Day 6 - the Long
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Day 6 - the Long

Line honours in the Rolex Giraglia 2019 for the American maxi Rambler 88

Sixty minutes separated the crew of George David’s Rambler 88 the 14H56M16S record of Igor Simcic’s Esimit Europa 2 set back in 2012
Rambler, until yesterday favourite in the quayside forecasts – and leading the tracking online – up until a few hours from the finish looked certain to break the record. But the wind, which blew hard right from the start in St Tropez, dropped a few miles from the finish, thus slowing down her gallop towards the Principality of Monaco. Nevertheless, George David’s maxi finished with the very honourable time of 16Hrs00M35Sec, crossing the line in Monaco at 4:35 AM.
About 40 minutes later, at 5:10 AM, came the Wallycento Magic Carpet Cubed. At 5:34 AM the Maxi 72 Caol Ila R completed the leading trio in real time.
“They had told me the Rolex Giraglia would be a slow race - said George David on the quayside - It didn’t look like one to me and my yacht, which is designed for long ocean races, found her ideal conditions. This is my first Rolex Giraglia, and the fact of having failed to break the record is just another motive to come back”.
 “A magnificent race - said Gigio Russo, helmsman of Magic Carpet 3 - Despite a poor start, our speed was always above 20 kn and we never stop going”.
Also crossing the finish line was Gibian, the Wally 100’ owned by Armando Grandi, 92 years old and one of the veterans of this Rolex Giraglia. At the finish he said: “I’ve sailed a lot of races all over the world, but never the Giraglia and I certainly didn’t want to miss it”. 
On board with him, a reassuring crew made up of the Senators of Azzurra, captained by Mauro Pelaschier from Trieste.
It was a very fast and equally tough race for all the rest of the fleet, most of which rounded the Giraglia rock within 24 hours. The mistral wind blew it up to 30 kn with seas running, thus allowing a long plane over the first part of the course. The weather forced more than one yacht to retire and the wind took its tribute with breakdowns and broken equipment.
The calculation of compensated times remains very uncertain, the expected strengthening of the wind could bring a lot of surprises in the overall rankings, with the smaller boats, if they can keep going during the expected wind shift, likely to gain several positions.

Online tracking here.
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.
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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Giraglia Rolex 2019 - Rambler 88 wins ‘the Long’, the 2012 record resists

An hour. 60 minutes separated by George David’s Rambler 88 crew from the record of - Igor Simcic’s Esimit Europa 2 by 14 hours, 56 minutes, 16 seconds.

For the Maxi Americano a bittersweet line honor, for having missed the record that lasted from 2012 by a whisker. The wind, which has always blown impetuously since the start in Saint Tropez, has withdrawn a few miles from the finish, thus slowing down the Rambler ride. However, George David’s Maxi finished with a very honorable 16Hrs00M35Sec time, cutting the finish line in Monaco at 4.35 am. After about 40 minutes, at 5.10 am the passage for the Wallycento Magic Carpet Cubed. At 5.34, the Maxi 72 Caol Ila R closed the trio of the first ones in real time.

Fast and equally challenging regatta for the rest of the fleet, with the majority of them sailing the Giraglia rock within 24 hours. The Mistral wind blew with peaks of 30 knots and formed wave, thus allowing a long glide for the first part of the route. The weather conditions forced more than one boat to retire and Eolo asked for his tribute in terms equipment breakdowns. Very uncertain situation for the calculation of the compensated times, the expected wind reinforcement could bring with it many surprises in the general classification, with the ’little ones’ who, if they could not stop during the expected rotation of the pressure, could climb many positions in Ranking.