Monte-Carlo (August 24, 2019) – The 15th edition of the Palermo-Montecarlo marked the fifth and final event of the International Maxi Association’s Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge 2018-2019 and fielded fifty-one boats this year.
Miguel Galuccio’s Reichel/Pugh 84’ maxi Vera (formerly My Song) was first to cross the finish line winning one of the Giuseppe Tasca d’Almerita Trophy. Vera’s crew, including Dutch Volvo Ocean Race legend Bouwe Bekking and Olympic champion Michele Regolo, completed nearly 500 miles of racecourse (on the direct route) in two days, 17 hours and 13 minutes. The 2015 record of 47h 46m 48s is still held by Esimit Europa 2. Esimit Europa 2 is a Reichel/Pugh-designed 100’ canting keel supermaxi, first launched as Alfa Romeo and is now the Australia-based Black Jack.
On Vera’s heels was Reichel/Pugh Marten 72 Aragon owned by Arco Van Nieuwland and Andries Verde, sailing with a mix of family and pros including top French navigator Oliver Douillard.
The race was originally designed by the Monaco Consul and the City of Palermo Sports Council, to ‘unite two historically friendly cities through a yacht race’.
Race report by James Boyd
Photography courtesy of Carlo Borlenghi and Carloni-Raspar