About Giraglia Rolex Cup


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Three events in one

The Giraglia Rolex Cup is three events in one, com­pris­ing overnight races from Mar­seilles and San­re­mo to Saint-Tropez; an inshore series in Saint-Tropez; and the famous off­shore race ‘La Giraglia’, which runs 241 nau­ti­cal miles from Saint-Tropez to Genoa via the islet that gives the event its name. The 64th edi­tion starts on Fri­day, 10 June 2016.

Mediter­ranean tra­di­tion

The event was estab­lished in 1953, in the after­math of the Sec­ond World War, to help repair rela­tions between Italy and France. It has been held every year since and has devel­oped into one of the biggest sail­ing fes­ti­vals of the Mediter­ranean sea­son, with some 2500 pro­fes­sion­al and ama­teur crew mem­bers from all over Europe and beyond tak­ing part.

Cama­raderie and respect

Cre­at­ed by mem­bers of the Yacht Club Ital­iano and the Yacht Club de France in a Paris bistro, the event is still orga­nized by a com­bi­na­tion of French and Ital­ian yacht clubs. Today, the Société Nau­tique de Saint-Tropez and the Yacht Club Ital­iano, both part­ner yacht clubs of Rolex, main­tain the found­ing prin­ci­ples of friend­ship and fra­ter­ni­ty.

Inter­na­tion­al ren­dezvous

The three-race inshore series in Saint-Tropez pro­vides both fierce com­pe­ti­tion on the water and a cher­ished oppor­tu­ni­ty ashore for crews to meet and exchange sto­ries in one of France’s most con­vivial and envi­able Mediter­ranean ports. The 2016 inshore series takes place from 12 – 14 June.

Myth­ic sta­tus

The off­shore race is the biggest draw of the event. The Giraglia has achieved myth­ic sta­tus in the sail­ing world, sim­i­lar to the Fast­net Rock, the Organ Pipes and Strom­boli. A large ridge-backed rock, the Giraglia is the north­ern exten­sion of the Cap Corse. It lies bare­ly one nau­ti­cal mile off the coast of Cor­si­ca, mea­sur­ing 600 metres in length, a mere 50 metres wide and ris­ing just 60 metres above sea lev­el.

Inte­gral part­ner­ship

Rolex has been a part­ner since 1998. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Yacht Club Ital­iano and the oth­er orga­niz­ing clubs, the Swiss watch brand has helped raise the stature and appeal of this event to extra­or­di­nary heights. The record fleet stands at 220 yachts, affirm­ing the appeal and suc­cess of the orig­i­nal, hum­ble con­cept. And, for the com­peti­tors, the prospect of win­ning this ven­er­a­ble con­test has con­sid­er­able attrac­tions.

PS: GIulietta Racing Team starts tonight (10–06-16) at 23h Lisbon time, to the 64th edition of Giraglia Rolex Cup. Follow it!



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