London, October 2018 - In a continued effort to bring the spirit of sailing to our international audience, Nautical Channel has partnered with the Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano to broadcast the Barcolana live. On Sunday the 14th of October, just like every second Sunday in October in Trieste, Italy, thousands of sailboats will line up for the worlds largest regatta.
For the first time in 50 years Nautical Channel will bring the race live to television screens in over 90 countries from the studio in the heart of Trieste. The international broadcast will be directed by Federico Favretto. To mark this special anniversary, the regatta will be honoured with a flyby from the Italian air force aerobatic display team, the Frecce Tricolori, who will stretch out the colours of the Italian flag over the start line.
In the true spirit of the Barcolana, Nautical Channel correspondents, Andi van Zyl and Gero Malingri will be able to say “I was there”, as they bring all the action from the event live in English. James Robinson Taylor will be linking in live from a sailboat in the middle of the fleet to bring the true essence of the Barcolana to the international audience. Malingri, van Zyl and Robinson Taylor will broadcast live from 10 GMT+2 until the boats cross the finish line.
As part of the partnership, Nautical Channel will also produce a 26 minutes documentary directed by Beau Malingri which will air on the 12th of November at 21:30 GMT+2.
“We are delighted to partner with Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano for the 50th anniversary of the Barcolana. A race with so much inclusivity, passion and tradition deserves a world stage and I am particularly pleased that our team will provide that platform. The excitement is certainly building for what will be a spectacular start at this Sunday’s golden anniversary and we wish the sailors fair winds.” expressed Andrew Miller, Managing Director of Nautical Channel.
Nautical Channel is the only international TV channel dedicated to the world of nautical sports and lifestyle. It is available to over 22 million subscribers, in 92 countries, in English, French, and German. The channel is available on over one hundred international pay TV, satellite, subscriber IpTV, mobile phone, Digital Terrestrial, MMDS and cable TV platforms. From sailing to surfing, the programming wheel captures all the action on the water!
Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano started in 1968 in Trieste, when a group of partners in love with the sea and the wind, decided to organise a regatta that would involve all the boats from the gulf. Since then at the beginning of every Autumn, they organise the renown Barcolana regatta, the international sailing regatta with the highest number of sailboats racing in the Mediterranean.