The foreign crews, who came to Monaco to open the international monohull circuit season, were delighted last weekend by the spring-like sun of the French Riviera and the particularly favourable weather conditions.
Like last year, the race committee had devised a tailored programme covering three days of regatta for the Stars and the Bénéteau 25s, who opened the ball on Friday January 31st, with a first leg run under very tough conditions due to a North East force 6/7 gale, which led to several withdrawals, particularly in the very physically demanding Star class.
The three other classes present for this first week-end, namely the Mumm 30s, the J/24s, and the Smeralda 888s, met the Stars and the Bénéteau 25s on Saturday morning in the Monaco bay under optimal sailing conditions, which made it possible for the race committee, presided by Thierry Leret, to run three leg runs one after the other for all the series (except the Mumm 30s).
The last spring-like day with light winds permitted only one leg to be run, which confirmed the results of the two previous days. The Stars, Bénéteau 25 and J24 classes are finished, the Mumm 30 continues this weekend, joined by the Melges 24 and Surprise Classes.
Top three final places, Star Class:
1. J. Schwarz/U. Seeberger
2. C. Gauttschi/A. Gouda
3. M. Tencon/Y. Tenconi
Top three final places, Bénéteau 25
1. E. et V. Pavesio
2. F. Monaco/M. Martegiani
3. R. Tamburelli/M. Rossomando
Top three final places, J24
1. C. Rodelato
2. J-F Bourely/D. Manasse
3. O. Allain/B.Albouy
Notables for this weekend in the Melges 24 class include Franco Rossini, winner of the 2002 Primo Cup, teamed up with Flavio Favini, who has won six world titles in various boats -- J22, Minitonner, Quarter Tonner, 6 Metre,Mumm 30 and IMS 50) and was most recently tactician on Mascalzone Latino in the Louis Vuitton Cup. Mumm 30 sailors include Tour de France stars Marc Audineau, Serge Made, Jimmy Payun and Marc Emig.