S.R.: 36° Primo Cup Day 1+2+3 - YCM - Assaggio di Primavera

J70 Fleet traffic Jam - copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
J70 Fleet traffic Jam.
copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

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The report was intended to be daily, but now I'll start from the end and way-back

Day 3.

Bows of L30 class copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
Bows of L30 class.
copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

Sunday morning was much better than expected, with a big full moon, warm sunrise and sky mostly clear till the Esterel to west and clouds on the Corse at east, at midday, around an hour before leaving the docks, a layer of middle clouds had appeared and had destroyed the breeze, and so all the hopes to sail last day!
The Postpone flag has given to me time to jump on board to the new "olympic" hull and speak with crews about her handling and performance. As I could notice during the only race I shot, they confirmed that the boat has good performance in light wind, but for "inshore" races like this, you need at least 4 big good members on board, so in the future view of olympic, a crew of only 2 will be a challenge, at the olympic it will be a navigation race so not needed to change setting so often, but still big work for just 2 sailors.

view from inside of the mast and jib of L30 class.
copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
Inside aft view of the L30 Class.
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The R.C. has tried to push all out at a moment, but nothing happened, and the only good of this has been a better management of the craning procedures.
The only floating devices still on the water has been the group of ONEFLY Class (foiling dinghy). They tried to do their parallel event, they did it a small race but no flights.
The prize giving had gone pretty smooth, Y.C.M., Credit Suisse and Slam representatives there on stage to give the trophy, no crews were missing this time.


Well done Fanny for your first time as organiser!


ONEFLY ready to go out.
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L30 Winner Jonas Gerckens.
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Day 2.

Atlantis II, Lady Moura, Boadicea and 2 ONEFLY.
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I had not planned to cover it, and hadn't been a bad idea, it had been possible just to race once, since they had left the docks around the 10:00UTC, they had been already back 13:30UTC. So they had "ciondolato" for a couple of hours before the start. I had passed to the club just to spend sometime with colleagues and sailors. In this time there, I shot the just renewed mega-yacht Lady Moura moored the other side, and some ONEFLY those were coming back from the sea, with a fantastic sunset light. Pity they didn't switched on the action-camera, while they were sailing (not foiling) with the dolphins...
The day closed with the traditional Crew party managed by the new chef.
ONEFLY tacking.
copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
Salm backstage of fashion shooting - copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
Slam backstage of fashion shooting.
copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
During the afternoon, I also had time to elaborate on the new good from the sponsor Slam: in the flow of plastic-reduction ”l’inventiva italiana” had brought the designers and stylers of Slam to find a solution to use “gli scarti” of production of the suits in neoprene (one of the most difficult material to recycled). The material is converted in sack-bag, with an alternative snare to close it on top. It has a bit strange feeling, so soft and it's very big volume that for now I see it very useful to store sails, ropes, suits and shoes and boot when wet, anorak inside layer, and maybe shooting tools can have advantages from the softness of the material.
The Italian "maison” also had equipped the Y.C.M. with the new shoes and new jackets.

Link to the sack-bag: http://bit.ly/2SKNvKb (Disclaimer: no commercial, no sponsored content, and no contract between me and Slam)
Clothes hanger of Slam and sailors - copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
Clothes hanger of Slam and sailors.
copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

Day 1.

The first day started with the skipper meeting with the guest of the main sponsor sailor of Slam.

Slam sailor at the skipper meeting - copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
Slam sailor at the skipper meeting.
copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
On the docks we find some big sailors like Keith Whittemore, multi-champion on J24 become legendary on the Lago di Lecco, with a new J70 Furio that is tasting the flavour of the youth performances of the boat e "della compagnia" of the crews (at the end Furio has closed 4th); Andrea Casali, from NorthSails and multi champion (last, J24 in Riva); Nob. Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio with the J70 MON-1172 G-Spottino (from YCM and past Melges32 World Champion); Ludovico Fassitelli helms MON-1064 Junda - Banca del Sempione (from YCM, ex champion of Rally cars, past champion on H22 class and last winner of Primo Cup).

In the class of the most beautiful boat of the event, Smeralda 888, we also find S.A.R. Principe Carlo di Borbone delle Due Sicilie at the helm of MON-6 Vamos mi Amor Smeralda888; the Zaoli bothers on board of Angie Transparent III helmed by the Avv. Walter Pizzoli (winner with Resolute of Salmon at the last Régates Royale)
Smeralda 888: Angie Transparent 3 hoists the spinnaker - copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
Smeralda 888: Angie Transparent 3 hoists the spinnaker.
copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
Black star pushing the limit after the departure - copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
Smeralda 888: Black Star pushing the limit after the departure.
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L30 fleet after the start - copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
L30 fleet after the start.
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The L30 has the most wide coverage of world with crew from all around the world, and it's a very pity that no Italians, no French teams are on the water for this first "carpe diem".
The hull, maybe for the colours, looks a little bit strange, high and narrow. With the light wind at the end is able to move and not be overtake by the last class to start, the Longtze Premier, that it has big advantages in this conditions.
L30 class preparing to pass the mark for the downwind leg - copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
L30 class preparing to pass the mark for the downwind leg.
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The coloured class of Longtze Premier has lost two participants already at the first day of races.
The second departure is thrilling with one has decided to tack to left in the middle of the fleet (probably for a false start).
Longtze Premier departurewith one obliged to restart in the middle of the fleet - copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
Longtze Premier departurewith one obliged to restart in the middle of the fleet.
copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
As showed in the aperture picture and in this one, once again the J70 class is the most challenged on the water with 65 team to fight. The departures have been correct, and it's always amazing to see this big number aligned on the starting line. Also on the upwind mark we cannot notes crashes or penalties (maybe thanks to the Monaco Winter Series???). Different discussion on the downwind mark, where the fight is, as usual, more rude and complicate.
J70 fleet downwind - copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
J70 fleet downwind.
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J70 Class, Amber Sail RUS1271 women team with a problem at the gennaker.copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

To close the first day, a special event: the Christening of the "new" Smeralda 888 for the Monaco Sport Academy that thanks to Mr. Sukhotin, member of the club, who has donated his boat to the young sailors of the club!!! The name: Smeralda N' MON-05
Varo of a “new” Smeralda: Smeralda N’ MON-05 with the young team and YCM management - copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
Varo of a “new” Smeralda: Smeralda N’ MON-05 with the young team and YCM management.
copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

Just one more thing: this is my fifth Primo Cup in a row as shooter, and the sixth time I'm there (the first time I was a sailor on a YCM's J24), and it's always a great way to start the year of sailing!!!


General Stage 3: 4 races
  1. RUS-74 ELF - Mikhail Sheremetev (12=2;2;2;6)
  2. SUI-1043 CER-APROTEC - Nelson Mettraux (26=9;3;11;3)
  3. MON-1172 G-Spottino - Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio(32=12;1;17;2)
Class Melges 20: http://bit.ly/3bjFpk6
  1. MON-713 OLEG REPS Valentin Zavadnikov (12=3;5;3;1)
  2. RUS-137 ALEX TEAM Alexander Mikhaylik (13=4;1;5;3)
  3. MON-25 PATH Anatoly Karachinsky (14=1;2;DNS;2)
Class Smeralda888: http://bit.ly/37ljshv
  1. MON-87 BEDA Timothy Sukhotin (8=2;4;1;1)
  2. MON-8 BOTTA DRITTA Francesco Vauban (10=1;2;2;5)
  3. MON-99 BLACK STAR Paolo Rotelli (14=4;1;7;2)
  1. BEL-20 Jonas Gerckens (9=1;5;1;2)
  2. GBR-15 Anastasia Kolesnichenko (10=2;1;3;4)
  3. MON-18 Maria Naboka(11=6;2;2;1)
Longtze Premier Class: http://bit.ly/389e7uU
  1. SUI-825 shensu Jarno Wieland (5=1;1;1;2)
  2. SUI-826 Qi Frank Beat (7=2;2;2;1)
  3. SUI-840 Outsider Steffen Schneider (13=3;4;3;3)

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