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Slovenia's sailboat finishes second at Barcolana

Trieste, 10 October - Sailor Gašper Vinčec and his crew finished second at this year's Barcolana, the biggest mass start sailing regatta in the world, which took place in Trieste on Sunday. The winners were Italians led by Furio Benussi in the sailboat Arco.

Trieste, Italy
the Barcolana regatta.
Photo: Way of Life crew

The Slovenians competed with Way of Life, Vinčec's own a 24-metre sail boat, which was in the lead after the first two buoys but then a malfunction occurred, causing the sail to lower. The crew prevented the sailboat from tipping over and managed to fix it.

Way of Life then proceeded against the wind following Italy's Arco and finishing right after it in the strong winds that made the race difficult for all contenders.

"We had great advantage at the first buoy. We picked the right starting line and started sailing excellently. It all went great after that until we had a malfunction that prevented us from defending out title," said Gorazd Mauri of the Ewol team of Way of Life, which won the regatta in 2019. In 2020, the regatta did not take place.

Today's event started at 10:30am but due to the weather forecast smaller sailboats passere, meteor, IX and VIII were excluded. Over 16,000 sailboats applied for the competition.

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