Primo Cup -Trophée Crédit Suisse SB20 – Jan 30th –Feb 1st 2015
What an opening of the international one-design sailing season 2015 with the launching of
the 31st Primo Cup in Monaco!
The SB20 class was both grateful and impressed by the Monaco Yacht Club and its magnificent new Yacht Club building, which provided competitors and public with both great sailing, and an extremely friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The famous international sailing event gathered more than 400 top-level crew members on 92 boats (all 6 different series included), with the SB20 Class standing out with 22 competitors from 8 different nations (Bel-Fra-Gbr-Ita-Mon-Ned-Rus-Sui)!
Thank you all for your presence and active participation!
Congratulations to the British crew, John POLLARD, Rob SMITH and Steve PROCTOR, from Royal Torbay, Great Britain, for their ‘Xcellent’’ performance, winning the 1st place with 9 points; closely followed (3 points!) by thevery promising French team FFV Jeunes Talents SB20, lead by Robin FOLLIN, Yvan TELLIER, Eymeric MICHEL and Pauline FAUROUX, while the 3rd place was taken by Kirill FROLOV, Alexey MURASHFIN, and Egor IGNATENRO on board MELSTOM TEAM from SPBYC – Russia. Finally, with an equal number of points, Black Magic, lead by Ed RUSSO, Gilles FAVENNEC and Fabien HENRY , finishing 4th.
Also note the 11th place overall of the crew that came 1st in the Women ranking. Let’s hope for the trend to spread so as to see more women crew taking up the challenge!
As for the actual races, unfortunately, the uncertain and quickly changing weather conditions did not enable the race officers to complete more than 3 races, all of which taking place on the last day of the championship! On Friday, the race comittee was lead to cancel all races for the day, due to a strong westerly wind, with gusts up to 37 knots!
On Saturday, the very opposite happened… After waiting for stable winds for a good part of the day, the race committee attempted a first start around 4pm. 2 general recalls, a last attempt under Black flag but by then the wind was gone for the day. Back to the harbour… With no race registered after 2 days of championship, all was to be played on the very last day!
Fortunately, the ambiance and culinary quality of the Crew Pasta Party on that night, helped everyone look forward to it!
The third and last day finally saw some interesting racing. A relatively low and shifty wind enabled the sailors to compete and score over 3 races. Sailing was intense and made trickier by the difficult wind conditions, the swell remaining from Day 1, and quite a strong current.
All crews left looking forward to the upcoming events, the next one being Cannes Monotypes Sailing Cup from March 6th to 8th 2015, Yacht Club de Cannes – Palm Beach, France.