish I could experience such a great emotion again. Thank you Barcolana."12345next ›last »