This will be a day to remember for the 450 sailors competing in the 36th Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse, Monaco Yacht Club’s Isabelle Andrieux wrote on Friday, February 7.

“It’s exceptional to have a hundred boats in February,” said a delighted Bernard d’Alessandri, the Yacht Club’s General Secretary. “Coming to the Primo Cup has become a reflex for crews from all over the world.” And indeed, there were nearly 20 nations out there on the race area.

At sea it was like a postcard, with beautiful conditions: a steady 10-15 knot south-westerly on a flat sea in brilliant sunshine which saw three fiercely fought races completed for the whole fleet.

The meeting provided a tailormade prelude to the J/70 World Championship due to be held in Monaco from October 18-23, 2021, with 15 nations and 61 teams having answered the call to this winter classic.

Title holder Ludovico Fassitelli (Junda) had the bit between his teeth from the start commenting: “You have to be constantly on the alert, always on the lookout without ever lowering your guard”. The YCM helmsman is taking full advantage of this event to fine tune his preparations: “Obviously we want to win, but at the same time we are trialling new sails to decide which to use for the Worlds.”

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Monaco Yacht Club PHOTO: ©Carlo Borlenghi