The Barcolana is an international sailing regatta first held in 1969, which takes place every year on the second Sunday of October in the Gulf of Trieste. It is a spectacle of blue, embellished by myriad brightly coloured sails.
Renowned as one of the most popular in the world (indeed, it holds the record, with 1,968 vessels taking part in 2001), this is a unique, unmissable event. It is a contest that takes in professionals and enthusiasts alike, split into categories based on the length of the vessel. The route is around 15 miles long, with starting points at Miramare Castle, the headquarters of the Barcola Sailing Club and Grignano. The finish line is across from Piazza Unità d’Italia.
The event benefits from the participation of the whole city, with crowds of more than 250,000 watching the race from the shoreline of Trieste and the Carso highlands. A series of associated events are held in the 10 days leading up to the Sunday of the main regatta, including kitesurfing and windsurfing races, night-time regattas, wine and food stalls, concerts and cultural events of every type.