ROLEX GIRAGLIA 2019: open for entries and Notice of Race online
There will be an innovation in edition number 67 of the Rolex Giraglia 2019 with the finish of the offshore race in the waters of the Principality of Monaco and plenty of news also in St Tropez
‘Offering an alternative finish for the Rolex Giraglia, as has already happened in the past, underlines its importance and unique nature, offering participants a change that contributes to the fascination of the finest offshore race in the Mediterranean’. With these words the President of the Yacht Club Italiano Nicolò Reggio, introducing the 2019 edition of the offshore classic which, now in its 67thedition, proposes an alternative course as has happened in the past. The Yacht Club Italiano and the Yacht Club de Monaco, twinned since 1996 to reinforce the relationship based on shared ideals of sailing, solidarity on the water and the competitive spirit, are taking the finish of the Rolex Giraglia back to Monte Carlo after five years.
In its long history, the Giraglia has started from Cannes, Le Lavandou, Toulon, Sanremo and St. Tropez; it has finished in: Monaco, Le Lavandou, St. Tropez, Toulon, Genoa and Sanremo. The distance of the long race remains 241 miles.
With the publication of the Notice of Race for the Rolex Giraglia 2019, online entries have been activated. The Notice and entry forms can be downloaded from the official race site: rolexgiraglia.com
The 67th edition of the offshore classic organised by the Yacht Club Italiano with the collaboration in French waters of the Societé Nautique de Saint Tropez, will be held from June 9-11 with the coastal races in St Tropez and the start of the offshore St. Tropez-Giraglia-Monaco on Wednesday the 12th. As usual, there will also be the by now traditional Sanremo - St.Tropez race with its suggestive night start on June 7 organised in collaboration with the Yacht Club Sanremo.
Among the innovations, a “priority lane” for all yachts entering by March 31, 2019, both for the inshore races in St Tropez and the offshore St.Tropez - Giraglia - Monte Carlo; they will be guaranteed a priority mooring.
The final date for entries is May 15.
In addition to the purely technical innovations, in sporting terms too the Rolex Giraglia is an event not to be missed as the organisers strive to improve increasingly the technical and competitive level and, as a result, the spectacular nature of the event. As always, many high-performance yachts are expected thanks also to the support and involvement of the IMA, the International Association of Maxi Yachts, which has included the Rolex Giraglia in the nine races of the Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge, and the Swan One Design Class (50’-45’-42’). In this case to the coastal races of the Rolex Giraglia will constitute a leg of The Nations Trophy Med League.
For the Maxi 72 and Swan One Design classes special and much more technical and spectacular upwind/downwind courses will be prepared off the beaches of Pampelonne while the big ORC and IRC fleets will sail their coastal races in the Bay of St Tropez.
THE ROLEX GIRAGLIA
The Giraglia was conceived in 1953 as a 241 mile offshore race. Since then it has grown and today it includes a race from Sanremo and three days of coastal races in the Gulf of Saint Tropez. In 2019 this classic race celebrates its 67th anniversary. The Rolex Giraglia is organised by the Yacht Club Italiano with the collaboration of the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, the Yacht Club Sanremo, the Yacht Club de Monaco for the 2019 edition, and the Yacht Club de France. Rolex has been a partner of the Rolex Giraglia since 1998 and this year celebrates 21 years of collaboration with the Yacht Club Italiano.
THE YACHT CLUB ITALIANO
Founded in Genoa in 1879, the Yacht Club Italiano is the oldest yacht club in the Mediterranean. Based in the Porticciolo Duca degli Abruzzi, the YCI’s objectives have always been popularising yachting and organising races. The Rolex Capri Sailing Week, the Giraglia Rolex Cup and the MBA’s Conference & Regatta, the Olympic Classes World Series, the latest 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 and the Millevele and many other events distinguish the present and future of the Club, which is always open to new challenges.
In line with tradition, YCI partner BMW will be there to help also in this regatta with its much-appreciated shuttle service for guests, journalists and yacht owners.