The absolute winner of this exciting edition of the Palermo-Montecarlo regatta is the Ice 52 Primavista Lauria, the boat of the Rowing Club of Lauria with a very high level crew set up by Gabriele Bruni, absent because engaged in Japan with the Olympic team in the Enoshima test event (he is the coach of the Nacra 17 catamaran), and by the skipper Gaetano Figlia di Granara. On board the 52 'Primavista, which won the Angelo Randazzo Trophy for overall victory in the ORC International group (the largest in the fleet), sailors of the caliber of Sandro Montefusco, Matteo Ivaldi, Andrea Caracci and the Sicilian Giuseppe Leonardi and Mario Noto , a world-class team, the protagonist of a tactically perfect regatta. "It was a very difficult Palermo-Montecarlo, but we did well to overcome all the pitfalls of the course – especially in the final part of the race – and take home the Angelo Randazzo Trophy, which was our primary goal" , the first words of the skipper Granara.
The other winner of the offshore regatta organized by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, with the collaboration of the Yacht Club de Monaco and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, which officially ended today with the arrival of the last boats of the fleet, is the Maxi Vera of Miguel Galuccio who won the Giuseppe Tasca D'Almerita Trophy. The magnificent 82 'with the legendary Dutch skipper Bouwe Bekking on board (8 laps of the world in crew on his shoulders) and the blue of London 2012 Michele Regolo, instead won the Giuseppe Tasca d'Almerita Trophy as the first hull at the finish line of Montecarlo, Saturday August 24th at 5:13 am, after having closed the almost 500 miles of the route in two days, 17 hours and 13 minutes.
"We raced well and I'm happy with the result," Argentine shipowner Miguel Galuccio said at the end of the race. "We have been good in many respects, but what I appreciated most was seeing the crew working as a real team. But the person who deserves a special mention is Aksel Maghdal, our navigator, exceptional in interpreting the difficult weather conditions in the best possible way ".
At the finish line also the former Croatian ski champion Ivica Kostelic aboard the Class 40 Croatia Full of Life Ola, literally bewitched by the Palermo-Montecarlo (“A beautiful race, very hard for the conditions faced, but exceptional: we are really happy to have it ended and we will do everything to be there in the future ", he declared as soon as he arrived in Montecarlo), and Zeneha Takesha from Natale Lia, with the young sailors from the Circolo della Vela Sicilia on board.
"It was a long and difficult edition of the Palermo-Montecarlo due to the great heat and the light wind, but extraordinarily exciting from the first to the last mile", says the President of the Circolo della Vela Sicilia Agostino Randazzo. "Congratulations to all: regardless of the result, concluding the Palermo-Montecarlo always deserves a round of applause, which I also want to address to the clubs that support us in the organization – the Yacht Club de Monaco for its extraordinary welcome on arrival and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda for the perfect management of the gate in Porto Cervo – to the partners who support us with passion and to the whole team of my club ”.
The other trophies of the XV Palermo-Montecarlo, delivered in the late afternoon during the award ceremony at the Yacht Club de Monaco, were won by Melagodo by Massiliano Mencacci (first ORCi and IRC at the gate of Porto Cervo, first IRCB and ORCiB in Montecarlo), Pegasus by Francesco Conforto (first IRCx2 both in Porto Cervo and Montecarlo), Leaps & Bounds by Jean Philippe Blanpain (first IRCA) and Met White Walwes (first multicock MOCRA).
In addition to the Randazzo Trophy, awarded to the winner by Paola and Marina Randazzo, Primavista Lauria won the success in ORCiA and the Sicilian Yacht Challenge Emanuele Bruno, while the Maxi Vera, in addition to having received the Tasca Trophy from the hands of Giuseppe Tasca, has also achieved success in IRC overall and for the first Maxi Yacht at the finish line.
Particularly appreciated by the participants were the numerous tributes presented by the partners of the Conti Tasca d'Almerita regatta and Premiati Oleifici Barbera, the latter represented in Montecarlo by Giulia Adragna, head of the company's foreign sector (Americas) and grandson of the Sole Director Manfredi Barbera.
Stage of the Italian Offshore Championship of the Italian Sailing Federation and of the Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge of the IMA, the Palermo-Montecarlo was organized by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia with the collaboration of the Yacht Club de Monaco and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, and the support of the Municipality of Palermo, of the Sicilian Regional Assembly, of the Sicily Foundation, of the Conti Tasca d'Almerita and Premiati Oleifici Barbera partners, and of the technical sponsors Gesap and R. Motorori Toyota and Visiva.
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