Primo Cup

Trophée Credit Suisse

1-3 & 8-10 February 2013
For almost 30 years, the European elite has been gathering in Monegasque waters at the beginning of February to take part in the Mediterranean yachting season’s biggest event in terms of the number of participants. With almost 1,000 sailors coming from all over Europe, representing some 15 nationalities, the Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco, is one of the most important winter events in Europe, marking the start of the international racing season.

In 2013 the event will be open to the following classes (with a minimum of seven entrants per class is required):

1st Week-end:         
J/80, B/One, Dragon, J/24, Melges 20, Platu 25, Surprise, Star & Longtze Premier

2nd Week-end:       
J/70, SB20, Smeralda 888, Esse 850, Melges 32, M34, X-35 & IRC Classe 1 to 4

An exceptional 50% discount on registration fees will be offered to mark the Yacht Club de Monaco's 60th anniversary.


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A glance back at the 28th edition



Photo gallery Primo Cup 2012




from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 February 2012 
A windy spectacle
Sunday 12 February - After the first weekend which saw five one-design series in action (Dragon, Surprise, J24, Star and Platu 25), Monaco bay provided similar challenging conditions for the three series registered this weekend - Longtze Premier, Smeralda 888 and the IRC class cruisers participating for the first time.
Over 100 teams from all over Europe braved the unusually wintery conditions for the 28th Primo Cup–Trophée Credit Suisse, with a cold but dry wind getting up over the three days. At the opening, the Yacht Club de Monaco’s President HSH Prince Albert II praised all the competitors’ determination.
Over the two weekends the wind came from all directions, like for example on the last day where the morning races set out in a stiff easterly breeze and finished late afternoon in a steady south-westerly.
Race Committee Chairman Thierry Leret set a challenging pace for the 240 competitors and 60 volunteers, with a succession of starts and alterations to the course to adapt to the changeable wind conditions. With races lasting under an hour and staggered, a total of four races could be held back to back.
The Smeralda 888s went to the wire on the final leg round the buoy in the last race. A slight delay in dropping the spinnaker on Mascalzone Latino gave victory to Bear Essentials, with François Brenac on tactics. This French-English crew sailing under the YCM flag achieved a rare double. Already victors the weekend before in the J24s, they clinched victory ahead of another YCM member. Already the European champion in the Melges 20 class, Guido Miani is definitely totally at ease whatever the series.
The most international class of the second weekend was the Longtze Premiers which again provided a fantastic spectacle whatever the conditions.
 “It was a great regatta with different teams winning the races and newcomers to the circuit. It was very interesting to see some of them clinch their first victories here in Monaco, reflecting the energy driving this class to get it going again,” observed Pierre Mas, initiator and coordinator of the class.
Proof of how tightly fought some of the battles were on the water, a single point separated second placed Ettocinque helmed by Alain Marchand, a Longzte Premier newcomer but six-time winner in the Primo Cup, from Tchikk in fifth helmed by the Brittany sailor Hugues Moulin, winner of the third race.
The overall winner was Laurent Abignolli, a first on the circuit for the man from Marseille who said at the prize-giving: “Despite the wind conditions, I am very happy to finally win a stage in the championship, after several months of hard work.”
Invited to take part for the first time in the Primo Cup, the IRC class cruisers did not hesitate to take up the challenge. “It is a rare opportunity to meet and compete against our neighbours and I would like to congratulate Monaco for this initiative, where the geographical position is a real asset,” said Jean-Claude Bertrand, responsible for the IRC in the Mediterranean for the UNCL.
For this first attempt, the experts in this series had answered the call, sailors like Beppe Zaoli on the GP42 Sweawonder 007 or Alberto Scapolo’s imposing Neera, not to mention Jean-Claude Bertrand and his A40 Tchin Tchin who had the bad luck to lose his mainsail in the first race.
Final victory went to the Saint-Tropez team on Midivoiles helmed by Marc Pajot, with his three daughters Zoé, Lea and Eve on tactics for the first time, having been in the vanguard throughout the weekend neck and neck with Cyril Baillie’s First 40 Sayann Madraco, helmed by a regular and past winner of the Primo Cup, Sylvain Chtounder.
Adrien Follin on his highly efficient Farr 30 Give me 5 took third place, making it a 100% Francophone podium despite the Italian armada.
Once again this year the first three crews in each series received items of clothing from SLAM’s Advanced Technology Sportswear line, with the winners in each series receiving a pair of waterproof binoculars with compass from Bernard Optic. Another highlight was the lucky draw for the gold ingot donated by Credit Suisse which was won by the crew on Vamos, a consolation prize for this three-time winner and Primo Cup defender in the Smeralda 888s.
The rendezvous for 2013 has already been set for the 29th edition which will take place 1-3 and 8-10 February. Significantly, the regatta will be registered as part of the IRC Mediterranean Championship with the target being to have 50 vessels on the water, and preparation for the J24 European Championship which will be organised in Monaco from 6 to 12 October 2013.
Congratulations to a well-deserved Monegasque win in the double-hander Transquadra by Blandine Médecin and Jean Rodelato aboard their Sun Fast 3200, between Cascais (Portugal) and Le Marin (Martinique).
Final Rankings:
Longtze Premiers after 5 races (4 counted)(11 registered)
1 – Laurent Abignoli, Tendrisse, France, 8pts
2 – Alain Marchand, Ettocinque, Switzerland, 12pts
3 – Jarmo Wieland, Shensu, Switzerland,12pts
IRCs after 5 races (4 counted)(16 registered)
1 – Michel Delsemme, Midivoiles, France, 8pts
2 – Cyril Baillie, Sayann Madraco, France, 9pts
3 – Adrien Follin, Give me 5, France,11pts
Smeralda 888s after 5 races (4 counted)(11 registered)
1 – Bear Essentials, Monaco, 5pts
2 – Guido Miani, Fire, Monaco, 9pts
3 – Achille Onorato, Mascalzone Latino, Italy, 15pts



from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 February 2012 
North wind blows on the Primo Cup...
Sunday 5 February 2012 - Strong breezes and bright sunshine marked the first weekend of the 28th Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse, which saw five very competitive series racing from Friday to Sunday: Dragon, Surprise, J24, Star and Platu 25.
Sixty-five international teams from all over Europe faced tough conditions, with winds up to 30 knots from the north-east to south-west, providing an excellent early start to the regatta season in demanding rather wintery conditions. “I take my hat off to all the participants, some of whom braved traffic problems caused by the wintery weather to get here, and while it was a bit chilly this year there was sunshine and wind in the bay of Monaco,” said a delighted Thierry Leret, Race Committee President, at the prize-giving when all the winning crews are presented with SLAM clothing and a pair of waterproof binoculars with compass from Bernard Optic.
No fewer than six races were held for the one-designs, still the best format for the most seasoned sailors when it comes to competing on a level playing field.
Apart from the Platu 25 class, dominated by the German Jens Ahlgrimm (Grün-Farrbarz) who raced to six easy victories, the other four series went to the wire with the overall winner being decided in the final race.
Dragons: Russian domination
The three Russian crews put on a great show throughout the weekend in this very international series where nine nations were represented.
These were delicate conditions for the Dragons with their slender hulls. It took three races before Primo Cup newcomer Dmitry Samokhin and his crew on Strange Little Girl adapted to the vagaries of Monaco sea conditions.
The Pirogovo Yacht Club member won the last three races just ahead of his two compatriots, the Muscovite Anatoly Loginov (Annapurna), who was still leading the class at the end of the fifth race ahead of Victor Fogelson (Sunflower).
Surprise: duel right up to the final few metres
In the best represented series, with 23 boats on the water, the majority coming from Switzerland, an overall winner did not emerge until the final race. A Société Nautique de Genève member, CER 3 Aprotec was third in the fifth race and crossed the line one little point ahead of his compatriots in Mirabaud 1 and CER2 Geneve Airport, both equal on points and in the vanguard throughout the weekend.
Among the leaders at the end of the second day, Olympic were not able to pull it off on the last day. “The very changeable wind conditions we had today took us quite by surprise. It’s a pity as we so wanted to get a better result for our sponsor, ERI, who is very involved in the Primo Cup organisation,” said a disappointed Gastone Farolfi.
J24: sights set on the J24 European Championship in Monaco in 2013
With several series dominated by the “northerners” it was good to see the “southerners” clinch victory in the J24s. The crew from St Andrews Securities, with François Brenac as tactitian, fought off the attacks by the Swede Marianne Schoke and her team on Julia. “I’ve been competing regularly in the Primo Cup for the last seven or eight years with members of the Yacht Club de Monaco. The Primo is a fantastic event to kick-start the season and prepare for the big regattas later in the year. And I am delighted to learn that Monaco will be hosting the J24 European Championship from 6 to 12 October 2013,” said Marianne, who is also president of the European Class Association.
Topo Too, helmed by Claude Rodelato, finished third but the skipper was very satisfied with the result. He had a totally new team who came together specially for the Primo, as his brother Jean and Blandine Medecin are currently among the leaders of the Transquadra double-handed transatlantic between Cascais (Portugal) and Le Marin (Martinique).
Star: neck and neck in the Olympic class
The Stars were back in the Primo Cup after a four-year absence, with victory at the finish going to Filippo Orlando (Acciuga) in the last race having been tied on points and victories with the Swiss Urs Infanger (Kalafati). The Stars were very comfortable today, even overtaking the Dragons who had started five minutes earlier. Only a few seconds separated the first from the last on the finish line.
All eyes on the second week-end
A very high standard of competition is expected for the second weekend of the 28th Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse, with four other series due to take part, namely 13 Longtze Premiers, 11 Smeralda 888s, 7 Esse 850s and more than 20 IRC cruisers coming to race for the first time in the Principality.
The dates have already been announced for the 29th edition: 1-3 and 8-10 February 2013.