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Primo Cup Trophée Credit Suisse

31st Primo Cup Trophée Credit Suisse

Primo Cup Trophée Credit Suisse

Friday 30th January to Sunday 1st February 2015 and Friday 6th to Sunday 8th February 2015
Mistral postpones kick-off to Saturday
Friday 30th January 2015 – It had been expected in the Principality – an official warning of strong winds gusting over 40 knots. Given the conditions, the Yacht Club de Monaco’s Race Committee, headed by Thierry Leret took the decision at 2.00pm to cancel today’s racing.
However sunshine and blue skies, so characteristic of the Mediterranean region at this time of year, meant sailors could take full advantage of the YCM’s new facilities, designed by Lord Norman Foster and inaugurated last June.
As well as the Primo Cup Village open to the public, the YCM opened its doors to racers so they could prepare and plan for the weekend ahead, giving them access to the Sports Bar, gym and observation terrace on the Club’s 5th floor. From there they had a 180 degree view of the Primo Cup’s race venue to see for themselves the whipped up waves and gusts in action, fully justifying the Race Committee’s decision.
Meanwhile, Surprise fans association ASPRO had chosen the Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suisse for its General Assembly, while ISAF organised a training session for its umpires, led by the Israeli Nino Shmueli (Vice-President of ISAF Race Committees) and the Turk, Ilker Bayindir.Primo Cup Trophée Credit Suisse
As a result, the 31st Primo Cup officially gets underway tomorrow starting at 11am with 92 boats (13 nations) and six series set to battle it out.
Former Olympic class, the Stars, are back in force this year with 23 teams registered, many with a string of awards to their names. It’s a highly motivated fleet as has been noted at all the big meetings worldwide, thanks to Xavier Rohart. An Olympic medallist and a founder of the Star Sailors League, he is keen to get this class back into the Olympics for the next games.
The Russians are here in the Dragons, with Anatoly Loginov (Annapurna), title holder and the favourite to win having finished second in the Régates Royales 2014 in Cannes and having won the last Ski Voile in Antibes.
In the Surprise class, the Primo Cup is Act 1 of the Europ’ Sails European Surprise Sailing Series 2015. The oldest class and most loyal to the Primo, it is again dominated by the Swiss who are the best represented nation, including Nicolas Groux (Genève Aéroport CER2) and Jérôme Clerc (Teo Jakob by Realteam), both from the Société Nautique de Genève, who monopolised the contest last year to take the top two spots on the podium.
It promises to be a hard-fought contest in the SB20s, between Class President Ed Russo (Black Magic) and Nicolas Honor (Bartaba). Just like the YCM, the French Federation supports talented young teams on these nippy sportsboats that are as fun to sail as they are educational.
In the Smeralda 888s, so dear to the Yacht Club de Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, there will be 11 teams on the start, including Class President, Prince Charles de Bourbon-Siciles (Vamos mi Amor).
Programme:

1st weekend
Saturday 31st January
8.00am Bar opens in reception area of Meeting Room
11.00am 1st race of the day
6.00pm Happy Hour open to all classes followed by crew party
Sunday 1st February
8.00am Bar opens in reception area of Meeting Room
11.00am 1st race of the day
After racing Prize-giving
2nd weekend
Friday 6th February
8.00am Bar opens in Meeting Room Village
1.00pm 1st race of the day
6.00pm Welcome Cocktail
Saturday 7th February
8.00am Bar opens in Meeting Room Village
11.00am 1st race of the day
6.00pm Happy Hour open to all classes followed by crew party
Sunday 8th February
8.00am Bar opens in Meeting Room Village
11.00am 1st race of the day
After racing Prize-giving

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