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Of course, parking in Trieste was a nightmare when we arrived but we managed to find our way after creeping inch by inch around a number of lots in our hosts' Mercedes wagon which I was sure was going to get pinched sooner or later. The crowds were thick alongside the quay where a variety of sailboats lined up. Docking was no less intense here than it is anywhere. Simple designs, and a few derelict vessels too, nested along the harbor's seawall. A very fast looking 30 meter racing yacht adorned with tanned crew standing at the ready, tying-to in the harbor made for their slip with what looked like was certainly too fast. Yet the strong winds were no match for these skippers well acquainted with the maneuver necessary to enter the slips. Lines were tossed to a watching crowd as the boat would ease toward the sea wall and pause while crew nonchalantly smiled giving directions to loop the line on the large chain holding the boats' mooring lines. And there was no drama as we were able to admire the carbon spars and shiny hull of many a very fast looking design.
Another crew aboard a gaff rig barque, folded their sail and made fast their gorgeous wooden boat. Simple, probably quite slow, but absolutely classic looking also joined this Regatta. Admired by all of us, my hosts liked the barque over the mega yachts. There's something about the historicity of these older designs, very similar to our Alberg designs, albeit not so old, which attract the eye.
Being separated from s/v Nautica during this overseas sojourn, this was a delightful segue into the Italian sailing fascination which proves to be quite strong indeed!
|Sunset at Trieste's Barcolana Regatta|