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Vittoria Trojer looks at the line up for the new Alpe Adria Sailing Tour 2003

Thursday May 1st 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: Mediterranean
1 May marks the official start day of the Alpe Adria Sailing Tour 2003. After the preparations and the distribution of the boats to the teams, the day has finally arrived.

This event, created by the collaboration of the Se.Ri.Gi shipyard and the Dentesano hams of Percoto Udine, has been set up to launch the new company's new Solaris 36 one design, designed by Marco Lostuzzi, who was just awarded the 'Oscar of Sailing' prize for this project. Lostuzzi will be trying out his latest boat by racing the first two weeks of the race on team City of Aquileia, home of the Se.Ri.Gi shipyard.

"I hope", says Stefano Rizzi, skipper of Clementei, "that we can make this project grow, and I really believe it will have a large success in the future. In the next editions, I hope there will also be more teams, and more renowned skippers as well. I also hope that we will always continue to race with the one design boat, I think it’s where the future is."

Federico Dentesano explains that, "it will be the strength of each team to decipher the real talent, and not who’s boat is best in this event".

Skipper of Oracle BMW Racing during the America’s Cup 2003, Peter Holmberg, tells us that “I am very excited about this new event which combines racing with touring some of the beautiful coasts of three different countries - Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia.”

When asked if he prefers match racing to long distance races he commented, "match racing is my primary focus, but I enjoy applying the details we perfect in short races, to the longer races offshore." To his "BMW Tomic Team", he chose to bring his right hand man, Michael Sanderson, who raced with him in the America’s Cup.

Another string team to beat is the Slovenian, Mitjia Kosmina on his Magic Sailing Team. Mitjia has a very strong background in match racing and is favoured as he knows the Dalmatian Coast better than most teams, as it’s his backyard.

Also in the Alpe Adria Sailing Tour along the Adriatic Coast is the boat called Barcolana, named after what is reputed the world's largest regatta held off the coast of Trieste, with more than 2,000 sailboats all on the same starting line. To skipper the boat for the first few legs is the President of the Trieste Nautical Society, SVBG, Mauro Parladori.

The race also includes a women's team - the Val Nautika Women’s Team. This team race all over the Adriatic Sea and already have an edge over their male counterparts having taken advantage of being able to train on the boats at the Se.Ri.Gi shipyard.

Another strong team will be Friuli-Venezia Giulia. This group was formed by young men from the University of this name.

The route for the Alpe Adria Sailing Tour includes Trieste, Muggia, Koper, Porec, Pula, Sibenik, Split, Makarska, and will end in Dubrovnik after completing 500 nautical miles.

Once the boats have docked, the sailors will have the possibility to relax and have a taste of the culture and of the typical foods. There will be an awards ceremony followed by a stupendous Gala Dinner at the Revelin Castle in the old city of Dubrovnik. Last but not least will be a fun race held at the end of the event organised by the local branch of Playboy magazine.

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