February in Europe is not really winter anymore!
With spring coming, the huge international season of regattas starts, and it happens with Primo Cup. Primo Cup is one of the biggest regattas in Monaco Yacht Club agenda. The first regatta was held in 1985 and this year it is 33rd time.
The beginning of spring will be celebrated by more than 100 crews with more than 800 sailors in them. Among the participating classes will be such classes as Melges 20, J/70, Smeralda 888, Star, catamarans DIAM 24od and M32.
One of the core traditions of Primo Cup was changes in 2017. Now the competition will last not two, but one weekend. Besides, organizers made sure that each class will be at their best on the competition and created 3 different routes.
This year Primo Cup-Trophée Credit Suisse is not a part of the Dynamiq Yachts Melges 20 Monaco Winter Series, but all the participants stayed the same. It is an incredibly important and huge event, so racing in this spring regatta is extremely valuable by itself.
There are 16 yachts in the Melges 20 fleet, but the winner in unpredictable as all boats are very strong. There are 6 teams sailing under the Russian flag, 3 represent Monaco, 4 boats are Italian, one team is from Sweden and one from Ukraine.
Who will be getting more attention in the Primo Cup-Trophée Credit Suisse 2017?
Among Russian teams the favorites are PIRogovo, Alexander Ezhkov’s team and leader of the Winter Series, Vladimir Prosikhin’s Nika (this regatta Mikele Ivaldi is joining them), Alexander Novoselov’s Victor. Among Italians, there are such favorites as Manfredi Vianini Tolomei (Maloca) and Achille Onorato (Mascalzone Latino). The most interesting Monegasque teams are Matteo Marenghi Vaselli (Raya) and Sebastien Col (Arcora).
Obviously, there are not enough places on the podium for everyone who we mentioned, and those who we didn’t name will be fighting for it as well.
The races in different classes will last three days in Monaco, but only races of the Melges 20 you will be able to see on our 3D tracker, Regattascope.
Races will start at 11.00 CET on February 3rd.