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.