XIVth  Palermo-Montecarlo
21 – 26 August

 

In crossing the finish first on Thursday 23rd August at 7.34pm, the crew on Rambler 88 added a second line honours win to their Palermo-Montecarlo trophy tally. Posting a time of 55 hours 34 minutes 30 seconds, George David’s mono-hull led by four-time America’s Cup winner Brad Butterworth took first place in real time.

 

 

They won the Palermo Montecarlo Trofeo Tasca d’Almerita trophy, but without having beaten the record held since 2015 by the 100-ft Maxi Esimit Europe 2 of 47 hours 46 minutes 48 seconds.

First in corrected time and winner of the Trofeo Angelo Randazzo trophy was Tonnerre de Glen helmed by Dominique Tian.

 

 

A good hand from the start

 

Rambler 88 will have played their cards right on the long passage up the Sardinian coast after the start, given on Tuesday in the Gulf of Mondello by YCM President HSH Prince Albert II, alongside YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri, and Agostino Randazzo, President of Circolo della Vela Sicilia.

Despite tricky conditions announced for the first 48 hours, the mono-hull extended her lead over the competition after passing the passage gate on route to victory. It was not an easy race as conditions made navigation difficult.

 

 

War of nerves

 

It was all down to the final hours of Wednesday around 10.00pm. Becalmed in a windless zone off  Portofino, George David’s Rambler 88 extricated themselves from an east option that could have cost them dear. Relegated to 2nd place it was time to end a nerve-wracking night as the American boat finally took back control of the race, leaving Bryon Ehrhart’s Lucky in her wake. The 22m posed a serious threat for first place having chosen a route further offshore.

 

Downwind, alert to the slightest breeze, there was no respite for crews on the interminable battle up the Corsican coast. On their tail, the only catamaran in the race, Ad Maiora, picked up valuable speed on exiting the Strait of Bonifacio, nibbling away at the miles to close in on the leaders throughout Wednesday night into Thursday. The 1988 multi-hull pulled out all the stops, but without counting on the tenacity of a close rival. In the end, Ad Maioro conceded her place on the podium to Atalanta II who overtook north of Corsica to come 3rd in real time.

 

 

A classic that stays young

 

This 500 nautical mile race has been organised by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, in collaboration with the Yacht Club de Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda since 2004 and is one of the stages on the International Maxi Association (IMA) calendar. Another satisfying edition according to Circolo della Vela Sicilia President, Agostino Randazzo: “Time has no hold on this meeting as evidenced by the growing number of participants and an ever-higher level. With 53 teams and 10 nations represented, the 14th edition fulfilled all our expectations.”

 

 

It may have become a classic, yet the meeting remains open to new initiatives. This year a team of young sailors tackled the course on a First 50 Freedom, under the aegis of the Sailing Youth Offshore Academy U25. This is an initiative of the YCM’s La Belle Classe Academy, the goal of which is to train up yachting professionals and support new vocations through its Sailing department.

 

 

The five crew members from the YCM’s Sports Section and three youngsters from Circolo dela Vela Sicilia were supervised by two coaches, one from each club. Freedom finished an excellent 17th place in real time out of 52 boats. “Despite one breakage, we kept our heads and hung in there,” said project supervisor Thierry Leret. “The youngsters were totally committed and there was a tremendous sense of energy and purpose on board.” The crew will be back together in a few weeks time for Les Voiles de Saint Tropez.

 

A date for the 15th Palermo-Montecarlo has already been set: 21-25 August 2019.

 

 

>> RESULTS

 

XIVth  Palermo-Montecarlo
21 – 26 August

 

In crossing the finish first on Thursday 23rd August at 7.34pm, the crew on Rambler 88 added a second line honours win to their Palermo-Montecarlo trophy tally. Posting a time of 55 hours 34 minutes 30 seconds, George David’s mono-hull led by four-time America’s Cup winner Brad Butterworth took first place in real time.

 

 

They won the Palermo Montecarlo Trofeo Tasca d’Almerita trophy, but without having beaten the record held since 2015 by the 100-ft Maxi Esimit Europe 2 of 47 hours 46 minutes 48 seconds.

First in corrected time and winner of the Trofeo Angelo Randazzo trophy was Tonnerre de Glen helmed by Dominique Tian.

 

 

A good hand from the start

 

Rambler 88 will have played their cards right on the long passage up the Sardinian coast after the start, given on Tuesday in the Gulf of Mondello by YCM President HSH Prince Albert II, alongside YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri, and Agostino Randazzo, President of Circolo della Vela Sicilia.

Despite tricky conditions announced for the first 48 hours, the mono-hull extended her lead over the competition after passing the passage gate on route to victory. It was not an easy race as conditions made navigation difficult.

 

 

War of nerves

 

It was all down to the final hours of Wednesday around 10.00pm. Becalmed in a windless zone off  Portofino, George David’s Rambler 88 extricated themselves from an east option that could have cost them dear. Relegated to 2nd place it was time to end a nerve-wracking night as the American boat finally took back control of the race, leaving Bryon Ehrhart’s Lucky in her wake. The 22m posed a serious threat for first place having chosen a route further offshore.

 

Downwind, alert to the slightest breeze, there was no respite for crews on the interminable battle up the Corsican coast. On their tail, the only catamaran in the race, Ad Maiora, picked up valuable speed on exiting the Strait of Bonifacio, nibbling away at the miles to close in on the leaders throughout Wednesday night into Thursday. The 1988 multi-hull pulled out all the stops, but without counting on the tenacity of a close rival. In the end, Ad Maioro conceded her place on the podium to Atalanta II who overtook north of Corsica to come 3rd in real time.

 

 

A classic that stays young

 

This 500 nautical mile race has been organised by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, in collaboration with the Yacht Club de Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda since 2004 and is one of the stages on the International Maxi Association (IMA) calendar. Another satisfying edition according to Circolo della Vela Sicilia President, Agostino Randazzo: “Time has no hold on this meeting as evidenced by the growing number of participants and an ever-higher level. With 53 teams and 10 nations represented, the 14th edition fulfilled all our expectations.”

 

 

It may have become a classic, yet the meeting remains open to new initiatives. This year a team of young sailors tackled the course on a First 50 Freedom, under the aegis of the Sailing Youth Offshore Academy U25. This is an initiative of the YCM’s La Belle Classe Academy, the goal of which is to train up yachting professionals and support new vocations through its Sailing department.

 

 

The five crew members from the YCM’s Sports Section and three youngsters from Circolo dela Vela Sicilia were supervised by two coaches, one from each club. Freedom finished an excellent 17th place in real time out of 52 boats. “Despite one breakage, we kept our heads and hung in there,” said project supervisor Thierry Leret. “The youngsters were totally committed and there was a tremendous sense of energy and purpose on board.” The crew will be back together in a few weeks time for Les Voiles de Saint Tropez.

 

A date for the 15th Palermo-Montecarlo has already been set: 21-25 August 2019.

 

 

>> RESULTS