The 55th edition of the Barcolana, which attracts more entries than virtually any other sailing race in the world, has been the latest in a string of major events to sign a sponsorship deal with Highfield Boats. Highfield, in association with Burin Boats, has provided a fleet of inflatable RIBs for on-the-water support at the spectacle whose 2023 edition hosted over 1800 entries last Sunday 8th October on Italy’s Gulf of Trieste.
The Barcolana joins an impressive line-up of global events partnered by Highfield RIB fleets. Most recently the company’s Official Supporter status was confirmed between Highfield France and the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games with an unprecedented 90-plus boats to be delivered for a range of roles. Highfield Boats is also proud to have had their fleets used by security, press, photographers and the race organisations at the Vendée Globe, the Route Du Rhum and a host of international yachting events like the Extreme Sailing Series and TP52 circuit.
Throughout Barcolana Week the fleet of eighteen Highfield boats equipped with Honda engines were used for press, hospitality and the organisation of the race. The RIBs included Highfield’s Sport and Patrol models ranging from the 660 to the 900. Customised especially for Barcolana 55, the exclusive RIBs now go on to new owners and while most are pre-sold some are still available.
Mathilde Delfour, Managing Director of Highfield Europe comments: “The Barcolana is one of the highlights of the European racing calendar for thousands of yachting enthusiasts. We are very proud to have this amazing opportunity to showcase our range to them and to demonstrate the capabilities that Highfield Boats is renowned for.”
“Having our fleets present at the great racing events of the world truly demonstrates the trust that top regatta organisers have in Highfield Boats. Our RIBs are chosen by professional race management teams for their known capabilities in every type of sea condition, providing a fast yet stable and comfortable platform for the race officials and every type of on-the-water function.”
“As previously we are once again pairing the Highfield brand with an organisation that shares our values of hard work and excellence while delivering quality but remembering that the ultimate goal is about enjoying time on the water.”