Esimit Europa Facebook
Esimit Europa Twitter
Esimit Europa Newsletter
Esimit Europa Blog
Esimit Europa YouTube
View photo Hide photo
More than just an Outstanding Sailing Project

About the Esimit Europa Project

More than just an Outstanding Sailing Project

The Esimit Europa project started as a visionary idea of sailing as a symbol of unity and cooperation between two border cities in 1995. Since then, it sailed a long way forward.
Patronaged by the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and endorsed by numerous European diplomats, the Esimit Europa’s yacht is the only boat in the world to sail under the European flag and one of the few – if not the only – sport symbols all Europeans can recognise themselves in.
Attracting growing support from both the worlds of diplomacy and business, Esimit Europa today provides a great platform for dialogue about crucial issues for the development of our societies. The yacht furthermore acts as ambassador of the European Energy online movement, which motivates people to focus their energy on actions that will improve our life in the future.
Esimit Europa 2 is thus not only “one of the fastest and technologically most advanced yachts in the world”. Most definitely, it is the maxi yacht with the most impressive achievements, as it so far took line honours at all the attended regattas. But this is only the top of the iceberg, or the summit of the hull, as you like it.
One Vision ONE VISION - Joining all Europeans together on the same boat
In Esimit Europa, we strongly believe that a united Europe is the key for a more prosperous and righteous future. Throughout the last decades, cooperation among European countries has been brought forward in many fields. However, it is widely recognised that what a united Europe is lacking the most is a common identity. Sport is one of the most powerful identity factors, but a sport team representing the whole European continent is extremely rare to find, if not impossible. With Esimit Europa, Europeans finally have their sport team – and a winning one. In 2010 – 2012 seasons, the Esimit Europa 2 yacht has provided 19 consecutive victories, 19 ocassions for Europeans to cheer for their continent and to see the European flag climb upon the highest step of the podium.
ONE PROJECT - Connecting the worlds of diplomacy, business and sports
Founded in 1995, the Esimit Europa project started as a visionary idea by Igor Simčič. From a project uniting the cities of Nova Gorica (Slovenia) and Gorizia (Italy), it strived to enhance the relations between an Italian region (Friuli-Venezia Giulia) and the Republic of Slovenia, passing on to represent all European countries. Today, Esimit Europa’s vision grew broader in its scope, advocating for Pan-European cooperation. The project provides a platform for Pan-European dialogue in both the diplomatic and the business spheres, in the belief that this is the way to Europe’s success.
One Project
One Boat ONE BOAT - Combining a common endeavour and high technology to sail beyond boundaries
High technology, clean energy, team spirit: these are the main features of a successful sailing boat, and they are also among Esimit Europa’s main values. The 30-meter yacht is one of the most technologically advanced of the world, but without a crew of great champions and – most importantly – team players, no success would have been possible to achieve. The Esimit Europa project took its roots from the best sailing values of cooperation, innovation and competitiveness, and reshaped them into a message that goes beyond the sailing world.
ONE TEAM - Cooperating over land and sea to accomplish Europe’s potential
Synergy is the key to success: our crew showed it at sea. The project’s unifying effort is now proving it on shore as well: the Esimit Europa project grew from uniting two cities (Nova Gorizia and Gorizia), to uniting two parts of Europe (Slovenia and Italian region Friuli-Venezia Giulia), to representing the whole European Union (sailing under the European flag) and to pioneering an age of Pan-European cooperation today. At every step, important occasions of encounter were provided and collaboration among the parties was enhanced. In the light of this experience, Esimit Europa strongly reasserts that united is better.
One Team
One Flag ONE FLAG - Representing the European Union and promoting Pan-European collaboration
Esimit Europa is the only boat in the world to sail under the European flag. Former President of the European Parliament Pat Cox granted this privilege to the project in 2002. After that, the support by high-level European diplomatic figures increased year by year: most notably, Esimit Europa 2 sails under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso and is supposted by the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. In recent years, the message of friendship and collaboration was extended beyond EU borders, working increasingly in a Pan-European perspective.
ONE EUROPE - Empowering Europe to become the global force of the 21st century
The ultimate goal: empowering Europe. At Esimit Europa, we have been proudly representing the European Union for almost a decade. We have been part of the creation of a European identity, helped to strengthen diplomatic relations and promoted business collaboration. This message is now reaching a further stage, by connecting the countries of the whole European continent.
One Europe


Quick Facts & Figures