Cagliari-Monaco | 24-28 April 2023

Thursday 27th April 2023. It took Adalberto Miani’s Botta Dritta 2 days 16 hours 50 minutes 46 seconds to complete the 360 nautical miles that separate Cagliari in Sardinia from Monaco. The Advance 66 crossed the finish in Monaco’s bay in the early hours of Thursday 27th April at 06:55:51. “It’s fantastic to see Botta Dritta from Yacht Club de Monaco win this race,” said YCM General Secretary Bernard d’Alessandri, “especially as two other Club members completed the podium. A great result for Yacht Club de Monaco which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year”.

Instigated by Adalberto Miani as part of ‘Cagliari-Montecarlo Sea Week’ and organised by the Lega Navale Italiana de Cagliari in partnership with Yacht Club Porto Rotondo and Yacht Club de Monaco, under the aegis of the Italian Sailing Federation, the first Cagliari-Monaco attracted a dozen boats.

Dream route

The fleet started at 2.00pm pronto on Monday 24th April from Cagliari bound for the Principality. On the menu an idyllic 360 nautical mile course along the east coasts of Sardinia and Corsica. After several hours sailing, contestants had to pass an intermediary natural gate between Soffi Island and Porto Rotondo, an obligatory passage so the organisers could clock the first times.

YCM takes control of the terrain

From the start Adalberto Miani’s Botta Dritta skippered by Adamo Spinsante took the lead, just ahead of another YCM member, Roberto Tamburelli on Furibonda. After a hectic ascent of Sardinia and Corsica, the two YCM boats had little difficulty widening the gap with the rest of the peloton, which was led by Carlo Falcone on Mariella, a Fife-design Bermudan yawl, also representing YCM, who completed the podium.

YCM is ramping up its sports policy with these types of initiative that are very much in line with its collective ‘Monaco, Capital of Advanced Yachting’ approach. Offshore racers will be out again on 22-27 August for the 18th Palermo-Montecarlo, a stage of the Italian Offshore Championship organised by Circolo della Vela Sicilia in partnership with Yacht Club de Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Tasca d’Almerita, the Italian Sailing Federation, IMA (Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge) and Class40 Mediterranean Trophy.