Barcolona win gives Australian Supermaxi victory number 63
By Mike Hanlon
October 13, 2003
Tuesday October 14, 20032002 Rolex Sydney to Hobart race winner Alfa Romeo beat a huge field of 1983 yachts to take line honours in the Barcolona 35 in Italy at the weekend.A quarter of a million spectators watched 24,000 sailors compete in extremely light winds in the European classic which is based in the port of Trieste."This was an extraordinarily difficult race," said Alfa Romeo owner and skipper Neville Crichton, "For a start, coping with nearly 2000 other competitors on a start line less than two kilometres long and then the wind never got above four knots. It was an extraordinarily tactical race and proves again that although Alfa Romeo was built to take on the strongest winds and biggest seas, she can also win when there little or no wind."Since winning the Sydney to Hobart at the beginning of the year, Crichton has clocked up 63 victories in Alfa Romeo.The supermaxi now heads to Malta for the Rolex Middle Sea Regatta on 25 October where Neville Crichton and Alfa Romeo will aiming to become the first ever to win every Ocean Classic race in one 12 month period.Follow the links below to learn more.
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