MONACO – Emmanuel Dyen’s “Black Flag” conquered the 29th edition of the Primo Cup – Trophée Credit Suissefor the Platu 25 class. After six very competitive races, this French crew - composed by Emmanuel Dyen, William Rodriguez, Christophe Chaffardon, Gaelle Le Bigot, Mathieu De Guibert and Martin Tenconi - took off the title from the strong German “GRÜN-Farrbar2" helmed by Jens Ahlrimm who won two Primo Cup editions, in 2010 ad 2012. All over three days, Frenchman Emmanuel Dyen managed to contain the Swiss and German armada, who were there in force, to win this series and he got it.
On Friday, despite a constant strong swell, ten Platu 25 coming from 4 different Countries, together with the other five racing series - Star, Dragon, Surprise, J24 and Longtze Premier - gave a beautiful show, managing three full races. Right away, the French crew “Black Flag” won the first race day. With a brilliant performance (2;1; 1) the boat coming from Aix Les Bains showed its whole experience and competitiveness. On Friday, the German “GRÜN-Farrbar2” obtained also good results. It started, indeed, with a fantastic first place, then it got two seconds. The strong Swiss boat “Aramis” helmed by Martin Sigrist arrived third in the first day, followed by the German “Spirit of 25” and by the Swiss “Team Awn”.
On Saturday, 10-15 knots of easterly wind and broken sea greeted the sailors and tacticians. So, three amazing races could be competed. Also in the second day the French “Black Flag” carried on dominating. Despite an Ocs in the first race (discarded), the French crew regained positions in the second and third race, scoring two victories.
On Sunday it was no possible to race. Having searched for wind further offshore only to have it filling in with a vengeance in the bay, the Race Committee led by Thierry Leret decided to keep the competitors safe in the more sheltered Cap Martin area. With gusts of up to 35-40 knots, it proved a wise decision not to start any races that day. So the previous day results were confirmed and the Platu 25 winner title was for Emmanuel Dyen’s “Black Flag”. The second place was for the German “GRÜN-Farrbar2" helmed by Jens Ahlrimm and the third step of the podium for the German "Amica" helmed by Michael Haake.
The 29th of the Primo Cup - Trophée Credit Suisse edition concluded with success. With six one-design series, for amateur and top professionals alike, the Primo Cup –Trophée Credit Suisse 2013 has yet again given 84 international crews an opportunity to start their racing season early in windy not-so-wintery conditions.
For the Platu 25 International Class the next appointment will be soon with the 2013 Central European Alp Cup Edition (CEAC) taking place on the Alpine lakes in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.
Ranking list after six races and one discard
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