The 41st edition of the Bernetti Lombardini Cup in Italy‘s Trieste hosted around 200 yachts. With the victory in the Open class, the Esimit Sailing Team secured its success from the last season’s race and keeps its amazing shape for the next races. Also for Ivan Kljaković Gašpić, Esimit Europa 2 yacht’s new crew member, the Bernetti Lombardini Cup was the big test before one of the largest regattas in the world, the Barcolana, starting next week.
The Bernetti Lombardini Cup in Trieste (Italy) represents an exciting preliminary race for the Barcolana regatta. The fleet was divided into three classes. At 9:30 AM CEST the Open class left the heart of Trieste, followed by ORC and IRC classes. The fleet was heading north-west to the first buoy off Grignano, then tacked towards Santa Croce, came back to the new established buoy and crossed the finish line in the Gulf of Sistiana.
After 1 hour and 15 minutes, sailing yacht Esimit Europa 2 crossed the finish line as the fastest yacht on the course. By that, the 30-meter maxi yacht also defended the victory in the Open class, awarded with the popular Bernetti Cup. The award ceremony will take place a week later on Saturday, 13th October in Miela Theatre in Trieste, Italy.
The Bernetti Lombardini Cup was at the same time a very successful premiere for the new sailor onboard superyacht Esimit Europa 2, European and World Champion in different sailing classes Ivan Kljaković Gašpić, who composed his thoughts about his first race with the Esimit Sailing Team: “It has been exciting to race together with so many successful sailors coming from all over Europe. It is the first time I have sailed on Esimit Europa 2, which is a really impressive and technologically highly advanced yacht. The team embodies a unique spirit, which I admire, and I am proud to take part in the project with such an inspiring vision.”
The crew continues showing impressive results in this season after setting new course record at the Giraglia Rolex Cup, smashing the Wally record Monaco – Porto Cervo, taking line honours at the Palermo – Monte Carlo regatta and taking the title in the Maxi racing class at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. On the October 14th the European sports team is heading for the hat-trick at the 44th edition of the Barcolana in Trieste. In 2010 the blue racer established the course record (56 minutes, 13 seconds) and it also won the 2011 edition in front of thousands of spectators at a true sailing festival in the heart of Trieste.
The Esimit Europa 2 yacht sails under the flag of the European Union, is registered in Cyprus, a member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, competes for the Slovenian Sailing Federation and on board joins sailors from 8 different European countries. It is under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and endorsed by Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament. Its main sponsor is the global energy company Gazprom, while BMW is the official partner.