La Giraglia was launched as the first offshore Mediterranean regatta in 1953: its name is the title and the subject of an outstanding book that will be presented to the public for the first time on the occasion of this year’s Rolex Giraglia race. Yacht Club Italiano had been long waiting for the ideal time to celebrate a regatta that had become an icon of world sailing: when we had to sadly cancel it in 2020 due to the pandemic, we realised that the right opportunity had come to “cover” the event on its 70th anniversary.
In 2020, a massive task was carried out, involving numberless club members and friends: we collected old memories, unpublished photos and fascinating stories from sailors who lined up on the Starting Line and won, or at least tried to win, the race. We selected contents from the club’s archives and from designers who marked the evolution of world yacht-racing, and thus told a 70-year history in this book. Over 400+ pages we learn about the evolution of our sport, from “cruise racing” and the early IOR maxi-yachts to super-fast carbon-built record-chasing super-maxi yachts along with fleets of boats small and large, crewed by family, friends and the occasional professional.
The book, promoted by the Borough of Genoa and the Istituto Idrografico della Marina and published in Italian and English through a cooperation with Giunti Publishing, will be presented to the general public in Saint-Tropez on Sunday the 11th of June at 17:00.
Each entry will be given one complimentary copy; for additional copies please fill the attached Order Form or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.