It’s a double for the U.S. National Team as they clinch first place after a previous victory in 2020. For this 12and Monaco Optimist Team Race, it was necessary to count on the presence of 60 sailors from 15 nations. Organized by the Yacht Club of Monaco with the help of FxPro, Eventica, Fonbet, the equipment manufacturer Slam and the Erplast shipyard, the meeting has been a must since 2010, when it was created, as a benchmark for young international racers. “The success was there. When we put ourselves at the service of the new generation, we are building the future. We are clearly in the transmission. Seeing these young people from different backgrounds change and create ties of brotherhood is a tremendous message of peace, all values that are part of our Club’s “Monaco Capital of Yachting” walk” emphasizes Bernard d’Alessandri, YCM General Secretary
Like the event that brought the elite of the Optimist team-race, the performances were up to par. In order to last in the competition, the rgatiers gave their all during the 105 matches played during the round-robin phase. A format which did not fail to mark certain minds like Alonso Martinez, Chilean runner. “I’m very impressed to be here. I met hundreds of people I might never see again. It’s very moving.” On paper, the forecasts were already beginning to take shape even before the launch of the first starting procedure. Solid in strategy, the Americans put their cards on the table from the start of the proofs, comforted by the presence in their team of Gil Hackel, vice-world champion of the Optimist 2021. Result: they pocketed 14 victories out of the 14 matches run. A peerless domination that allowed them to reach the semi-finals, confident against the Germans. “We came to win. We worked hard to get there,” explained Gil Hackel.
For their part, the Croats of the Jedriličarski Klub Uljanik showed the same degree of involvement. After a victorious encounter against the Finns in the semis, they finally fell in the final against the ambassadors of the Stars and Stripes and are divided into second position in the general classification. The Germans remained in the game throughout the regatta and finished 3and of the meeting just ahead of the Finns who paid for small placement errors to finally finish at the foot of the podium. The Mongasques represented by Matteo Asscher, Ludovica Bonelli, Alexandra Santelli and Simon Prot, display a 7and rank. The runners will be able to fine-tune their training again before meeting again next year for the 13and edition which will take place from January 11 to 15, 2023.
Among the novelties of this 12and edition, note theorganization
sailing on Saturday at the end of the day, when the sun had disappeared from the body of water. Thirty or so Optimists put on a show in the YCM Marina by completing a leg (which did not count in the standings) on a banana course set up between the yachts. The competitors took pleasure in stringing together the night tacks, illuminated by the club’s floodlights, each displaying a luminous stick on his sprit.
International clinic: an initial preparation
Headed by Philippe Gomez, jury and size in the world of team-racing, also responsible for the regulations of the games within the French teams, an international clinic was held for three days prior to the event. Bringing together eight teams, this warm-up lap was crowned with success. 3h30 4h00 of daily navigation were able to be run in 10-12 knots from the southwest, perfect for training for the team race, the Communication
Exchanges without borders
Many teams have provided the image of the sailors of Club Escuela Deportes Nuticos Puerto Williams located in southern Chile, 13,035 km from Monaco, which is taking part in the Monaco Optimist Team Race for the first time. Another South American nation was in contention with the presence of the Uruguayans from Club Punta del Este. The opportunity to salute the privileged ties of friendship that binds it to the Yacht Club of Monaco, as evidenced by the recent reception by the South American Club of the Boral 47 Sir Ernst during a stopover made within the framework of its new expedition to Antarctica.
The Yacht Club de Monaco continues on its way with theorganization
from February 3 to 6, the third act of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series in which some forty international J/70 formations will take part. The meeting will also kick off the Tenzor International Cup, the Russian J/70 circuit which has chosen Monaco to organize a preliminary strip of its calendar. The Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series serves this year as qualifying events for the Mongasque crews in view of the world championship of the series which will be organized for the first time in Monaco from October 14 to 22, 2022, in collaboration with FxPro. The international fleet of J/70s will return to the Principality one last time on the occasion of the 38and Primo Cup-Credit Suisse Trophy (March 3-6, 2022).
Monaco Optimist Team Race 2022 podium:
- 1and : United States National Team (USA)
- 2and : Jedrilicarski Klub Uljanik (Croatia)
- 3and : Chiemsee Yacht Club (Germany)