For the first time in Croatian history, the traditional European Ariane's Cup sailing regatta is coming to the Croatian coast of the Adriatic.
From the 6th to the 9th of October 2018, Trogir and Hvar as well as surrounding local waters will host over 900 members of the European Space Industry and more than 110 sailing boats. Therefore, the 39th edition of the Ariane’s Cup will become the largest regatta in history of Croatia.
The starting point of the regatta will be at the Baotić marina in Trogir from which competitors will head to Palmižana on the Pakleni Islands in the Hvar aquatorium and sail back again to Trogir. Apart from five races, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy organized programs in base marinas and get acquinted with historic, cultural and naturale heritage of Croatia.
The non-profit organization OSCAR which usually organizes the Ariane's Cup, has chosen the Croatian Business Sailing Experience Agency to organize the popular regatta in Croatia this year.
The largest European companies in the space industry traditionally send their teams to the Ariane's Cup. Companies such as Airbus, SES, European Space Agency, Daimler and Eutelsat have already confirmed their teams for this year's regatta.
The Ariane's Cup, which has got its name after a single European rocket, is a traditional gathering of sailing fans reserved exclusively for members of the European space industry. So far, the regatta was held 38 times on various locations worldwide such as the Carribean, France, Germany, Great Britain etc.
The popular regatta was held for the first time in 1979 with only ten sailing boats. However, this year it is expected to break the previous record by the number of participants.