The Primo-Cup Trophée Credit Suisse is one of those classic winter events that keep up with tradition while always adding something new. Hosted by the Yacht Club de Monaco, this 36th edition saw a successful format that attracted 450 sailors on some 100 boats divided into six classes. With 20 nations represented, the regatta lived up to its already solid reputation, with clothing from Slam awarded to the top three in each class. Temperatures of 14 degrees C in 5-15 knots of wind on a flat sea with sunshine ensured all crews will have good memories of this 2020 vintage year. From day one in the J/70 fleet, the Russians on Elf were straight out of the starting blocks with three second places and a sixth in the four races completed by the 65-strong fleet, ensuring them victory. It was not a done deal behind them with Cer Aprotec – Ville de Genève finally clinching second and the YCM’s Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio (G-Spottino) third. In the Corinthian category, the British team on Brutus took first, equal on points with Cesare Gabasio (Tinnj70) followed by Stefano Roberti (Piccinina), both YCM members. These results give some indication of what could happen at the J/70 World Championship 2021 that is being held in Monaco from 18-23 October. “The field at this Primo Cup augurs well for a high level at the Worlds. We are really looking forward to it,” says the G-Spottino helmsman who has his heart set on a medal at home.
1st: Mikhail Sheremetev (Elf) – RUS: 12 points
2nd: Nelson Mettraux (CER APROTEC-Ville de Genève) – SUI: 26 points
3rd: Giangiacomo Serena di Lapigio (G-Spottino) – MON: 32 points
1st: Charles Thompson (Brutus) – GBR: 60 points
2nd: Cesare Gabasio (Tinnj70) – MON: 60 points
3rd: Stefano Roberti (Piccinina) – MON: 67 points

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