“Congratulations to our Ambassador Furio Benussi and to all the team aboard Arca SGR for having brought the sea protection issues to victory in the 53rd Barcolana – these were the words of Riccardo Bonadeo, Executive Vice President of One Ocean Foundation when Arca SGR was arrived at the dock – but even more important – he continued – is the constant and daily commitment of the whole team in favor of the mission of One Ocean Foundation, thanks to the Fast and Furio Sailing Team as well as to our two other flagships, Anywave di Alberto Leghissa with Mauro Pelaschier and Anemos II by Marco Bono”.
The 53rd Barcolana took place in very harsh weather conditions, with sudden and intense gusts of Bora – the impetuous and cold wind that blows over Trieste from the northeast – over 40 knots, almost 80 km / h. The 100-foot maxi – about 30 meters – Arca SGR won after passing another competitor on the second leg of the regatta, following the mark in Slovenian waters, demonstrating the commitment required to be successful even when one is favored to win.
The great satisfaction of the winning team is followed by that of One Ocean Foundation which, in addition to the boats racing with the colors of the Foundation, has successfully carried out the activities planned on land: the dissemination of the Charta Smeralda, thanks to the hospitality the Italian Sailing Federation and Arca SGR Stands that reunited on board a group of small athletes from the Società Velica Barcola and Grignano aboard Anemos II with Caterina Banti, new ambassador of the Foundation and Olympic gold medal in Tokyo 2020, and Mauro Pelaschier. The two Ambassadors talked about sailing but above all about sustainability and good practices when on board, together with them also the rising star from Trieste, Alice Linussi, helmsman of Anemos, who led the boat to finish in 9th place overall.
Anywave, on the other hand, was the victim of difficult weather conditions and suffered a dismasting, without any consequences for the crew and guests on board. In compliance with the commitment to the RECO project (Ecological manager on board) and the dictates of the Charta Smeralda, the tree was subsequently recovered from the seabed and brought back to land thanks to the work of the nautical units and divers of the Trieste Fire Brigade.
One Ocean Foundation also took part in the Barcolana Sea Summit in the days preceding the regatta. At the opening, on the 6 October, executive vice president Riccardo Bonadeo took part in a round table with the Federvela sustainability delegate, Flavia Tartaglini, and the president of Barcolana, Mitja Gialuz. The next day it was the turn of the member of the One Ocean Foundation Scientific Committee, Sandro Carniel, who spoke with a video on the theme “The sea starts here”