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Deep Blue Takes The Barcolana Cup

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    A dream come true. The Barcolana Cup is flying to the United States tomorrow, to the New York Yacht Club, the same club that has held the America's Cup for 132 years. American entrepreneur and philanthropist Wendy Schmidt and her Deep Blue have won the 54th edition of the Barcolana presented by Generali, which was held in Trieste today on a perfect sunny day, with the Bora and gusts of wind up to 25 knots. 1614 boats took part in the race, with the Amerigo Vespucci ship symbolically kicking off the regatta. Wendy Schmidt has also won the ‘Women in Sailing’ Generali Cup, awarded to the first female skipper in a mixed crew, and it is the first time that a single team has won both cups.

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    Deep Blue crossed the finish line in 57'47", beating Furio Benussi's Arca by 59 seconds. Portopiccolo Prosecco Doc came in third, with Mitja Kosmina at the helm. “It is a dream come true,” said SVBG President Mitja Gialuz. “The Barcolana Cup, that was first organised in Barcola, a club of humble origins, will land at the New York Yacht Club tomorrow. Trieste saw great celebrations both on land and at sea. The Barcolana, as often happens, has surprised everyone, giving us a wonderful week and an unforgettable day.” “I am happy for my team,” said American sailor Wendy Schmidt, “and for everyone who has worked so hard for so long – we have been sailing together for 15 years."

    " Thank you, Trieste. Everyone has been absolutely wonderful here and it was a pleasure to sail and enjoy this beautiful natural landscape. Now I get why everyone loves taking part in this regatta in this city.” Speaking of female leadership, she added, “There are so many great, passionate, smart, talented female sailors. Sailing is a wonderful sport that knows no gender, age, or barriers. I always encourage people to sail because we are all linked to the ocean: whether we know it or not, we are all part of its future.”

    Generali President Andrea Sironi said, “The Barcolana is a true celebration of the sea, an extraordinary show with a large audience full of enthusiasm, which shows their affection and bond towards this event which represents an entire city, Trieste, and which, with everyone's contribution, has once again been a true success. Generali has supported the Barcolana for over 40 years, and as promoters of the ‘Women in Sailing’ Generali Cup we are delighted to see a woman, Wendy Schmidt, crossing the finish line first. Going back to sailing together, with a focus on sustainability, inclusion, and solidarity, is the best way to prove that we are going back to the norm, which will enable us to face new challenges. I would like to thank the organisers and everyone who made this celebration – my first celebration – possible. I hope that it will continue to grow and involve more and more people.”
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