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18th August 2024 to 25th August 2024

Volvo 65 Sisi: Palermo – Montecarlo Race

From £3849 per person

Deposit 25%. Full balance due 12 weeks before departure.
Book your berth on a Volvo 65 for the prestigious Palermo to Montecarlo Race - a 500-mile offshore race.
Clear
Pay a 25% deposit per item
Suited to
Solo, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
Moderate - some race sailing experience and a reasonable level of fitness required
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
Volvo 65 "Sisi"
Vessel length
65ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Pipecots
Insurance Required
Yes

Embark on a true adventure with this prestigious 500-mile race from Palermo to Montecarlo. There is an interesting tactical decision to be made in this race regarding which way around Corsica.

Training - 18 & 21 August 2024

Race Start - 22 August 2024

Price: £3,849 / €4400 per person*

Book your berth and race pro/am with the Austrian Ocean Racing Team on their Volvo 65 "Sisi" for a highly competitive regatta & offshore races.

Race Program

As part of a truly pro/am crew, you get to experience all aspects of racing this amazing yacht. During the regatta & offshore races, rotate the watches on the helm, pit, trim, bow, and navigation/tactics, working together with the ultimate aim of topping the leaderboard.

18 & 21 August 2024 – Introduction, briefing, and short on the water training

22 August 2024 – Race Start for the Palermo – Montecarlo Race. It will take approximately 3 days to complete depending on weather conditions.

25 August 2024 – Official award ceremony of the race

The Team


The Austrian Ocean Race Project is a young and ambitious team of international professional sailors. Their goal is to race around the world in The Ocean Race 2022-23. The self-titled ‘new kids on the block’ are led by Dutch skipper Gerwin Jansen – an accomplished offshore racer with a highly competitive reputation. The team has proven their pedigree by topping the podium in the opening stage of the Ocean Race Europe, beating many sailing legends and veterans. Their initial success has been followed by a run of top results in offshore regattas across Europe. Now it’s time for them to race across the pond and take on some of the mighty Caribbean regattas.

The Race

The Palermo-Montecarlo Race, organized by Circolo della Vela Sicilia in collaboration with Yacht Club de Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, will take place in the Gulf of Mondello on the 20th of August.

One of the most prestigious races in the Mediterranean is the Palermo-Montecarlo Race. This yacht race, which was started in 2005 to unite Palermo and Monaco, offers both technical racing and scenic views. Using tactics, tacks, and jibes, boats must pass through a “gate” off Porto Cervo – Sardinia, before heading to Monaco.

The Yacht – Volvo 65 Sisi

Sailing Adventures Worldwide
Drawn at Farr Yacht Design in the USA, especially for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 (now the Ocean Race), the strict one-design Vo65 replaced its predecessor, the Vo70. Every Vo65 is structurally identical down to the smallest detail. Same hull, same rig, same sails, same opportunities. This produced some of the closest racing the Ocean Race has ever seen.

As with its predecessor, the basic concept is a planing hull with a wide stern, double rudders, sharp edges, and a swivel keel. The reverse bow is new. It extends the waterline and reduces the pounding in short waves, but provides plenty of spray on deck. The lateral plan has also been revised. The Vo65 dispenses with an angle of attack of the swords and instead relies on a lift profile to counteract the drift.

The rig is made by the New Zealand manufacturer Southern Spars. Southern Spars has a closely related history with The Ocean Race as they have been equipping the most successful teams for 25 years and were pioneers with the carbon mast in the 90s.

The entire set of sails is produced by North Sails. The 3Di technology patented by North Sails is also used in the Vo65. The sails are made from RAW760 Ultra PE / Aramid.

 

  • Professional Skipper plus professional crew
  • All training
  • Food & drink onboard, fuel, race entry and mooring fees
  • Lifejacket with AIS
  • Travel to or from the boats
  • Accommodation whilst ashore
  • Food ashore

Experience Requirements

As we are racing as a small crew some offshore racing experience is required as well as a good level of fitness.

 

Fly to one of the closest airports to Palermo Airport

Fly back from Nice Côte d’Azur Airport

Race Program

As part of a truly pro/am crew, you get to experience all aspects of racing this amazing yacht. During the regatta & offshore races, rotate the watches on the helm, pit, trim, bow, and navigation/tactics, working together with the ultimate aim of topping the leaderboard.

18 & 21 August 2024 – Introduction, briefing, and short on the water training

22 August 2024 – Race Start for the Palermo – Montecarlo Race. It will take approximately 3 days to complete depending on weather conditions.

25 August 2024 – Official award ceremony of the race

The Team


The Austrian Ocean Race Project is a young and ambitious team of international professional sailors. Their goal is to race around the world in The Ocean Race 2022-23. The self-titled ‘new kids on the block’ are led by Dutch skipper Gerwin Jansen – an accomplished offshore racer with a highly competitive reputation. The team has proven their pedigree by topping the podium in the opening stage of the Ocean Race Europe, beating many sailing legends and veterans. Their initial success has been followed by a run of top results in offshore regattas across Europe. Now it’s time for them to race across the pond and take on some of the mighty Caribbean regattas.

The Race

The Palermo-Montecarlo Race, organized by Circolo della Vela Sicilia in collaboration with Yacht Club de Monaco and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, will take place in the Gulf of Mondello on the 20th of August.

One of the most prestigious races in the Mediterranean is the Palermo-Montecarlo Race. This yacht race, which was started in 2005 to unite Palermo and Monaco, offers both technical racing and scenic views. Using tactics, tacks, and jibes, boats must pass through a “gate” off Porto Cervo – Sardinia, before heading to Monaco.

The Yacht – Volvo 65 Sisi

Sailing Adventures Worldwide
Drawn at Farr Yacht Design in the USA, especially for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 (now the Ocean Race), the strict one-design Vo65 replaced its predecessor, the Vo70. Every Vo65 is structurally identical down to the smallest detail. Same hull, same rig, same sails, same opportunities. This produced some of the closest racing the Ocean Race has ever seen.

As with its predecessor, the basic concept is a planing hull with a wide stern, double rudders, sharp edges, and a swivel keel. The reverse bow is new. It extends the waterline and reduces the pounding in short waves, but provides plenty of spray on deck. The lateral plan has also been revised. The Vo65 dispenses with an angle of attack of the swords and instead relies on a lift profile to counteract the drift.

The rig is made by the New Zealand manufacturer Southern Spars. Southern Spars has a closely related history with The Ocean Race as they have been equipping the most successful teams for 25 years and were pioneers with the carbon mast in the 90s.

The entire set of sails is produced by North Sails. The 3Di technology patented by North Sails is also used in the Vo65. The sails are made from RAW760 Ultra PE / Aramid.

 

Sailing boots

Trainers/ deck shoes (no black-soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit

Hat

Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Clothes for onboard and onshore

A small backpack for trips on-shore (30-40 litres)

A water bottle

Thermals, one

Sunglasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

Swimming kit

USB cord to charge your phone

Cash

Sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing Knife

Passport

Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require