Giraglia Rolex Cup 2016 Expects World-Class Fleet
Published: Monday, 30 May 2016
The 64th edition of Giraglia Rolex Cup will be held on French port of Saint-Tropez June 10 - 18. It is organised by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, the Yacht Club Sanremo and the Cercle Nautique et Touristique du Lacydon.
This year’s anticipated fleet of over 200 yachts will be drawn from all corners of the globe. The event will begin with a 243-nautical-mile offshore race between Cannes and Sanremo, via the eponymous Giraglia rock. This year’s contest will get underway on Friday June 10 with overnight races from Marseilles and Sanremo to Saint-Tropez. A three-day inshore series follows June 12-14. The main event - the offshore race - will start on Wednesday June 15 from the French port, with the grand finale prize giving held at the Yacht Club Italiano’s clubhouse in the finishing port of Genoa on Saturday June 18.
Rolex has been an indispensable part of this competition since 1998, and works in close partnership with the Yacht Club Italiano and the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez to ensure the event maintains its elevated status within the world of yacht races.
The Giraglia Rolex Cup attracts a kaleidoscope of nationalities. The French and Italians make up the bulk but also yachts from Asia, the Southern Hemisphere, the USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, the Nordic countries, Eastern Europe and Russia.
In over 60 years of trying, the record of the offshore race has been improved on six occasions since the famous photo finish that marked the inaugural race in 1953 (EA of Italy and Amity of France crossing the finish line at the same time). The latest was in 2012 when Igor Simcic’s Slovenian blue streak, Esimit Europa 2 skippered by Olympic medallist Jochen Schümann, set a record-breaking time of 14 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds.
In 2015, when a new record fleet of 240 yachts took part, it was Lindsay Owen-Jones who prevailed with the 100-foot Magic Carpet Cubed after 15 years of trying to gain the final prize. In 2014, the prize went to Bernard Vananty’s 42-foot Tixwave from Switzerland. Six of the last 10 winners of the race have been composed entirely of Corinthian sailors.
Check out the official preview video of Giraglia Rolex Cup 2016: