Ivica Kostelić and Darko Prižmić, by winning the thirtieth anniversary regatta Roma per Due on board “ACI 40”, solemnly started the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the foundation of ACI d.d., synonymous with Croatian sailing and the leader of the national nautical sector
One of the best Croatian athletes of all times, once a celebrated skiing Olympian, and today an excellent sailor and lover of the sea, Ivica Kostelić, who has traditionally been accompanied by ACI on his journey, is the winner of the jubilee thirtieth edition of the “Roma per Due” regatta. In the first regatta of this season, he was accompanied by his co-skipper Darko Prižmić, and after 3 days, 21 hours, 46 minutes and 47 seconds at sea and a total of 603 nautical miles covered, the s(p)ret duo was the first to cross the finish line of Riva di Traiano and crowned his performance at the first regatta of the season with victory.
Thanks to Ivica, ACI 40 went down in history and appropriately marked the jubilee 40th anniversary of ACI.
This year’s first regatta, the traditional “Roma per Uno – Roma per Due – Roma per Tutti”, which took place in the south of Italy, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, gathered 37 boats, mostly from Italy, France, Austria and Germany, as part of its thirtieth edition. The ship “ACI 40” was the only Croatian representative, and the national colors were proudly defended by the famous Croatian skier Ivica Kostelić and Darko Prižmić, the famous “sea wolf” from Orebić. The Croatian crew took the lead of the race from the beginning, which they did not let go until the very end, when they returned to the starting point – Riva di Traiano near Rome on April 19 at 9:39:19. The boat OPTIMUS PRIME SOLO named “ACI 40” escaped its first companion, who eventually took second place, the French Tintorello, by as much as 20 miles. This valuable result brought Ivica and Darko a victory in the 40 class, which is valid in the competition for the Mediterranean Championship, on which the celebrated Croatian Olympian puts his full focus this year. Upon reaching the finish line, Ivica expressed great satisfaction, mostly motivated by the fact that they led the regatta from start to finish, despite the bad conditions that greeted them at sea during the start and the first evening of the race.
ACI’s marinas as a starting point for new sailing victories
Ivica prepared for this year’s first regatta, but also for the rest of this promising season, among other things, in the ACI marinas Split and Dubrovnik, which he visited on that occasion and where the final preparations were made on his boat, which sails this season under the new name “ACI 40 “. It was the symbolism of the ship’s name that magnified this great victory, with which Ivica gave a special touch to the celebration of the 40th anniversary of ACI’s foundation. During his visit to the marinas, Ivica touched on his focus this season – the Mediterranean Championship, as part of which six regattas await him in the period from April to November, and he also highlighted the special features of ACI’s marinas, which is why he is always happy to return to all locations of the system of the largest chain of marinas in the Mediterranean . “It’s nice to stay in every ACI marina because the Adriatic is beautiful, and ACI marinas are an added decoration on the Adriatic coast. The marinas where I have moored my boats so far are well equipped and generally have a high standard at the world level”, Ivica points out.
After a magnificent victory at the first regatta of the season, Ivica Kostelić is waiting for the “Paprec 600” regatta in St. Tropez, but before leaving for France, Ivica will grace the second edition of the prestigious Swan Croatia Challenge with his presence, which will be held in Split from April 25 to 29. On his sailing journey along Ivica, ACI will continue to stand proudly, as it should – “The best with the best”.
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Photos: CNRT / A. Lelli