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10th Palermo-Montecarlo 21st – 26th August 2014 - Forty teams on the start
A record number of entrants are set to line up on the start of this beautiful offshore race, organised by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia in collaboration with the Yacht Club de Monaco, where the 500 nautical mile course follows the route taken by the Phoenician ships.

The start is scheduled for midday Thursday 21st August from the Gulf of Mondello, from where the fleet will head up the Tyrrhenian Sea passing the Aeolian Islands in search of wind offshore before the Strait of Bonifacio, praying the wind gods will unleash the Sirocco rather than the Mistral, and up the coast of Corsica heading for Monaco.

The course is the same as last year which includes a passage off the coast of Porto Cervo, where the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is located. Fewer options for tacticians, but more marks. Boats will spend three even four days at sea.

In 2013, line honours went to Pierre Casiraghi, member of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s Management Committee who was the first to cross the finish line. He was on the TP52 B2 of Tommaso Chieffi, one of the most successful Italian sailors (who in 2013 added the Rolex Middle Sea Race and Copa del Rey to his trophies). “Last year was the first time I participated in this event and discovered its magnificent route along the Sardinian and Corsican coastlines,” says the Monegasque. “I so enjoyed the atmosphere and warm welcome we received from Circolo della Vela Sicilia. Also it’s important for me to be on the starting line again to defend our title flying the Monaco Racing Fleet flag.”

Other notable figures taking part from the YCM are Adalberto Miani, who has not missed a single Palermo-Montecarlo in his capacity as Sailing Commissioner, and will be at the helm of his Advanced 66 Botta Dritta; Robert Lauro (Wohpe); John and Josh Warren (Nimrod); and a team of young sailors from the YCM’s Sports Section (Tsaar Peter) taking their first steps into offshore racing supported by their instructors.

New this year is the opening of the race to double-handed teams, as the organisers are keen for the event to keep evolving.

On their arrival in Monaco, those who did not compete in the Giraglia Rolex Cup will have the pleasure of tying up for the first time on Quai Louis II in the YCM Marina and discovering the Yacht Club de Monaco’s new building, designed by Lord Foster and inaugurated on 20th June: “This year is very special as we celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary - an opportunity for me to pay tribute to its creator Angelo Randazzo and his son Agostino who continues the spirit behind the race inspired by his father. This offshore regatta reflects very close ties of friendship between our two clubs which are twinned,” said Bernard d’Alessandri, Secretary General of the Yacht Club de Monaco.

To follow the race: www.palermo-montecarlo.it or www.ycm.org

Photo : Andrea Carloni.
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