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In occasion of the Yacht Club de Monaco 2012 Awards prize giving ceremony, Igor Simčič, founder of the Esimit Europa project, was announced Yachtsman of the Year. The prestigious title goes to the member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, who has the most successfully represented the Yacht Club during the 2012 regatta season. Namely, the Esimit Sailing Team set a new impressive course record at the Giraglia Rolex Cup, smashed the Wally record Monaco – Porto Cervo, won the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, took line honours at the Palermo – Monte Carlo regatta and the Bernetti Lombardini Cup and won also at the famous Barcolana regatta in Trieste for the third consecutive time. Before taking line honours at the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the Esimit Europa 2 yacht, sponsored by Gazprom, established also the benchmark time for the Medot Sailing Trophy on the route from Trieste to Valletta.
Igor Simčič was presented with the "Credit Suisse" trophy by the President of the Yacht Club de Monaco, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. Within the festive occasion Simčič emphasized, that it is his honour that the Esimit Europa 2 yacht competes for the Club, and thanked its President for his hospitality and support. Moreover, Igor Simčič and H.S.H. Prince Albert II discussed the possibilities of further strengthening the already excellent relations between the Esimit Europa project and the Yacht Club de Monaco.
About the Yacht Club de Monaco
The Yacht Club de Monaco was founded in 1953 by H.S.H. Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Since 1984 H.S.H. Prince Albert II presides over the Club with more than 1200 members coming from 60 different countries. The Club, famous for organizing nautical and social events, respects the naval tradition, promotes the highest ethical standards and fosters the preservation of the environment.
About Esimit Europa 2
The Esimit Europa 2 yacht sails under the flag of the European Union, is a member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, competes for the Slovenian Sailing Federation and onboard joins sailors from 8 different European countries. It is under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and endorsed by Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament. Its main sponsor is the global energy company Gazprom, while BMW is the official partner. The Esimit Europa project has been granted personal support of numerous distinguished personalities from the worlds of sports, diplomacy and business, among them Gazprom’s Chairman of the Management Committee, Alexey Miller.