Events07 August 2018

Palermo-Montecarlo race, the great offshore sailing classic of the Mediterranean [Video & photo gallery]

Regatta scheduled from 21st till 26th August, organized by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, also Challenger of Record of the next edition of the America's Cup alongside Patrizio Bertelli's Luna Rossa team.

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After the announcement of the participation of of Carlo Puri Negri's Maxi Atalanta II and Rambler 88, the famous Super Maxi owned by the American George David, who returns to the Palermo-Montecarlo after winning it two years ago - on board, in addition to the Italian navigator Silvio Arrivabene , there will also be the New Zealanders Brad Butterworth and Simon Daubney, winners of four editions of the America's Cup - the number of registered continues to grow and includes other well known names of Italian sailing. Among these, the oceanic navigator Matteo Miceli, who will race aboard the Comet 45 Acchiappasogni paired with Riccardo Gatti, and Giacomo Gonzi, another habitué of the two handed yachting races that will face the 500 nautical miles of the Palermo-Montecarlo onboard the Comet 41s Perspective. Also worthy of mention is the registration of other foreign yachts - the Czech Hebe V by Martin Trcka and the French Zig Zag and Baloo - confirming the international spirit of the regatta.

Meanwhile, waiting to experience this new edition of the Palermo-Montecarlo - important stage of the Italian Offshore Championship and the Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge, the race circuit reserved for Maxi Yachts - the gulf of Mondello has been the scene of an event not to be missed: the passage of the futuristic IMOCA 60s involved in the Monaco Globe Series, the new 1200 miles race organized by the YC de Monaco for the "round the world" monohulls, with crews of two people, departure and arrival from Montecarlo after passages through the gates in Porto Cervo, Palermo and the Balearic Islands.

At the moment, there are nine IMOCA 60 registered, including Malizia II with Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Hermann (already protagonists at the Palermo-Montecarlo).
"It is an unmissable opportunity, because it does not happen every day that the boats of the Vendée Globe Challenge, the world famous around the world race without stopover, come to sail in the Mediterranean", explains Agostino Randazzo, President of the association from Palermo. "We are talking about real, modern and fast Formula 1 of the seas, and seeing them in action in the Gulf of Mondello will be a great emotion. I invite everyone not to miss this unique show, which once again places our Sicily, also thanks to the collaboration with the friends of the YC de Monaco, at the center of international sailing at the highest level".

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Organized by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia with the support of the Yacht Club de Monaco, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and local institutions, starting from the City of Palermo, the departure of the XIV edition of the Palermo-Montecarlo is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 (opening of the secretariat on Saturday 18). After having left the Gulf of Mondello behind, the fleet will sail for more than 500 nautical miles until the finish line set off the Principality of Monaco (after passing through a "gate" in front of Porto Cervo). The challenge trophies are two, in addition to the class prizes: the Giuseppe Tasca d'Almerita Trophy, assigned to the first hull on the finish line in real time, and the Angelo Randazzo Trophy, to the winner in compensated time of the most numerous group between the two defined in the Notice of Race (ORC International and IRC).

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