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GIRAGLIA ROLEX CUP.

The most distinguished offshore race in the Med.

GIRAGLIA ROLEX CUP.

The most distinguished offshore race in the Med.

Giraglia Rolex Cup. The most distinguished offshore race in the Med.

The Giraglia Rolex Cup is the Mediterranean's oldest and most distinguished offshore race – it celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2013: Italian yachtsman Beppo Croce – father of Carlo Croce, current president of World Sailing and the Yacht Club Italiano – and French yachtsman René Levainville – President of the French Sailing Federation – met in a small bistro in Paris in 1953, where they came up with the idea of organising a regatta between the two countries. The race has provided a harmonious link between the French and Italian sailing community since its conception in 1953. After three days of inshore racing in elegant and artistic Saint-Tropez, around 200 yachts of over 30 feet in length line up for the offshore race, which takes the yachts 243 nautical miles from Saint-Tropez to the grand seaport of Genoa. The circumnavigation of the Giraglia Rock is an iconic moment for every sailor, as it marks the turn to the finish.

The race is organised by Yacht Club Italiano in conjunction with Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and Yacht Club de France.

ROUTE.

The iconic regatta takes its name from an isolated cliff formation at the northern tip of Corsica, La Giraglia. Here stands a lighthouse. On the one hand, the lighthouse became the race's landmark; on the other, it heralds the final leg towards Genoa. Throughout the history of the Giraglia Race, to give the endurance race its official title, various courses have been sailed. However, they have all had one thing in common: La Giraglia had to be circumnavigated. Since 1998, a 243-nautic mile route from St. Tropez to Genoa has become the established course, which sophisticated maxi yachts take on every year.

 

The Giraglia Rolex Cup is about more than just the Giraglia Race and performance-oriented maxi yachts: the regatta opens with a sprint race from Sanremo to Saint-Tropez, followed by spectacular inshore regattas in the picturesque Saint-Tropez bay. These also count towards the overall standings. One thing that makes the regatta particularly appealing is the fascinating mix of boats, from maxis and cruisers to historical yachts, which makes for some captivating images. The Giraglia Rolex Cup is also a social happening with exclusive evening events. 

Giraglia Rolex Cup Highlights 2016

HIGHLIGHT MOVIE 2016.

A legendary regatta.

HIGHLIGHT MOVIE 2016.

A legendary regatta.

The Giraglia Rolex Cup is not only one of the most traditional sailing events in the Mediterranean; it is one of the most beautiful regattas in the world. Fascinating start and finish points, a spectacular route and the friendly togetherness made the Giraglia Rolex Cup 2016 again a great sailing festival.

THE REGATTA IN NUMBERS.

The essentials of the Giraglia Rolex Cup.

 

The offshore race record holder is Igor Simcic’s Esimit Europe 2 (Slovenia): Unbeaten until 2012, he clocked the fastest time of 14 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds.

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