The iconic regatta takes its name from an isolated cliff formation at the northern tip of Corsica, La Giraglia. Here stands a lighthouse, which must be rounded. On the one hand, this lighthouse became the race’s landmark. On the other hand, it heralds the final leg towards Genoa. Throughout the history of the Giraglia Race, to give the endurance race its official title, various different courses have been sailed. However, they have all had one thing in common: La Giraglia had to be rounded. 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 maxis: the regatta opens with a sprint race from Sanremo to Saint-Tropez. This is followed by spectacular inshore regattas in the picturesque by in St. Tropez. 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 historic yachts, which makes for some captivating images. The Giraglia Rolex Cup is also a social event, with exclusive evening events.