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At the first race of this year's autumn racing season, the European-flagged Esimit Europa 2 was again first across the finish line at the Diplomatic Regatta, which takes place every second Saturday of September in Izola. The race committee decided to shorten the regatta due to lack of wind and finish the race after the second round, so it took the crew one hour, 18 minutes and 19 seconds to achieve its 31st line honours victory.
As is tradition for the Diplomatic Regatta, the crew members are joined by guests representing diplomatic and consular missions accredited in Slovenia, along with representatives of the Slovenian ministries and the Government. The multinational Esimit Sailing Team welcomed onboard Ambassador of Germany in Slovenia, dr. Anna Elisabeth Prinz. “This is an excellent opportunity for us to be able to join the teams on board the boats, meet friends and get to know new people. Particullarly, I am glad that I was onboard this truly European boat with sailors from so many different countries,” she said after the race.
“This is another victory for us, but because it is a diplomatic race, it is even more important that we are here to promote the message of friendship and cooperation between different nations and countries - this is the key mission of this regatta,” said Igor Simčič, founder of the Esimit Europa project.
This year spectators enjoyed the 12th edition of this unique race at the regatta field between Slovenian cities Izola and Koper. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia is the honorary sponsor of the regatta and its organizing committee comprises members of the diplomatic corps and the Sailing Club Veter.