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Reichel/Pugh-designed 86’ Spirit of Portopiccolo Wins the Barcolana, Again!

October 15, 2018 · Posted by kate

Trieste, Italy (October 14, 2018) – Warm congratulations goes out to the skipper and crew of the Reichel/Pugh-designed, canting keel 86’ Spirit of Portopiccolo, formerly the Morning Glory, as overall winner of the 50th Barcolana Regatta. This year there was a record 2,689 boats on the starting line. More stunning photos can be found in @studioborlenghi 50th Barcolana album.

Barcolana Overall Results

The Reichel/Pugh team designs for performance longevity and has unparalleled success at producing some of the world’s most distinctive, most enduring and consistently rewarding sailing yachts including designs that have continuously won major regattas over several decades. The Morning Glory 86 set distance records a decade ago in both the Newport to Bermuda Race and Transpac, as well as more recently podiumed at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and won the 49th Barcolana last year. Past Barcolana winners also include the Reichel/Pugh-designed 72’ Alfa Romeo, formerly Shockwave, which also won the Maxi Rolex Cup, Giraglia Race, Bermuda Race (multiple times), and the Caribbean 600.

About the Barcolana
The Barcolana was founded in 1969 thanks to the initiative of the yacht club Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano. It has always taken place on the second Sunday of October to end the season of the yacht club, and therefore its full name is Barcolana Autumn Cup Regatta. The race takes place on a 15-mile four-sided, fixed mark course. The starting line is between the Miramare Castle and the seat of the Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano and the finish line is in the waters just off Piazza Unità d’Italia. The race is notable for having the largest international fleet, this year with a record 2,689 boats on the starting line.

More Regatta History

All photography © Carlo Borlenghi / Studio Borlenghi

Shockwave Wins 2015 Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race (811nm)

February 9, 2015 · Posted by kate

MontegoBayRaceMontego Bay, Jamaica (February 9, 2015) – George Sakellaris’s  Reichel/Pugh-designed, McConaghy-built 72-foot Shockwave stormed through the Windward Passage in the wee hours on Feb. 8, taking aim to break the record set in 2005 by the 75-foot Reichel/Pugh Titan 12 of 2 days, 10 hours, 24 minutes, 42 seconds. Read More …

2014 Copa Del Rey Champions: Shockwave and HURAKAN

August 9, 2014 · Posted by kate




Palma de Mallorca, Spain (August 9, 2014) – The 33rd Copa del Rey MAPFRE finished today off the island of Mallorca. The Bay of Palma reaffirmed its reputation with good wind conditions throughout the week, and a bit more excitement on the final day with an irregular wind that reduced the sailing schedule to a single race. The King, H.R.M. King Felipe, presided over the official prize giving. Read More …

Reichel/Pugh 72′ Shockwave Triumphs at the 49th NEWPORT-BERMUDA RACE

June 23, 2014 · Posted by kate


Congratulations to the owners and crews of the Reichel/Pugh designed yachts competing in the 2014 NEWPORT to BERMUDA Ocean Race (635 nautical miles).

New York Yacht Club/Royal Bermuda Yacht Club (June 23rd 2014) – George Sakellaris’ R/P-designed/engineered and McConaghy-built 72’ Mini Maxi SHOCKWAVE  took fleet line honors and wins the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Trophy taking 1st Place Overall under both ORR and IRC.  SHOCKWAVE takes multiple silver, also snatching the Corporation of Hamilton Trophy for the first yacht to finish in fleet ( best elapsed time) and the North Rock Beacon Trophy for the best IRC corrected time in fleet. The latter, a silver replica of the 1960-1990 North Rock Light Tower that once warned mariners of the rocky approach to Bermuda from the North. Read More …

Reichel/Pugh 72′ Shockwave has won overall the RORC Caribbean 600

February 26, 2014 · Posted by kate


2014 Royal Ocean Racing Club CARIBBEAN 600
(600nm) / Antigua Yacht Club

(February 26, 2014) – George Sakellaris’ Reichel/Pugh designed and McConaghy built 72’ Mini Maxi Shockwave has won overall the RORC CARIBBEAN 600 for the best IRC corrected time in the sixty boat fleet. The 6th edition of this increasingly popular 600 nm classic started off Antigua on February 24th and covered a tough and exhilarating course around 11 islands before finishing off Antigua. Read More …

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