Beautiful Monaco Yacht Club hosted the 36th Annual Primo Cup, the 4th act of the European Circuit. North Sails expert Alex Curtiss sailed on Good to Go and shared his experience about the regatta, and also took some notes about the 2021 J/70 World Championship venue.
North Sails clients couldn’t be happier with their results. The top four boats used the fast North J/70 designs. Congratulations to the Russian team ELF for winning the 36th Primo Cup using the North F-1 Mainsail, J-6 Jib and AP-1 Spinnaker.
Here are Alex’s notes about the venue for the 2021 J70 Worlds in Monaco for those planning to attend:
The dominant wind directions are E, SE, ESE, SW, WSW, and W. If the breeze is directly onshore, it has a tough time climbing the mountains that line the bay so it is a very fickle wind. If the breeze comes from offshore, the breeze will land about 10 miles away so there is hardly any wind in the bay.
Expect a lot of chop. The city sits in a horseshoe-like part of the ocean. When waves roll in, it’s like a washing machine. There are no beaches and only concrete walls that reverb water. Expect to keep the bow down!
The Yacht Club
Monaco Yacht Club is extremely hospitable. They sectioned off large parts of the club for competitors to take advantage of. We spent a lot of time at the Sports Bar, which has an epic view of the city. Everyone who works in the sailing portion of the club is super helpful to all competitors. They are generous with lending tools when needed — and we needed a lot!
The Fairmont is walking distance from the club. There are great restaurants in the hotel and you can walk to the casino. Bring your sports jacket and you will fit anywhere in the city!
If you are planning on sailing in the 2021 Worlds, it would be very advisable to sail the winter series. There were 65 boats on the line this past weekend at the Primo Cup. It is a very tough fleet with high-profile teams, and mixing that with the challenging conditions is going to keep everyone working hard the entire time. Based on what Alex experienced, doing your homework and making sure you spend some time sailing at this venue will be key.
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