Barcolana Trieste: the success of Arca SGR at the 53rd edition


Arca SGR, Fast and Furio Sailing Team, conquers one of the hardest and most incredible editions of the Barcolana by crossing the finish line first at the foot of the Miramare Castle.

The Barcolana is one of the most prestigious nautical regattas in Italy and this year the short course, at the foot of Miramare Castle, was successfully completed by Arca SGR, the 100-foot Maxi Yacht of the Fast and Furio Sailing Team. On 10 October 2021, the sailing team led by Furio Benussi from Trieste (professional sailor, helmsman, tactician, tailer) was put to the test by the bora winds, with peaks of over 45 knots, demonstrating great skill even in these conditions. Fast and Furio Sailing Team's crew came out the winner with a performance close to perfection, but still leaves room for improvement.

Furio Benussi - “This success comes in a perfect season for us and winning the Barcolana is always a new emotion. The performance that we have put on the racing field demonstrates once more the quality of our project as we have already shown not in words but with the results, not only this year. I am very proud of this great crew with Lorenzo Bressani on tactics, with the experience of Stefano Spangaro and with all the other guys who, with great teamwork, have made a difference today. For me, it is the fifth victory in Barcolana with four different boats, but this one has a very particular flavour that pays off for everything. "


Barcolana Calendar of the 53rd edition


With a focus on sustainability and inclusion, this year's edition of Barcolana 53 animated Trieste for 10 days, with several exclusive events.

In fact, in the Barcolana 53 calendar, we saw the "Trofeo Generali - Women in Sailing", to give importance to women at sea. As for the Sea Calendar, Barcolana wanted to welcome innovation with Portopiccolo Maxi Race with three days of "maxi" boat racing. To mention, also kitesurfing and wasp - two energy categories, in addition to the trophy of the Italian Naval League and the Fine Art Sails for the Star class. On the eve of the Barcolana, three one-design classes competed for glory: those of the Barcolana By Night Snam Cup, the hulls of the Barcolana Classic by SIAD and the one-design hulls in the One Design regatta. In the same days, we also saw the landing of the hulls from the Adriatic approaching regattas, namely the Go to Barcolana from Slovenia and the Go to Barcolana from Ravenna Hera Trophy. In the Bacino di San Giusto, however, there was a lot of anticipation for the Barcolana Nuota, with 300 athletes taking part.

The Ground Calendar of Barcolana 53 saw 54 events take place in the spaces of the Old Port, Warehouse 26 and the General Auditorium of the Trieste Convention Center. The Barcolana Sea Summit was, on the other hand, a major event dedicated to the sustainability and health of the Mediterranean Sea. Institutions and Barcolana Gold Sponsors have found space at the Barcolana Village in Piazza dell'Unità.


Arca Sgr at Barcolana 53: performance

The first part of the race saw Arca SGR against Way of Life as protagonists: it was head to head. The holder of the trophy arrives at the first mark with a slight advantage. In the following upwind leg, towards Miramare, Arca SGR faces the challenge knowing that it is only a matter of time before their power pays off with the comeback on this opponent; this upwind sprint requires all available horses from both boats. From this moment on, the Arca SGR trip quickly becomes an intense solo trip, up to the triumph, at the Miramare mark, where the Race Committee decides that it is safer to shorten the route.

The success at the Barcolana 53 enriches the prestigious triumphs of Arca SGR this season: the three important victories of the 151 Miglia, the Rolex Giraglia and the Palermo - Montecarlo.


Among the other important activities linked to the Arca SGR Team in conjunction with Barcolana 53 we mention:

  • The initiative to bring on board the young promises of Italian sailing, Olympic classes
  • Establishment as an ambassador of One Ocean Foundation: all materials (from the press conference set-ups to those of the Team's hospitality in the regatta villages) are produced exclusively in recycled materials and certified "PVC free" as well as all the plastic material that the team will use during the season will be recycled.
  • Support for the "Io Do Una Mano" Association, which can transform recycled plastic into artificial limbs for children with current 3D technologies who, due to pathologies or injuries, need such prostheses
  • Promoting "Sailing for Children" signed by "Il Porto dei Piccoli" together with the Gaslini Children's Hospital of Genoa: when the Team is in Genoa, as on the occasion of the Rolex Giraglia, the crew of the Fast and Furio Sailing Team organizes very special training sessions bringing on board the little patient “sailors” of Gaslini


What was the ARCA SGR team wearing at the Barcolana 53?

Among the Slam garments for Barcolana 53, we find Win-d 2 Force, with a bi-laminated structure, composed of two different layers that overlap. Among the other jackets worn by the team we also include the Summer Sailing 2.1 men's nylon jacket. Win-D Technical Ls t-shirts are made with UV and antibacterial treatments. The design features a comfortable fit, a simple look and flat side seams for easy mobility on the adventure. The Gladiator 2.1 men's T-shirts are made with a fabric that guarantees quick drying, such as the very light Men's Paterson 2.1 Polo Shirts and the Tech Men's Pants and Bermuda Shorts. Finally, among the accessories worn by the team we mention the Pro men's sunglasses.

For the recent 50th anniversary of Barcolana 50, Slam proposed a collection to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Autumn Cup. This is a selection of SLAM products dedicated to the regatta.