First weekend of the Primo Cup
This past weekend proved to be very competitive for all six classes participating in the 30th Primo Cup, sponsored by Credit Suisse, the first big regatta of the winter season off Monaco. The variable weather conditions made it difficult for some of the sailors, while proving very favorable those who ended up victorious in spite of the elements.
Swiss landslide victory
Out of the eight races only seven counted for the one-designs competition including Star, Dragon, Surprise and J/24. And only six were registered out of a total of seven in the two IRC categories. The clear winner from the start, Swiss Jean-Jacques Chabard with Team Vision Future dominated in the IRC 1&2 category, ahead of Frenchman Olivier Maubert with Esparlica 3 and Monaco resident Roberto Tamburelli with Forrest Gump III. There is no doubt that the Swiss had a superb regatta, with a double 1-2, not only in the Surprise class with Nicolas Groux in Signaterre, but also Lorenz Simmermann in Squalo Bianco VII. In the other categories, the Russian Anatoli Loginov on board Strange Little Girl, was the winner in the Dragons, ahead of Monegasque Michal Kurtz with Activists; the Frencham Adrien Follin, Give Me Five, in the IRC 3&4; and let’s not forget the victory of Greek Dimitrios Altisiadis with Evniki in the J/24. Also competing in this class were two teams from the Manhattan Yacht Club who came to take on the best European sailors.
Winners received Credit Suisse Trophy
The first three winners in each series received the coveted Credit Suisse Trophy and SLAM Advanced Technology Sportswear by Alain Ucari, CEO of Credit Suisse Monaco, in the presence of Italian actor Ezio Greggio, surrounded by members of the Yacht Club’s steering committee.
More to come
Next weekend (February 7-9) will be the turn to the SB20, Smeralda 888, J/70, Melges 20, Platu 25 and Longtze Premiers to take to the seas for another fierce and high-level competition. Stay tuned!
Photos courtesy of Carlo Borlenghi.