The usual festive awards ceremony at the Yacht Club de Monaco, concluded a long and rich edition of the Palermo-Montecarlo, the most glamorous offshore regatta of the Mediterranean summer, organized since 18 years by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia with the collaboration of the Yacht Club de Monaco and the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club, under the aegis of the Italian Sailing Federation, UVAI (Italian Offshore Sailing Union) and IMA (International Maxi Association).
A rich edition for numbers, with almost 50 entries and 44 racing, for quality of boats and crews at the start, and for the internationality of the event: half of the boats in the race came from 11 countries, in addition to Italy. A confirmation of the validity of the course from the Gulf of Mondello to the Principality of Monaco with the gate at Porto Cervo, which always offers interesting strategic choices and fascinating scenarios in the coastal passages along Sardinia and Corsica.
With the docks of the YC de Monaco full of boats and sailors, the story of the regatta and the emotions translates directly into the list of winners who write the history of Palermo-Montecarlo 2023, with boats from 8 nations on the podiums.
The Regatta Committee of Palermo-Montecarlo 2023: Fabio Barrasso (Chairman), Edoardo Recchi (1st member), Fabrizio Pirina, Pietro Lo Giudice, Domenica Genovese, and Ernesto Salvatore Martinez. The International Jury was composed of Giorgio D’Avanzo (President), Mats Bjorklund (FIN), Richard Slater (AUS), Craig Mitchell (GBR) and Miguel Allen (POR). The Technical Committee was made up of Gennaro Aveta (President), Bartolomeo Maugeri and Ermanno Basile.
Included in the “long” regatta circuit of the FIV Italian Offshore Sailing Championship, among those with the highest coefficient for the purposes of scoring for the final classification, the 500 miles of the Palermo-Montecarlo are also part of the following prestigious circuits: the IMA Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge; the Mediterranean Offshore Trophy; the Mediterranean Trophy for the Class40; and the 2023 edition of the Championnat et Trophées Inshore et Offshore Méditerranée en Équipages-IRC.
Palermo-Montecarlo 2023 is directly promoted by the Sicilian Region Department of Tourism, Sport and Entertainment, with the participation of the Metropolitan City of Palermo and the support of the Sicily Foundation. Sponsor partners are Tasca d’Almerita and Porsche, Centro Porsche Palermo.