ROLEX GIRAGLIA 2019 – The inshore races are over, tomorrow the long race!
Saint Tropez unveiled its true identity with a magnificent day for the huge fleet of 297 yachts engaged in the last day of inshore racing; tomorrow is the day of the long race
The Gulf of Saint Tropez and forgiveness for its laziness of the past two days, when the wind was capricious, and replied to the provocations with excellent weather conditions that allowed the last session of inshore races in the Rolex Giraglia 2019 to be held.
While the One-Design fleets raced on upwind/downwind courses off the beaches of Pampelonne, the rest of the fleet – including the big Maxis – raced on coastal courses of 31 miles the big boats in 19 for the smaller. An unusual but good wind, blowing from East - North East at between eight and 12 kn, and a slight sea running. The weather forecast for the coming days is not easy to decipher, but the present conditions should get stronger which raises hopes for the offshore race.
Final results from the racecourses off the beach of Pampelonne: Cuordileone in the ClubSwan 50 (1,3,5), Porron IX among the Swan 45 (1,1,3) and Fantaghirò in the Swan 42 (2,2,2). While Peter Ogden’s Maxi Jethou, was first in the 0 Racer Class (1,1).
IRC 0 Cruiser: Lorina – Swan 601 – Jean Pierre Barjon (2,1).
ORC 0: Sailing Poland – Ker 60 – Maciej Marczewski (6,1).
For the groups involved in the coastal races the results were:
IRC A: TP 52 – Freccia Rossa – Vadim Yckimenko (5,1)
IRC B: JPK 10.80 - Rossko – Timofey Zhbankov (4,1)
ORC A: Swan 45 – From Now On – Fernando Chain (1,2)
ORC B: First 34.7 – L’Escargot – Costa – Iacobucci (5,1)
With the prizegiving of the French races and the big Rolex party on the Ponche beach that the 2900 participants in the Rolex Giraglia 2019, the French chapter of the Italo-Italienne regatta comes to an end. Now all are waiting for the starting gun at midday tomorrow and confirmation of the weather conditions. There are a lot of yachts out for the record, first among them the American Maxi Rambler 88, George David’s serial winner which has a star-studded cockpit (including, in addition to the Italian Silvio Arrivabene, a poker of Kiwi superstars: Dean Barker, Brad Butterworth, Simon Daubney e Scott Beavis). Will they manage to break the record of 14h56m16s set by Igor Simcic’s Maxi Esimit Europa 2 in 2012?
Full results here.
THE ROLEX GIRAGLIA
The Giraglia was conceived in 1953 as a 241 mile offshore race. Since then it has grown and today includes races towards Sanremo and three days of inshore races in the Bay of Saint-Tropez. In 2019 this classic regatta celebrates its 67thanniversary. The Rolex Giraglia is organised by the Yacht Club Italiano in collaboration with the Yacht Club Sanremo and, for the 2019 edition, with the Yacht Club de Monaco, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and the Yacht Club de France. Rolex has been a partner of the Rolex Giraglia dal 1998.
THE YACHT CLUB ITALIANO
Founded in Genoa in 1879, the Yacht Club Italiano is the oldest sailing club in the Mediterranean. Based in the Porticciolo Duca degli Abruzzi, the YCI has always aimed to popularise yachting and organise regattas. The Rolex Capri Sailing Week, the Rolex Giraglia, the World Cup Series and the 2.4 Worlds, the last to arrive in chronological order, are just some of the international regattas organised by the YCI. The Coppa Carlo Negri, the Trofeo SIAD Bombola d’oro, the Millevele and many other events distinguish the present and future of the Club, which is always ready to accept new challenges. As is traditional, BMW will be alongside the YCI as a partner also for this regatta with the much appreciated shuttle service for guests, press and yacht owners.
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YACHT CLUB ITALIANO
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