Mainsail in Sicily with departure from Palermo-Montecarlo 2022

Main sail in Sicily with departure from Palermo-Montecarlo 2022

by Emanuel Richelmy Aug 18 3:07 PM PDT
August 19, 2022

Palermo-Montecarlo 2022 opening press conference in Sicily © Circolo della Vela Sicilia / Studio Borlenghi

Palermo-Montecarlo 2022 opening press conference in Sicily © Circolo della Vela Sicilia / Studio Borlenghi

It is a great expectation today in Palermo where the 2022 edition of the Palermo-Montecarlo offshore regatta which will start tomorrow at noon from the Gulf of Mondello was presented during a press conference at the Circolo della Vela Sicilia.

Were present at the press conference, in addition to the president of the Circolo Agostino Randazzo, the mayor of Palermo Roberto Lagalla; Raul Russo, representing the head of the Department of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment of the Regione Sicilia Manlio Messina; Capitan Raffaele Macauda, ​​Maritime Director of Western Sicily; and Francesco Ettorre, President of the Italian Sailing Federation.

“The enthusiasm generated by the Palermo-Montecarlo is explosive and a great satisfaction for our Club as well as for our partners and the other Clubs which have been involved in the organization of the Regatta since 2005”, declared Randazzo, President of the Club from Palermo who were alongside Team Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli in winning the 2021 edition of the Prada Cup and are currently involved in the upcoming America’s Cup Challenge. “It is a source of pride for us and for all of Sicily which is currently at the center of international sailing, where boats as beautiful as they are fast as well as many famous sailing champions will take part. For this reason, I am inviting everyone tomorrow at noon to enjoy this show of sails that will make our Gulf of Mondello even more beautiful and suggestive”.

A number of 37 boats, from nine countries, are currently moored at the Marina di Villa Igea and will sail tomorrow the almost 500 miles that separate Palermo from Montecarlo, where halfway through they will pass a gate at the Strait of Bonifacio.

The spotlight will be on Manolis Kondilis’ Neo 570 Carbonita, the boat of the local Circolo della Vela Sicilia team which will have a super crew on board, including co-skippers Edoardo Bonanno and Paolo Semeraro alongside Tommaso Chieffi , Alberto Bolzan and Gaetano Figlia di Granara; on Nerina Lauria’s Swan 42 Spirit skippered by Gabriele Bruni and sailing for the Circolo Canottieri Roggero di Lauria; on the ICE 60 Before the Storm owned by Massimo Lentsch of Circolo Velico Sferracavallo; on the Elo II, the boat sailing for the Yacht Club Italiano di Genova, with on board a crew of young people from the Club led by the former skipper of Azzurra Mauro Pelaschier; on the Austrian Sisi skippered by Gerwin Jansen; on Pascal Feryn’s French team Solano with Andrea Caracci on board; Jean-Pierre Dreau’s Lady First 3; and on the Tonnerre de Glen by Dominique Tian.

Even though the Class 40 fleet sees the last minute withdrawal of Alla Grande Pirelli (Yacht Club Italiano) from Ambrogio Beccaria, concerning the Sicilian boats, besides Before the Storm, Spirit of Nerina Lauria and Carbonita, the fleet also includes Cochina owned by Piergiorgio Fabbri (Società Canottieri Palermo); the QQ7 belonging to Michele Zucchero (Il Clubino del Mare); and the three boats sailing for the Lega Navale Italiana Sezione di Palermo: Lo Spirito di Stella (Andrea Stella); Tracker (Carlo Levantino); and Starfly (Andrea Alaimo).

A fleet rich in renowned names to be followed mile after mile via the web thanks to the YB satellite tracking system (access from the regatta website, which will compete for the Giuseppe Tasca Trophy of Almerita , awarded to the first boat on the finish line in real time; the Angelo Randazzo Perpetual Challenge trophy for the corrected time winner of the most numerous group between ORC and IRC; the Circolo della Vela Sicilia Trophy, for the winner of the smallest group between IRC and ORC; the Emanuele Bruno Trophy, awarded to the best Sicilian crew; and the classic trophies according to the classes.

“The number of crews and known names of participating yachtsmen who will be among the protagonists of this year prove that the Palermo-Montecarlo has become a regatta with strong international appeal. A competition that for Palermo represents an important showcase not only in the eyes of those who come here to compete, but for the foreign public in general. It is a great tradition that continues even for our city which, above all, is restarting at full speed after two years of pandemic”, said the mayor of Palermo Roberto Lagalla during the press conference.

“There is always great expectation around Palermo-Montecarlo, which has become an unmissable event. At the Sports Department we are on the side of the Sicilian crews but, naturally, being good sportsmen, we support fair competition and made up of professionals and confirmed champions, the Palermo-Montecarlo has been able to attract not only yachtsmen but also tourists and enthusiasts, which reinforces the offer and the attractiveness of the Sicilian coasts, and in particular the Gulf of Mondello I wish everyone fair winds and may the best boat win”, these are the words that the head of the Tourism, Sport and Entertainment department of the Regione Sicilia Manlio Messina dedicated to the regatta.

Stage of the Italian Offshore Championship of the Italian Sailing Federation, of the Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge of the International Maxi Association and of the Mediterranean Class40 Trophy, the Palermo-Montecarlo is organized by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia in collaboration with the Yacht Club of Monaco and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, supported by the Department of Sports, Tourism and Entertainment of the Regione Siciliana and with the promotional activity of SEESICILY; the joint participation of the Metropolitan City of Palermo; the support of the Sicilian Regional Assembly (ARS) and partners Fondazione Sicilia, Porsche-Centro Assistenza Porsche Palermo and Tasca d’Almerita.

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