L'Ottavo Peccato wins Palermo - Montecarlo race


29 August 2017

  The Palermo Montecarlo Regatta started Monday morning 21 August at 12.00 from Mondello Gulf, next to Circolo della Vela Sicilia (organizer of the Regatta in cooperation with Yacht Club de Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda). At the start there was a lively but irregular 12-knot wind from the northwest, expected to increase during the course towards Ustica. Enroute to Ustica, Junoplano 60', a veteran of the race, dismasted.

Half of the fleet of this XIII edition came from nine countries: USA, Monaco, Germany, Poland, Russia, Hungary and Italy (24 boats out of 41 at the start). The favored boats were the IMCOA 60' Malizia II of Pierre Casiraghi, who sails for the Yacht Club de Monaco (skipper German Boris Herrmann, already protagonist of many regattas with Giovanni Soldini) and the US boat Lucky 63' of Byron Ehrhart, who chose to run with a small crew (only 12 people on board) as the forecast was for light wind. This design from Reichel-Pugh defends the flag of the New York Yacht Club.

While Malizia II and Lucky were the favorite boats to try to beat the record of the race, which since 2015 belongs to Esimit Europa 2: 47 hours, 46 minutes and 48 seconds, it was Lucky who managed to have the patience to endure the light air and finish first with an elapsed time of 66 hours 46 min 3 sec, well off record pace.

After sailing along the coast of Sardinia, in Porto Cervo there was a scoring a gate. ORC class winner at the gate was the new Gran Soleil 58' Leaps & Bounds (ITA) of French owner Jean Philippe Blanpain (tactician Paolo Semeraro, ex-Olympic Finn sailor). Nearly 8 hours back in corrected time was Francesco de Nicolo’s M37 L’Ottavo Peccato (ITA), followed by Tommaso Oriani Duchene de Vere’s Rodman 42 Cheyenne (ESP).

The next leg of the course was a 500-mile journey to the finish at Monaco, where after nearly 100 hours of racing the overall winner in ORC was L’Ottavo Peccato, followed by Cheyenne, and in third Andrea Casini’s Comet 45S Quattrogati Making Waves (ITA), who finished only 20 seconds ahead of Cheyenne across the line but corrected to 2.5 hours back in scoring using the ORC’s Offshore Single Number course model.



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