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European 5-aside Football tournament in Monaco

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Special footballers welcomed to Principality. The Principality of Monaco will host the European 5-aside Football tournament this Thursday April 26th. Organised by the Special Olympics Monaco and under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert, the competition will welcome teams from 14 countries, who will clash on the pitch. More...The Monegasque competition is the qualifier for the World Games in Shanghai in October this year, for which Monaco has already qualified. Each country will face another team of the same level (there are four levels 1-4), within its category. At the end of the competition the first two in each category will be selected for Shanghai. Each team is composed of five players (3 handicapped players and 2 partners-teachers). The opening ceremony will take place at 9.45am on Thursday April 26th. Several events will take place throughout the day. All the teams are invited by OGC Nice to watch the Nice-Auxerre match on Saturday April 28th. The tournament will end on Saturday at 12.30pm with a special ceremony to award winners with their medals. Entrance is free and open to the public.

Masters Series Monte-Carlo

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The annual Masters Series Monte-Carlo tennis tournament kicks off this Saturday, April 14th in the prestigious tennis club at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. The world famous competition traditionally kicks off the European tennis season. 

This year marks the 101st edition of the competition. Qualifying trials begin on Saturday at 11am. The draw for the matches will take place at midday in the VIP village. A big change this year is that the matches for the final of both singles and doubles will start on Sunday April 15th and not the usual Monday. Forty-five world class players are automatically admitted to the competition based on their world classification, which is determined six weeks before the competition. The other players and the four invited “wild cards” will bring the total number of players to 56 compared to 64 in previous years. The singles final will take place Sunday, April 22nd at 2.30pm and will be the best of three sets, instead of the traditional five sets. Prince Albert will present the prizes to the winners. Over two million Euros in prizes are sponsored by Rolex.

Monte Carlo Tennis Masters threat

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

ATP restructuring plans could see Monaco tournament downgraded. A black cloud hangs over the 101st Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament, due to begin in Monaco this Sunday, April 15th until the 22nd.  (more…)

The Open of Tennis in Monte-Carlo

Wednesday, April 4th, 2007

On April 14 will start the famous Open of Tennis in the Principality at the beautiful Monte-Carlo Country Club, so these days are the last days to organize it perfectly. The Masters Series Monte-Carlo presented by Rolex will open the session and of course the most famous tennis players will attend it such as the Spanish, (more…)

Sea rowing: The Prince Albert II Challenge on Sunday 4th March in the bay of Monaco

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

A long swell and good weather were on the organizers’ wish list for the third edition of the Prince Albert II Challenge, which took place on Sunday 4th March in the bay of Monaco. Launched in 2005 by the water sports association and the Monegasque rowing federation, the sea rowing races qualify for the French championships and count for the Mediterranean Championship. (more…)

Masters Series Monte-Carlo

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

It was in the lounges of the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort on 1st February 2007 that Zeljko Franulovic, Director of the Tournament and former winner of the event himself, presented the 2007 programme for the Masters Series Monte Carlo presented by Rolex, which has been sponsored by the prestigious watchmakers since last year. 

Taking place from 14th to 22nd April 2007, in the magnificent setting of the Monte-Carlo Country Club, the Masters Series Monte-Carlo is the clay court tournament that opens the European season. (more…)

Coulthard fined over crash

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

A Monaco court has fined Formula One driver David Coulthard £330 for injuring a woman passenger when he crashed his Mercedes during a high-speed tour of the principality’s grand prix circuit in 1999. (more…)

Primo Cup: the races opposite the Rocher of Monaco continue

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

For the second weekend in a row, 120 crew teams competed to win the XXXII Primo Cup regatta, organised by the Monaco Yacht Club, on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February. This internationally renowned race dedicated to one design class boats is always an outstanding weekend of racing, particularly when the weather conditions are as good as they were last weekend. (more…)

Irish triumph in Primo Cup Monaco

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Two Irishmen came out top in their one-design classes as the first weekend of the 23rd Primo Cup–Trophée Credit Suisse in Monaco kicked off the Mediterranean sailing season. Michael Cotter in Whisper beat off 26 competitors in the Dragon class to take first prize, while Colin Galavan at the helm of Flash walked away with top honors in the Laser SB3 series, again out of 26. Equally remarkable was the performance of three Swiss teams in the Surprise class, which was the largest fleet, with 37 entries. 

Thanks to three victorious legs, Sky Sweeper, skippered by Olivier Legeret won a few points ahead of Philippe Durr and Alain Marchand, winner of the 2006 Primo Cup. A brisk easterly breeze ended the first weekend of this competitive regatta which brought together some of the best sailors from 13 nationalities divided into five classes: Dragon, Star, Laser SB3, J24 and Surprise. The wind whistled up and down the Beaufort scale, giving the 122 sailors a chance to flaunt their talents in all types of weather. Some were even forced to retire as the wind whipped up the sea, at times almost by a meter. The sight of so many yachts in the bay of Monaco was a sight to behold. Even without looking ahead to next weekend’s programme, for the Melges 24, Bénéteau 25, Mumm 30, First 40.7, Smeralda 888 and H22 classes, the 23rd edition is sure to go down in the Primo Cup’s history - and that’s in the opinion of the competitors themselves. Eight legs in total were held for this edition, programmed for the first time over four days to accommodate the Dragon and Laser SB3 classes. Top class entries. In every class, first, second and third prizes were taken by sailors whose reputation goes before them, and some who are regulars on world and olympic podiums, such as Ulli Libor, 2nd in the Dragon class, the Swiss Philippe Durr, 2nd in the Surprise category, or the Irishman Michael Cotter, winner of the Dragons. In the Star series, Régis Bérenguier finished second behind the Ukranian Vasil Gureyev who created the sensation of the week by completely dominating this class. In the Laser SB3, Xavier Leclair on Marçon Yachting clinched third place and in the J24s it was the Monaco yacht of Blandine Médecin, led by the Rodelato brothers, which beat off the competition. The second part of the Primo Cup–Trophée Credit Suisse begins on February 9th and a number of personalities are expected: Dimitri Deruelle, Jimmy Pahun, the Italian Nicola Celon, world champion in the Melges category, also the New Zealander Hamish Pepper, world champion in the Farr 40 2005, on board the Italian Mumm 30, Matrix. Numerous foreign teams from as far afield as USA, Spain (Bribon the Bénéteau 25), Russia and Croatia are expected.

Games of the small states of Europe

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

The 12th Games of the Small States of Europe will take place in the Principality of Monaco from 4th to 9th June 2007. A number of volunteers are needed to welcome the delegations and to help manage the event.