07/02/2022: At work on the Palermo-Montecarlo 2022
The starting date has already been set and will be taking place a few days earlier than in the past to avoid overlaps with the Italian Offshore Championship. The regatta sets sail on Friday, 19th August from the magnificent Gulf of Mondello and will then proceed on the classic racecourse between Sicily and the Principality of Monaco, with the passage of a gate located in front of Porto Cervo in Sardinia. The Notice of Race is ready and available online at www.palermo-montecarlo.it. On the website registrations will be open for a regatta which promises to be an unmissable edition for all offshore sailing enthusiasts.
Last year’s race highlights saw the exceptional performance of the J122 Joy, the boat owned by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia and skippered by Edoardo Bonanno and which won the prestigious Angelo Randazzo Challenge Trophy for overall victory in the IRC group, in addition to the success in the ORC International group, while the mighty 100 footer Arca SGR owned by Guido and Adalberto Miani, and skippered by Furio Benussi finished first in real time and won the Giuseppe Tasca d'Almerita Trophy. Once again this year the race represents the most important event of the summer for boats and top crews on the international sailing scene, thanks to the organization that is always impeccably managed in its every detail by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia, and to the racecourse which gives way to emotions and twists every year, as in the tradition of the greatest offshore regattas.
"After having stopped for a year due to the pandemic, last August we experienced an exciting and meaningful edition of the Palermo-Montecarlo because it represented for many sailors the return to racing and to normality", explains Agostino Randazzo, Commodore of the Club della Vela Sicilia. “Unfortunately, last year's regatta had to make do without the social events we normally organize to make our regatta exceptional, but we hope that the situation will improve so that it will allow us to make an even greater edition next August".
The 2022 Palermo-Montecarlo is a leg of the Italian Offshore Championship of the Italian Sailing Federation; the Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge organized by the International Maxi Association; and the Class40’s Mediterranean Trophy. The race is organized by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia with the support of the YC de Monaco and the YC Costa Smeralda together with its partner, Tasca d’Almerita. The regatta is reserved for offshore boats with ORC International or IRC certificates, Maxi Yachts (IRC), Classic Yachts, one-design and multihulls. In addition to the two main Trophies, the Angelo Randazzo perpetual Challenge for the winner on corrected time of the largest group of boats, and the Giuseppe Tasca d'Almerita Trophy for the first on the finish line in real time, starting from this year the Circolo della Vela Sicilia Trophy will also be up for grabs, awarded to the overall winner on corrected time of the smallest group between IRC and ORCi.