All crazy about Palermo-Montecarlo

Palermo- The Palermo-Montecarlo departure is less than three months away and the activity around the great classic of offshore sailing in the Mediterranean organized by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, Challenger of Record of the next edition of the America’s Cup alongside Patrizio Bertelli’s Red Moon Team, is becoming more and more intense.

After the announcement of the participation of Maxi Atalanta II by Carlo Puri Negri and Rambler 88, the famous Super Maxi by the American George David, who returns to Palermo-Montecarlo after winning it two years ago – on board, in addition to the Italian navigator Silvio Arrivabene, there will also be New Zealanders Brad Butterworth and Simon Daubney, winners of four editions of the America’s Cup – the number of members continues to grow and begins to include other famous names of Italian sailing. Among these, the ocean navigator Matteo Miceli, who will be racing on the Comet 45 Acchiappasogni in pairs with Riccardo Gatti, and Giacomo Gonzi, another habitué of double races that will face the over 500 miles of Palermo-Montecarlo on the Comet 41s Prospettica. Other foreign hulls – the Czech Hebe V by Martin Trcka and the French Zig Zag and Baloo – are also registered, confirming the international spirit of the regatta.

Meanwhile, waiting to experience this new edition of Palermo-Montecarlo – an important stage of the Italian Offshore Championship and the Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge, the circuit of regattas reserved for Maxi Yachts – the Gulf of Mondello will be the scene of an event not to be missed: the passage of the futuristic IMOCA 60 engaged in the Monaco Globe Series, the new 1200-mile regatta organized by YC de Monaco and reserved for “around the world” monohulls, with crews made up of two people and departure and arrival from Monte Carlo after passing through Porto Cervo, Palermo and the Balearic Islands.

At the moment, the IMOCA 60 members, including Malizia II with Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Hermann (already protagonists at Palermo-Montecarlo), will start on Sunday 3 June from the Principality of Monaco and once along Corsica and crossing the Strait of Bonifacio, will point the bow to the Gulf of Mondello, for a passage, managed by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, which promises to be truly spectacular.

“It is an opportunity not to be missed, because it does not happen every day that the boats of the Vendée Globe Challenge, the famous solo round-the-world without a stopover, come to sail in the Mediterranean,” explains Agostino Randazzo, President of the Palermo association. “We’re talking about real Formula 1 of the sea, modern and fast, and seeing them in action in the Gulf of Mondello will be a great emotion. I invite everyone not to miss this unique spectacle, which once again places our Sicily, thanks to the collaboration with friends of the YC de Monaco, at the center of international sailing that counts.

The start of the 14th edition of Palermo-Montecarlo, 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 Municipality of Palermo, is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 (Saturday 18 the opening of the secretariat) and the fleet, after leaving the Gulf of Mondello behind, will sail for over 500 miles until the arrival set off the Principality of Monaco (passing through a “gate” in front of Porto Cervo). There are two challenge trophies to be won, in addition to the class prizes: the Giuseppe Tasca d’Almerita Trophy, awarded to the first hull on the finish line in real time, and the Angelo Randazzo Trophy, to the winner in compensated time of the largest group of the two scheduled by the Race Announcement (ORC International and IRC).

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