Please select your home edition
Selden 2020 - LEADERBOARD

2022 is all about competition at Yacht Club de Monaco

by Yacht Club de Monaco 8 Jan 16:36 GMT
Monaco Optimist Team Race © Yacht Club de Monaco

The new year kicks off a busy programme of popular international regattas at Yacht Club de Monaco with back to back one design meetings. Without a doubt, 2022 looks set to be synonymous with outstanding events for the Club, a reference on the international sailing scene.

Monaco Optimist Team Race (12-16 January 2022): future promise

First up, 60 under-14s will be descending on the Principality next week for the 12th Monaco Optimist Team Race which attracts the world's team racing elite in the Optimist class. The 15 nations represented include Uruguay, USA, Finland, Turkey and for the first time Chile whose young team have just arrived in Monaco.

This original format enables teams of four to compete on equal terms in the form of duels. A round robin phase when all teams get to compete against each other is followed by the quarter- then semi-finals before the highly anticipated grand finale. "This international challenge for young sailors is all part of our Monaco Capital of Yachting approach," explains YCM General Secretary Bernard d'Alessandri. "Beyond the sporting aspect, the event is a great opportunity for these budding young athletes to meet others of their own age from different cultures and backgrounds - all passionate about sailing - around unifying values of conviviality, fraternity and solidarity".

By way of a warm-up, the teams from Ukraine, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Monaco and France will take part in a Clinic (10-12 January) run by Philippe Gomez, jury and big name in the team racing world who is also responsible for the regulatory aspect for French teams. The focus will be on team-work, communication and consistency.

A reminder that the last edition was won by the USA's national team, with the Swedish KSSS in 2nd and the Monegasques completing the podium.

Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, Act III (3-6 February): when J/70s storm Monaco Bay

Next up are the more experienced sailors who will be out in force for Act III of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series (3-6 February) with some 40 international teams (12 nations) expected. This series of high-level monthly regattas takes on a whole new meaning for the class ahead of the J/70 World Championship (14-22 October 2022) being organised for the first time by Yacht Club de Monaco in partnership with FxPro. For Monegasque teams, the 2021-2022 Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series, which climaxes in March, is a qualifying event to secure their place in the Worlds.

Halfway through this Winter Series and the crew on Junda led by YCM's Ludovico Fassitelli tops the provisional ranking, five points ahead of the Moscow teams Tenzor Sport and Dolce Vita. The next Act has a distinctly Russian flavour as it marks the start of the Russian J/70 circuit. Indeed the Tenzor International Cup has chosen Monaco for this initial stage of its calendar.

Primo Cup-Trophée Credit Suisse (3-6 March 2022): last test event before the Worlds

The international J/70 fleet returns to the Principality 3-6 March for the 38th Primo Cup-Trophée Credit Suisse, which also counts as the fourth and final Act of the Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series. Launched in 1985, at the instigation of YCM President HSH Prince Albert II, this regatta, which rewards the top three teams in each class with clothing from SLAM's advanced technology sportswear, has established itself as the European winter one design meeting in the Mediterranean.

It looks set to be a spectacle with some 100 teams expected in five classes. Alongside the loyal J/70, Smeralda 888 and Longtze Premier will be the trendy RS 21, which made its sportsboat debut in 2018. For the Dragons, this meeting will be the first event of their European Grand Prix circuit which starts 2nd March.

A packed programme to match the Principality's ambition to put on quality events whose reputation will help consolidate Monaco's positioning as Capital of Yachting.

Related Articles

12th Monaco Optimist Team Race overall
The regatta has been a reference for international sailors in this discipline since 2010 They did it - after their victory in 2020, the American national team clinched another win at the 12th Monaco Optimist Team Race that saw 60 young sailors out on the water from 15 nations. Posted on 17 Jan
Monaco Optimist Team Race day 1
Americans take the lead in this 12th edition of the event The 12th Monaco Optimist Team Race, an international regatta for the team racing elite in this class kicked off today, organised by Yacht Club de Monaco with support from FxPro, Eventica, Fonbet, technical clothing supplier Slam and boatyard Erplast. Posted on 14 Jan
9th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Act 2
Getting familiar with the race area of next year's J/70 Worlds Sunday 12th December. Fifty one international teams, 15 nations and three days of racing were on the menu for Act II of the 2021/2022 Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series. Posted on 12 Dec 2021
9th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Act 1
Winning at home With 15 nationalities represented and around 40 teams, including the best Europeans, Act 1 of the 9th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series set the tone for the season. Posted on 8 Nov 2021
9th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series Act 1 underway
Major on-site test for the for the J/70 sailors ahead of the worlds next year Act 1 of the 9th Monaco Sportsboat Winter Series starts today. Launched in 2013 by Yacht Club de Monaco, the series of monthly regattas has become a tradition for many international teams, with this season's series taking on special significance. Posted on 4 Nov 2021
Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina
55 international startups are in the process of submitting their solutions in a Grand Oral. Specialised in sustainable marina development projects, Monegasque company Monaco Marina Management is organising the first Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marina rendezvous, the aim being to bring together all those in the marina ecosystem. Posted on 17 Sep 2021
Laneva Boats 2nd in Monaco Energy Boat Challenge
The event was an opportunity to discuss new clean and alternative propulsion systems The eighth edition of the Energy Boat Challenge, organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco, in collaboration with the International Motonautical Union (UIM) and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, came to a close on 10th July. Posted on 23 Jul 2021
Boris Herrmann and Team Malizia announce plans
Set to participate in The Ocean Race 2022/23 and Vendée Globe 2024/25 Building on the successful 4yr campaign which culminated in a 5th place in the Vendée Globe and created strong enthusiasm and media impact in Germany, France and 70 other countries around the globe, Boris and his team are embarking on a new 5yr programme. Posted on 13 May 2021
8th Monaco Energy Boat Challenge 2021
Monaco an incubator of maritime innovation to protect the environment While eco-friendly vehicles and renewable energy sources are in the spotlight this week in the Principality of Monaco at the EVER show, and electric single-seaters vie for pole position in the 4th E-Prix, Yacht Club de Monaco is ramping up preparations Posted on 8 May 2021
New Monaco to Saint-Tropez speed record
Giovanni Soldini and Pierre Casiraghi set time of 2h 25m 44s It was at 12:56:34 precisely that the Multi 70 Maserati helmed by Giovanni Soldini left Monaco along with five other crew, including Yacht Club de Monaco Vice-President Pierre Casiraghi, heading for Saint-Tropez for the Wally Record. Posted on 6 Mar 2021