The Barcolana in Trieste is the international sailing regatta with the highest number of boats registered in the Mediterranean, a 10-day event held on land and at sea that transforms Trieste into the European capital of sailing. Two thousand boats at the starting line, captained by helmsmen who sail the world's seas, by enthusiastic racers and by cruisers, all enchanted by an event in which every sailor should participate at least once in their lifetime.
Barcolana is a magical mix of competitive sport and a celebration of sailing: the teams of professional sailors compete for absolute victory and to beat the time record, while family crews race against each other, outclassing a fellow club member or a mooring buddy. It is an unmissable event for all sea and sailing enthusiasts.
On occasion of the 54th edition, scheduled to be held from 1 to 9 October 2022, we look back at the achievements of one of the protagonists of this extraordinary event, Furio Benussi.
A professional yachtsman, helmsman, tactician and tailer, Furio Benussi is the team manager of the ARCA SGR - FAST and FURIO Sailing Team, a 100-foot Maxi Yacht, with his brother, Gabriele Benussi, at the tactician's helm: 4 world titles, 4 European titles, 2 Mediterranean Championships, 4 Maxi Rolex Cup victories, 11 Italian titles, 8 victories in the Giro d’Italia a Vela, two first places in the highly prestigious King's Cup regatta in Palma de Mallorca, to name but a few.
ARCA SGR list of accomplishments in 2022 to give a brief overview of its most recent successes, in 2022 the Fast and Furio Sailing Team has conquered numerous Line Honours:
• The Tre Golfi Regatta
• The 151 Miglia Regatta
• Viareggio – Bastia – Viareggio
• The 51st Bernetti Trophy
It obtained 2nd place in the Giraglia Rolex Cup when, after leading in the off-shore regatta for a full 36 out of the 36.20 hours taken to complete the course, it was overtaken, literally in the last 20 minutes of the race, by the Maxi Yacht Magic Carpet, after a fierce head to head.