XVth édition de la Palermo-Montecarlo
21-26 août 2019

 

The stunning Gulf of Mondello was the backdrop at midday for the start of the 15th Palermo-Montecarlo. This 500 nautical mile offshore race follows the old route taken by Phoenician ships and has attracted an international field of 60 boats (10 nations), crewed by 500 sailors. A record turn-out!

Launched in 2005 on the initiative of Angelo Randazzo and organised by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, Challenger of Record for the next America’s Cup, in partnership with the Yacht Club de Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the Palermo-Montecarlo has established itself as one of the big offshore meetings in the Mediterranean. This year again it constitutes a stage on the International Maxi Association (IMA) calendar.

 

 

“Amazing to think 15 years has passed, not just of competition but friendship and involvement with the Circolo della Vela Sicilia and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, two very active clubs with whom we are proud to be twinned. The Palermo-Montecarlo has become an offshore classic in the Mediterranean, as proven by the ever-increasing number of participants,” comments Bernard d’Alessandri, Yacht Club de Monaco General Secretary.

 

The Italian Maxi Adelasia di Torres had the best start ahead of compatriot Ad Maiora, the French boat Arobas 2 and the VOR 70 Ambersail. Competitors must pass through a mandatory gate mid-way off the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia where, dependent on weather conditions, they have a choice of sailing up the east or west coast of Corsica, a crucial decision that often determines the winner. They then head for Monaco.

 

For some it’s an enjoyable cruiser-race with family and friends, while others have their sights set on breaking the record, held since 2015 by the Maxi 100ft Esimit Europa 2, of 47 hours 46 minutes and 48 seconds.

To follow the race live:

XVth édition de la Palermo-Montecarlo
21-26 août 2019

 

The stunning Gulf of Mondello was the backdrop at midday for the start of the 15th Palermo-Montecarlo. This 500 nautical mile offshore race follows the old route taken by Phoenician ships and has attracted an international field of 60 boats (10 nations), crewed by 500 sailors. A record turn-out!

Launched in 2005 on the initiative of Angelo Randazzo and organised by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, Challenger of Record for the next America’s Cup, in partnership with the Yacht Club de Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the Palermo-Montecarlo has established itself as one of the big offshore meetings in the Mediterranean. This year again it constitutes a stage on the International Maxi Association (IMA) calendar.

 

 

“Amazing to think 15 years has passed, not just of competition but friendship and involvement with the Circolo della Vela Sicilia and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, two very active clubs with whom we are proud to be twinned. The Palermo-Montecarlo has become an offshore classic in the Mediterranean, as proven by the ever-increasing number of participants,” comments Bernard d’Alessandri, Yacht Club de Monaco General Secretary.

 

The Italian Maxi Adelasia di Torres had the best start ahead of compatriot Ad Maiora, the French boat Arobas 2 and the VOR 70 Ambersail. Competitors must pass through a mandatory gate mid-way off the Costa Smeralda in Sardinia where, dependent on weather conditions, they have a choice of sailing up the east or west coast of Corsica, a crucial decision that often determines the winner. They then head for Monaco.

 

For some it’s an enjoyable cruiser-race with family and friends, while others have their sights set on breaking the record, held since 2015 by the Maxi 100ft Esimit Europa 2, of 47 hours 46 minutes and 48 seconds.

To follow the race live: