33rd PRIMO CUP – Trophée Credit Suisse

2-5 February 2017 : Star, Smeralda 888, Melges 20, J70 et M32

 

Final day for the hundred-odd international teams in Monaco to participate in the 33rd Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse. The 400 sailors representing 16 nations and divided into five one-design classes will go home happy after three intensive days of racing. If rain tried to delay play, it was not enough to cool the ardour of those on the water, delighted to be in the thick of the action. For Yacht Club de Monaco General Secretary, Bernard d’Alessandri, there was satisfaction: “It is always a pleasure to see so many seasoned and amateur sailors racing in the Principality. It was an excellent turnout and we had ideal conditions every day, so I am delighted it has been a success.” The regatta, which for the last 30 years has rewarded all crew in the top three teams in each class with SLAM Advanced Technology Sportswear, has not aged one bit since its launch.

 

 

J/70 (50 registered): a samba knees-up

Clean starts, masterly marks, impeccable control on downwind manoeuvres and smiles from ear-to-ear at the finish. Yes, the Brazilians on Mandachuva really enjoyed themselves at this Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse. “It was a wonderful regatta. The level was high and there was everything to play for,” said helmsman, Mario Soerensen Garcia. The team blew away their rivals on the downwind legs, keeping the boat flat and exploiting the waves for surfing. By winning every race, they left Frenchman Adrien Follin (Give me Five) no chance but 2nd in the final ranking, 9 points adrift. As for local Ludovico Fassitelli (Junda Banca del Sempione), European Vice-Champion and Yacht Club de Monaco member, he made a spectacular come-back to clinch 3rd place. A reminder that for the fleet this is their Act 4 in the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, with the grand finale set for 3-5 March in Monaco.

 

 

Melges 20 (16 registered): victory by a whisker

It went down to the wire between the top three in the Melges 20. Up until the final race, the Neapolitan Achille Onorato (Mascalzone Latino) could not have predicted his victory, as a pugnacious Matteo Marenghi Vaselli (Raya) from the Yacht Club de Monaco was hard on his heels. They finished equal on points followed closely by International Melges 20 Class Association President, Manfredi Vianini Tolomei (Maolca).

 

M32 (5 registered): Swedes triumph

The Swedish on Flux Team helmed by Johnie Berntsson snatched victory on the final day of racing, pipping Riccardo Simoneschi’s Italia Sailing Team into 2nd place to win the event after nine races. After a fierce battle against Monegasque Guido Miani (Team Neverland), Patrik Sturesson (Cape Crow Vikings) was three points ahead to take 3rd place in the 33rd Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse, the first time this event has hosted these spectacular all-carbon catamarans.

 

 

Star (17 registered): Italian class

In the Stars, victory went to the Italian Roberto Benamati, 1991 World Champion, who proved once again what a master he is in this class. The Swede Tom Lofstedt pulled out all the stops to hoist himself into 2nd place, ahead of rival the German Reinhard Shmidt. The Primo Cup is also the second stage of the European winter circuit for this former Olympic class. Congratulations to Monegasque Filippo Orlando’s 5th place, who proved his mettle against highly experienced teams, as proven by his 3rd place in one race.

 

Smeralda 888 (8 registered): not a done deal for these gentlemen

A polite truce between gentlemen in the Smeralda 888s, the only class where the owner must be at the helm. Valter Pizzoli, owner of Ange Transparent, accompanied by Beppe Zaoli, won the day, winning five of the seven races in style. He was followed by Timofey Sukhotin (Beda), a Primo Cup regular, then Vamos Mi Amor belonging to Charles de Bourbon des Deux-Siciles, sailing with Frederic Bourguet Maurice.

 

Next edition of the Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse: 1-4 & 8-11 February 2018.

 

Results >>

 

Photos >>

 

33rd PRIMO CUP – Trophée Credit Suisse

2-5 February 2017 : Star, Smeralda 888, Melges 20, J70 et M32

 

Final day for the hundred-odd international teams in Monaco to participate in the 33rd Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse. The 400 sailors representing 16 nations and divided into five one-design classes will go home happy after three intensive days of racing. If rain tried to delay play, it was not enough to cool the ardour of those on the water, delighted to be in the thick of the action. For Yacht Club de Monaco General Secretary, Bernard d’Alessandri, there was satisfaction: “It is always a pleasure to see so many seasoned and amateur sailors racing in the Principality. It was an excellent turnout and we had ideal conditions every day, so I am delighted it has been a success.” The regatta, which for the last 30 years has rewarded all crew in the top three teams in each class with SLAM Advanced Technology Sportswear, has not aged one bit since its launch.

 

 

J/70 (50 registered): a samba knees-up

Clean starts, masterly marks, impeccable control on downwind manoeuvres and smiles from ear-to-ear at the finish. Yes, the Brazilians on Mandachuva really enjoyed themselves at this Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse. “It was a wonderful regatta. The level was high and there was everything to play for,” said helmsman, Mario Soerensen Garcia. The team blew away their rivals on the downwind legs, keeping the boat flat and exploiting the waves for surfing. By winning every race, they left Frenchman Adrien Follin (Give me Five) no chance but 2nd in the final ranking, 9 points adrift. As for local Ludovico Fassitelli (Junda Banca del Sempione), European Vice-Champion and Yacht Club de Monaco member, he made a spectacular come-back to clinch 3rd place. A reminder that for the fleet this is their Act 4 in the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, with the grand finale set for 3-5 March in Monaco.

 

 

Melges 20 (16 registered): victory by a whisker

It went down to the wire between the top three in the Melges 20. Up until the final race, the Neapolitan Achille Onorato (Mascalzone Latino) could not have predicted his victory, as a pugnacious Matteo Marenghi Vaselli (Raya) from the Yacht Club de Monaco was hard on his heels. They finished equal on points followed closely by International Melges 20 Class Association President, Manfredi Vianini Tolomei (Maolca).

 

M32 (5 registered): Swedes triumph

The Swedish on Flux Team helmed by Johnie Berntsson snatched victory on the final day of racing, pipping Riccardo Simoneschi’s Italia Sailing Team into 2nd place to win the event after nine races. After a fierce battle against Monegasque Guido Miani (Team Neverland), Patrik Sturesson (Cape Crow Vikings) was three points ahead to take 3rd place in the 33rd Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse, the first time this event has hosted these spectacular all-carbon catamarans.

 

 

Star (17 registered): Italian class

In the Stars, victory went to the Italian Roberto Benamati, 1991 World Champion, who proved once again what a master he is in this class. The Swede Tom Lofstedt pulled out all the stops to hoist himself into 2nd place, ahead of rival the German Reinhard Shmidt. The Primo Cup is also the second stage of the European winter circuit for this former Olympic class. Congratulations to Monegasque Filippo Orlando’s 5th place, who proved his mettle against highly experienced teams, as proven by his 3rd place in one race.

 

Smeralda 888 (8 registered): not a done deal for these gentlemen

A polite truce between gentlemen in the Smeralda 888s, the only class where the owner must be at the helm. Valter Pizzoli, owner of Ange Transparent, accompanied by Beppe Zaoli, won the day, winning five of the seven races in style. He was followed by Timofey Sukhotin (Beda), a Primo Cup regular, then Vamos Mi Amor belonging to Charles de Bourbon des Deux-Siciles, sailing with Frederic Bourguet Maurice.

 

Next edition of the Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse: 1-4 & 8-11 February 2018.

 

Results >>

 

Photos >>