XXIXth Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse
Today was given the start of the second weekend of the 29th Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse in a well established 10 knots south-westerly wind, with beaming sunshine and calm sea, reaching 30 knots by the end of the day. Three races were started for the three one-design series (Smeralda 888s, SB20s and J/70s), whilst IRCs were given two races. An international set of competitors, with top level sailors totalling 47 entries, including Olympic Games sailors such as Jean-Baptiste Bernaz (10th rank at the London Olympic Games) and offshore seasoned sailors, such as Sébastien Col (winner during the Tour de France’s last edition)…
Experience paid off, the Race Committee and notably its mark layer Josh Warren, anticipated the buoys positions to let tacticians and skippers alike express themselves on the water.
Full marks, with three victories in all, for Socca Team, the Monegasque team, helmed by Guido Miani, who marks its leadership from the start with Extravaganza by Vertigo, with skipper Marco Salci and Mascalzone Latino, helmed by Achille Onorato.
In SB20s, John Pollard’s British team, hold the level quite high in front of Jean-Baptiste Bernaz’s family crew (2nd at the provisory general ranking) and in front of the Class’s President, Edward Russo aboard Black Magic.
New series in Monaco, voted Boat of the Year 2012, the J/70 has managed to seduce many young sailors. Fun and fast sailing this 7-meter keelboat has delivered all its promises in the Monegasque bay. On the results side, the Italian crew of Fremito d’Arja, lead the race by two wins out of the three races, followed very closely by Italian Spin One and Dutch Henri Lloyd, three top crew only 5 points away from each others.
In IRCs, with a longer race lay out of 8 nautical miles (as opposed to the traditional 5,5 nm for all other series), just two races were completed today. British Checkmate’s crew lead by Nigel Biggs leads by far in added time the entire series. Let’s pay tribute to Eleuthera’s second place, skippered by Marc Pajot and his two daughters, last edition’s winner. The impressive Speedy, winner in real time, does not manage to hold its ranking due to its rating, and is finishing 6th in the provisory general ranking.
Races start tomorrow at 10.00am.
SB20 class after 3 races)
1. John Pollard, John Pollard, (GBR) 4pts
2. Bernaz, Jean Baptiste Bernaz, (FRA) 7pts
3. Black Magic, Edward Russo, (FRA) 8pts