Warm congratulations goes out to the skipper and crew of the Reichel/Pugh-designed, canting keel 86’ Spirit of Portopiccolo, formerly the Morning Glory, as overall winner of the 50th Barcolana Regatta.
Trieste, Italy (October 14, 2018) – Warm congratulations goes out to the skipper and crew of the Reichel/Pugh-designed, canting keel 86’ Spirit of Portopiccolo, formerly the Morning Glory, as overall winner of the 50th Barcolana Regatta. This year there was a record 2,689 boats on the starting line. More stunning photos can be found in @studioborlenghi 50th Barcolana album.
The Reichel/Pugh team designs for performance longevity and has unparalleled success at producing some of the world’s most distinctive, most enduring and consistently rewarding sailing yachts including designs that have continuously won major regattas over several decades. The Morning Glory 86 set distance records a decade ago in both the Newport to Bermuda Race and Transpac, as well as more recently podiumed at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and won the 49th Barcolana last year. Past Barcolana winners also include the Reichel/Pugh-designed 72’ Alfa Romeo, formerly Shockwave, which also won the Maxi Rolex Cup, Giraglia Race, Bermuda Race (multiple times), and the Caribbean 600.
About the Barcolana
The Barcolana was founded in 1969 thanks to the initiative of the yacht club Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano. It has always taken place on the second Sunday of October to end the season of the yacht club, and therefore its full name is Barcolana Autumn Cup Regatta. The race takes place on a 15-mile four-sided, fixed mark course. The starting line is between the Miramare Castle and the seat of the Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano and the finish line is in the waters just off Piazza Unità d’Italia. The race is notable for having the largest international fleet, this year with a record 2,689 boats on the starting line.
All photography © Carlo Borlenghi / Studio Borlenghi