It was a special edition of the Barcolana for Generali, which for over 35 years has been the main sponsor of the most crowded regatta in the Mediterranean, held each year in the Gulf of Trieste. The 49th Barcolana ended with the successful sailing of the first Generali Cup – a regatta dedicated to Group employees.
The 10 crews were made up of 50 employees from 13 different countries, from Slovenia to Argentina, chosen from over 300 applications. They first raced each other in an exciting day’s sailing, before taking part in the record-breaking Barcolana Race, even winning a podium place in the J70 category.
The winner of this edition – out of the over 2,100 boats that entered – was the ‘Spirit of Portopiccolo’, manned by brothers Furio and Gabriele Benussi, who doubled up on their success last year, crossing the line in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 17 seconds.
There is a certain magic about the Barcolana. World-class helmsmen and amateurs start from the same line, racing all kinds of boats, making for an unforgettable experience both at sea and onshore.
The Barcolana is not just about the sea; it is about art, culture and the environment. For Generali, supporting the Barcolana means helping to create a valuable experience, for its employees and for the community. It means getting to know the local area, sharing the values of sport, promoting a culture of safety through activities for adults and children, and working in collaboration with the city’s public and private institutions to discover the depth of the relationship between the sea and the local area.
The presence of sports stars bears further witness to this approach, with Italian skiing champion Federica Brignone attending the Barcolana with Banca Generali to renew the historic partnership between sailing and skiing.
At the end of the event Assicurazioni Generali Chairman Gabriele Galateri di Genola commented: “It was an extraordinary regatta. This year we had the sun, the right winds, and enthusiastic participation. It is a fantastic example of teamwork.”