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10/18/2011 04:40 pm ET Updated Dec 18, 2011

Barcolana Regatta 2011: Hundreds Of Boats Take Part In Annual Sailing Race Off Italy's Coast (PHOTOS)

Nearly 2,000 boats made their way through the waters of the Gulf of Trieste in an attempt to win the 43rd annual Barcolana Regatta on Oct. 9.

Dubbed the largest single-start regatta in the world, the Regatta attracts thousands of spectators, as hundreds of crews attempt to maneuver through the 16.5-mile course, PR Newswire reports. The event takes place on the second Sunday of October.

This year's winner, the Esimit Europa 2, finished the race in just under an hour. The yacht's crew comprised sailors from six different countries, according to the report.

Click through the slideshow below to view photos of the Regatta through the years.

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