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9th October, 2016


We arrived at our last Italian port of this cruise, Trieste, on the day of the Barcolana. This is an historic international sailing regatta taking place every year in the Gulf of Trieste on the second Sunday of October.

The Barcolana, one of the most crowded regattas in the world, draws in a record number of participants. Thanks to its particular formula, the Barcolana is a unique event on the international sailing stage. On the same starting line, expert sailors and sailing lovers race side by side in boats of different sizes, divided into several divisions according to their overall length.

The Barcolana is not an event for sailors only. It involves the whole city of Trieste, attracting tourists from around the world. Every year about 25,000 sailors take part in the race and more than 250,000 spectators watch the Barcolana from the Trieste seafront, known as the Rive, and from the Karst highland. Thanks to the conformation of the territory around the Gulf of Trieste, spectators can enjoy the race from numerous observation points as if sitting in a natural “sailing stadium”. Our Decks, or the Drawing Room, were great observation spots for our passengers.

Those guests who did not want to spend the whole day watching the event could wander ashore or enjoy an organized tour. One of these went to the village of Duino, which is dominated by Duino Castle. This stately structure dates back in part to Roman times and is today owned by the family of a Czech prince (I did not know there was one). Thanks to its hilltop location, it enjoys extensive views over the small fishing village and the sea.

All on board time today was 5.30pm and shortly after we left the harbour on our way to the next port. The manoeuvres were short, which gave me enough time to get ready for my cocktail party (not that I need much time anyway) where I had the chance to welcome those of our guests who had joined us in Venice.

This was followed shortly by a special dinner, where I had the pleasure of celebrating the 90th Birthday of one of our Diamond Britannia Club members, Mrs Leonar Dimello. A gentleman should not talk about a lady’s age, however on this occasion I thought it would be nice to mention this fantastic moment. Together with Hotel Director Eddy, Cruise Director John and Social Hostess Lizzi we spent a fantastic time together. One to remember for a long time. Happy Birthday, Leonar!

Krzysztof Majdzinski

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