Early Season Sailing In The Mediterranean
179 one-designs divided in to 10 classes of 8 competitors minimum (Bïnïteau 25, Etchell, J/22, J/24, Mumm 30, Smeralda 888, Star, Surprise, UFO 22 et Melges 24), exceeded the record entry and confirmed the TNT Primo Cup as the premier early season Med...
"The Primo is a very good regatta to start the season. It is rare to have so many series gathered together " commented Marc Audineau, bronze in the European Championship of 49ers in 1999 and first in the world classing in 1997 and 2000, who participated for the first time in this event, on board the Mumm 30 AFA Maritime-Generali Assurance. Another newcomer to the principality is the Breton Tanguy Cariou who navigated in Melges 24 beside Jean-Pierre Dick and for whom the TNT Primo Cup constitutes the first competition after his return from the Sydney Olympic Games.
When we created the Primo Cup 17 years ago, we were the first to unite all of the numerous monotype classes", explained Bernard d'Alessandri, Director General of the Yacht Club de Monaco.
The weather for the 2 weekends was not as reported. A very variable wind (Easterly on Saturday 3rd and South Westerly for the 2nd weekend.) varying from 5 to 12 knots, provided testing conditions.
For the first time this year there was one weekends racing for the Stars. Victory went to the German crew of Jochen Schwarz and Ulrich Seeberger who dominated the regattas.