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  • S.R.: 36° Primo Cup Day 1+2+3 - YCM - Assaggio di Primavera
    J70 Fleet traffic Jam - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriJ70 Fleet traffic Jam.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    Main Galleries Folder 2020: http://bit.ly/2TpBXhe

    Slideshow: https://youtu.be/z8TNOpN23s0

    The report was intended to be daily, but now I'll start from the end and way-back

    Day 3.

    Bows of L30 class copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriBows of L30 class.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    Sunday morning was much better than expected, with a big full moon, warm sunrise and sky mostly clear till the Esterel to west and clouds on the Corse at east, at midday, around an hour before leaving the docks, a layer of middle clouds had appeared and had destroyed the breeze, and so all the hopes to sail last day!
    The Postpone flag has given to me time to jump on board to the new "olympic" hull and speak with crews about her handling and performance. As I could notice during the only race I shot, they confirmed that the boat has good performance in light wind, but for "inshore" races like this, you need at least 4 big good members on board, so in the future view of olympic, a crew of only 2 will be a challenge, at the olympic it will be a navigation race so not needed to change setting so often, but still big work for just 2 sailors.

    view from inside of the mast and jib of L30 class.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    Inside aft view of the L30 Class.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    The R.C. has tried to push all out at a moment, but nothing happened, and the only good of this has been a better management of the craning procedures.
    The only floating devices still on the water has been the group of ONEFLY Class (foiling dinghy). They tried to do their parallel event, they did it a small race but no flights.
    The prize giving had gone pretty smooth, Y.C.M., Credit Suisse and Slam representatives there on stage to give the trophy, no crews were missing this time.


    Well done Fanny for your first time as organiser!


    ONEFLY ready to go out.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    L30 Winner Jonas Gerckens.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    Day 2.

    Atlantis II, Lady Moura, Boadicea and 2 ONEFLY.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    I had not planned to cover it, and hadn't been a bad idea, it had been possible just to race once, since they had left the docks around the 10:00UTC, they had been already back 13:30UTC. So they had "ciondolato" for a couple of hours before the start. I had passed to the club just to spend sometime with colleagues and sailors. In this time there, I shot the just renewed mega-yacht Lady Moura moored the other side, and some ONEFLY those were coming back from the sea, with a fantastic sunset light. Pity they didn't switched on the action-camera, while they were sailing (not foiling) with the dolphins...
    The day closed with the traditional Crew party managed by the new chef.
    ONEFLY tacking.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    Salm backstage of fashion shooting - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriSlam backstage of fashion shooting.
    copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriDuring the afternoon, I also had time to elaborate on the new good from the sponsor Slam: in the flow of plastic-reduction ”l’inventiva italiana” had brought the designers and stylers of Slam to find a solution to use “gli scarti” of production of the suits in neoprene (one of the most difficult material to recycled). The material is converted in sack-bag, with an alternative snare to close it on top. It has a bit strange feeling, so soft and it's very big volume that for now I see it very useful to store sails, ropes, suits and shoes and boot when wet, anorak inside layer, and maybe shooting tools can have advantages from the softness of the material.
    The Italian "maison” also had equipped the Y.C.M. with the new shoes and new jackets.

    Link to the sack-bag: http://bit.ly/2SKNvKb (Disclaimer: no commercial, no sponsored content, and no contract between me and Slam)
    Clothes hanger of Slam and sailors - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriClothes hanger of Slam and sailors.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    Day 1.

    The first day started with the skipper meeting with the guest of the main sponsor sailor of Slam.

    Slam sailor at the skipper meeting - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriSlam sailor at the skipper meeting.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    On the docks we find some big sailors like Keith Whittemore, multi-champion on J24 become legendary on the Lago di Lecco, with a new J70 Furio that is tasting the flavour of the youth performances of the boat e "della compagnia" of the crews (at the end Furio has closed 4th); Andrea Casali, from NorthSails and multi champion (last, J24 in Riva); Nob. Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio with the J70 MON-1172 G-Spottino (from YCM and past Melges32 World Champion); Ludovico Fassitelli helms MON-1064 Junda - Banca del Sempione (from YCM, ex champion of Rally cars, past champion on H22 class and last winner of Primo Cup).

    In the class of the most beautiful boat of the event, Smeralda 888, we also find S.A.R. Principe Carlo di Borbone delle Due Sicilie at the helm of MON-6 Vamos mi Amor Smeralda888; the Zaoli bothers on board of Angie Transparent III helmed by the Avv. Walter Pizzoli (winner with Resolute of Salmon at the last Régates Royale)
    Smeralda 888: Angie Transparent 3 hoists the spinnaker - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriSmeralda 888: Angie Transparent 3 hoists the spinnaker.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    Black star pushing the limit after the departure - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriSmeralda 888: Black Star pushing the limit after the departure.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    L30 fleet after the start - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriL30 fleet after the start.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri 
    The L30 has the most wide coverage of world with crew from all around the world, and it's a very pity that no Italians, no French teams are on the water for this first "carpe diem".
    The hull, maybe for the colours, looks a little bit strange, high and narrow. With the light wind at the end is able to move and not be overtake by the last class to start, the Longtze Premier, that it has big advantages in this conditions.
    L30 class preparing to pass the mark for the downwind leg - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriL30 class preparing to pass the mark for the downwind leg.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    The coloured class of Longtze Premier has lost two participants already at the first day of races.
    The second departure is thrilling with one has decided to tack to left in the middle of the fleet (probably for a false start).
    Longtze Premier departurewith one obliged to restart in the middle of the fleet - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriLongtze Premier departurewith one obliged to restart in the middle of the fleet.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    As showed in the aperture picture and in this one, once again the J70 class is the most challenged on the water with 65 team to fight. The departures have been correct, and it's always amazing to see this big number aligned on the starting line. Also on the upwind mark we cannot notes crashes or penalties (maybe thanks to the Monaco Winter Series???). Different discussion on the downwind mark, where the fight is, as usual, more rude and complicate.
    J70 fleet downwind - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriJ70 fleet downwind.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    J70 Class, Amber Sail RUS1271 women team with a problem at the gennaker.copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    To close the first day, a special event: the Christening of the "new" Smeralda 888 for the Monaco Sport Academy that thanks to Mr. Sukhotin, member of the club, who has donated his boat to the young sailors of the club!!! The name: Smeralda N' MON-05
    Varo of a “new” Smeralda: Smeralda N’ MON-05 with the young team and YCM management - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriVaro of a “new” Smeralda: Smeralda N’ MON-05 with the young team and YCM management.
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    Just one more thing: this is my fifth Primo Cup in a row as shooter, and the sixth time I'm there (the first time I was a sailor on a YCM's J24), and it's always a great way to start the year of sailing!!!


    General Stage 3: 4 races
    1. RUS-74 ELF - Mikhail Sheremetev (12=2;2;2;6)
    2. SUI-1043 CER-APROTEC - Nelson Mettraux (26=9;3;11;3)
    3. MON-1172 G-Spottino - Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio(32=12;1;17;2)
    Class Melges 20: http://bit.ly/3bjFpk6
    1. MON-713 OLEG REPS Valentin Zavadnikov (12=3;5;3;1)
    2. RUS-137 ALEX TEAM Alexander Mikhaylik (13=4;1;5;3)
    3. MON-25 PATH Anatoly Karachinsky (14=1;2;DNS;2)
    Class Smeralda888: http://bit.ly/37ljshv
    1. MON-87 BEDA Timothy Sukhotin (8=2;4;1;1)
    2. MON-8 BOTTA DRITTA Francesco Vauban (10=1;2;2;5)
    3. MON-99 BLACK STAR Paolo Rotelli (14=4;1;7;2)
    1. BEL-20 Jonas Gerckens (9=1;5;1;2)
    2. GBR-15 Anastasia Kolesnichenko (10=2;1;3;4)
    3. MON-18 Maria Naboka(11=6;2;2;1)
    Longtze Premier Class: http://bit.ly/389e7uU
    1. SUI-825 shensu Jarno Wieland (5=1;1;1;2)
    2. SUI-826 Qi Frank Beat (7=2;2;2;1)
    3. SUI-840 Outsider Steffen Schneider (13=3;4;3;3)

  • S.R.: 36° Primo Cup Day 0 - YCM - Inverno Calmo
    In front the the club the Smeralda888 Angie Transparent 3 followed by the stage of sailing for schools - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriIn front the the club the Smeralda888 Angie Transparent 3 followed by the stage of sailing for schools
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    Main Galleries Folder 2020: http://bit.ly/2TpBXhe

    The first main event of the year is slowing taking shape, all on the dock is calm.
    The sailing conditions are very.... "molto Monegasche", variable sunny, temperature around 15-18[°C], small breeze of 6[kts] at peak has given the start for the practise race in the bay.
    The event has some variation before the start already in December: Star Class has been written off from the the list leaving only the Christmas Regatta in Nice and and the double event in Cannes; later in January the H22 Class has abandoned because with only 7 boats registered, so it didn’t passed the cut. Also the there was a possibility for Melges 24 (but to my memory there aren't boats on the coast) and SB20 (it's some year they aren't here).
    J70 ready for the night before - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriJ70 ready for the night before
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    The YCM has to be quite restricted about (the standard is, and must be high!), because the spaces on the docks are “limited”, so the classes must have serious in intent!
    The positive is the new entry of the L30 class (that one could be the new offshore Olympic class). It’s long time since bigger hull had participated.
    L30 docked in front to the club - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriL30 in docked in front to the club
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    The L30 at first view, looks very new and modern style: inverted bow, carbon parts, 2 steering wheels, 2 rudders... An interesting feature is the very high mura, that gives a sense of “protection” to the crew in the rough conditions and inside the room it look very wide.
    There are 8 boats with crew from all around the world.
    L30 cockpit and rudders view - copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    The other good news is the growing big number of J70 Class boats and in the optic of the future (World Championship 2021) it's very good. The list is up to 61 boats registered.

    The list of classes is closed with the fabulous style of the 10 boats of Smeralda 888, the colored Longtze Premier and the Melges 20, the last one could ask to change the name in Russian Cup.
    Teams leaving and returing to the port on the practise field - copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriTeams leaving and returing to the port on the practise field
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    Let’s fight start to win!!!

    Main Website Event: http://bit.ly/2QXOfZu
    Main Galleries Folder: http://bit.ly/2R13LUd
    Main Galleries Folder 2020: http://bit.ly/2TpBXhe
    Stage 0: http://bit.ly/2NoU6rI

  • S.R.: XmasRegatta: Day 1 - Chilly Start after Xmas
    First time published: 2018Dec28

    Main Galleries Folder 2018: http://bit.ly/2GG8xqA

    Sunrise on the Stars copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriSunrise on the Stars
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    Winter arrived, Christmas gone, Hobart started and already finished (too fast…) New year is coming so it’s time for the 62nd Christmas Regatta in Nice for the Star Class (5th for who is writing and shooting).

    Unluckily, for many reasons, the number of boats is very low this year, only 27 at start.
    In any case we are full of great sailors, starting from the last year winner Xavier Rohart (FRA-8237) bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics and twice world champion, and Roberto Benamati (ITA-7488) ex Italian champion and 2 years ago winner.

    Christian Nehammer copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriChristian Nehammer
    copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriSandro Lacan copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriSandro Lacan
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri“New entries” we have the olympic sailor Christian Nehammer (AUT-8485); 505, dragon and FD Classes champion Jorgen Schönherr (DEN-8532); and Sandro Lacan the French talent of the Youth America's Cup french team and 3rd at the last French Tour Voile.

    Good Morning Alice Chiappori copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriGood Morning Alice Chiappori
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    We have also a special one: the young local ex French champion of Optimist class (and many good performances in others classes) Alice Chiappori, that back from the university, has jumped on a boat, this time to race, as crew, instead to support the organization or for practice.
    So in Italian we say “Pochi ma buoni” (n.d.t.: few but good).


    Roberto Benamati and Alberto Ambrosini (ITA-7488) copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriRoberto Benamati and Alberto Ambrosini (ITA-7488)
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    Weather is fine as you expect in this season here, 5[°C] early in the morning up to 15[°C] when the sun finally rise! The race has started at 07:45UTC with light northerly breeze, small gently waves. First procedure canceled, repeated, good start. The fleet has covered all the bay to reach the first mark, on the second one the battle was clear: all the bigs are on podium position, with Benamati dominant on the finish line. A small crash during the first downwind leg, without damage and injures in the middle of the group.
    Starting line copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriStarting line
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    Second race: the committee has been obliged to change position, the wind has started to disappear, but the Start has been good and the fleet is mostly on the pin.
    But the race has been shaken by an unexpected classic sail boat, which has crossed all the field just in front to all fleet (opsss).
    Invader copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriInvader
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri


    Benamati has reached and passed the left lay-line and decide to tack, but the French Lacan is just behind and has been obliged to tack and so has called “protest”.
    Benamati and Lacan are fighting on the layline copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriBenamati and Lacan are fighting on the layline
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    The field has become a tactical trap to find the right breeze, some try to go far east and falling in a big patch with nearly no wind; who has kept the west-centre zone (the best VMG was with left-tack) of the field has been able to “finish” the race. However the race has been controlled again by the Italian and followed by the others Greats.

    BBQ after race copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriBBQ after race
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri

    Another thing has also dominated the race: the change of wind, so the Race Committee has changed the course.
    Race Board copyright © photo Alexander PanzeriRace Board
    copyright © photo Alexander Panzeri
    This has generated some missed-understanding in the racers and the R.C. has been obliged to protest 12 boats and finally disqualified them. The only “happy” of this is Benamati, who has been found guilty (ITA-7488: 29=1;1->DSQ=28) and he’s still able to fight for the win! Just needs at least 2 races and others 2 first places.
    Tomorrow forecast are not better partly cloudy, but if today was a “cold” start, the next days will be on fire; Fingers crossed …e “FUOCO ALLE POLVERI"

    Results tables:  http://bit.ly/2rUIEsS
    General, Stage 1: 2 races
    FRA-8237 Rohart Xavier + Pulfer (4=2;2)
    DEN-8532 Schönherr Jürgen + Gravid (5=4;1)
    FRA-7778 Lacan Sandro + Giorgi (12=8;4)

    Main Website Event: https://www.nicechristmasregatta.com
    Main Galleries Folder 2018: http://bit.ly/2GG8xqA

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