Over 400 sailors on 93 one-designs in five classes made the trip to Monaco for a long week-end (7-10 February) of racing in the 35th Primo Cup, awarded by Credit Suisse with garments from SLAM for the top three teams in every Class. Launched in 1985, at the instigation of HSH Prince Albert II, a year after becoming the Yacht Club de Monaco’s president, the Primo Cup has established itself as the big meeting that opens the season in the Mediterranean for Europe’s one-design elite. With eight races completed in the J/70 fleet, the 35th edition lived up to its reputation as a demanding quality event that every year draws sailors from all over the world (12 nationalities) to kick-off the season. With the J/70 World Championship set to descend on the Principality in October 2021, nearly 60 teams in this Class turned out for the Primo Cup. Lying in third place from day one, Ludovico Fassitelli (Junda – Banca Sempione) created the event’s surprise to grace the top step of the podium, without having won a race but having been the most consistent. “I am delighted for two reasons: first because I had the chance to race with fantastic friends, and then what a joy to win at home,” said Ludovico Fassitelli. He beat Irishman and J/70 International Class President Ian Wilson (Soak Sailing), who was second and winner in the Corinthian category. The Swiss Thomas Studer (Jerry) finished third. For complete event details, visit www.ycm.org.

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