The 8th annual edition of the Palermo, the 500-mile, 60-hour Monte Carlo competition, was challenged by weather conditions such as light wings and dead calms last week.
The sailing yacht titled Esimit Europa 2 took the lead in the race less than 20 miles away from the finish line. This was its third consecutive year winning the race.
The founder of the Esimit Europa project, Igor Simčič, congratulated his crew for their level of professionalism and skill during the race, despite the less-than-ideal weather conditions. He said in a quote, “This race was in every respect one of the most stressful ever experienced by the Esimit Sailing Team.”
Skipper of the Esimit Europa 2 and German sailing legend Jochen Schümann chose to sail near the Italian coast rather than through the Strait of Bonifacio, which lies between Sardinia and Corsica and is also the most commonly used route for the race.
The prize-giving ceremony took place Thursday. This year’s regatta was organized by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia and the Yacht Club de Monaco. The next races for competition’s winner will be the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup followed by the Bernetti Lombadini Cup and the Barcolana and the Rolex Middle Sea Race.
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