39th Primo Cup-Trophée Credit Suisse – Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series – Act IV | 2-5 March 2023

Saturday 4th March 2023. Four races were completed in a lovely southwesterly breeze on the second day of the Primo Cup-Trophée Credit Suisse. Organised under the aegis of the collective ‘Monaco, Capital of Advanced Yachting’ approach, in partnership with Sebago, Monaco City Hall and clothing supplier SLAM who rewards the top three teams with sailing gear, once again Yacht Club de Monaco pulled out all the stops for the 300 sailors competing in three classes.



There are days when all conditions are met from start to finish, with a flat azure blue sea, a steady 8-10 knot southwesterly and unchanging course. In the J/70 class, competing here for the fourth and final Act of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, it was impossible to ignore talents such as those on G-Spot. With an XXL career and finest track record of the event, YCM’s Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio (G-Spot) led with a masterful hand, his crew working in perfect harmony to take the lead in the provisional ranking, a comfortable nine points ahead of two Italian teams on Alice and Viva. In the Corinthian (amateur) category the Swiss on Rhubarbe-3Nuits.com top the leaderboard ahead of the French on Sage Engineers and the Swiss on Quarter2Eleven.

A level playing field required all teams to be at the top of their game, and after a few general recalls the fleet settled down to concentrate on the race and impeccable procedures.


Smeraldas on fine form

The Smeralda 888 class rose to the challenge of this 39th edition of the Primo Cup-Trophée Credit Suisse with a record 15 boats competing. There were no half measures for Class President Charles de Bourbon des Deux-Siciles (Vamos mi Amor) who is lying 1st this evening having won two of the four races. The rest of the podium for now is a family affair with Achille Onorato (Canard à l’orange) and Vincenzo Onorato (Mascalzone Latino) in 2nd and 3rd position respectively.


Swiss domination

In the fast lively Longtze Premier class designed by Steve Thompson, the Swiss remain favourites to win. Results today speak volumes as three Swiss teams, Shensu, Le Petit Frère d’Emile Bleu and Outsider, dominate the top three positions.

The final day tomorrow looks set to be another spectacle at the foot of the Rocher as teams vie to turn the tables. Rendezvous 11.00am for the first race.