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The scintillating 2013 Giraglia Rolex Cup start is on the horizon. In upwards of 200 yachts representing almost twenty countries will contest this historic annual event, which has been running for 60 uninterrupted years.

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Competition on the water starts this evening with around half the fleet scheduled to participate in the 58-nm prologue race running from Sanremo, Italy to Saint-Tropez, France. Over the weekend, the international fleet will swell in size and engage in three days of inshore racing off Saint-Tropez. This is typically a chance to sharpen teamwork and tactics ahead of the main event – the 243-nm offshore race from Saint-Tropez to Genoa via the Giraglia rock, which commences on Wednesday 19 June.

In the competition for overall victory on handicap, American George Sakellaris’ 72-ft Shockwave is one of four yachts on the 2013 entry list to have previously won the main prize, albeit under former owner Neville Crichton in 2010. The remaining boats with Giraglia Rolex Cup winning pedigree are defending champion Near Miss, a TP52 from Switzerland, 2011 French winner Foxy Lady and Italian entrant Edimetra, a Wally 65 owned by Ernesto Gismondi and triumphant in 1999.

The contest to be crowned overall winner of the competition is always an open affair and difficult to predict. A combination of teamwork and tactics will play a key part, but so too will the wind and its vagaries.

The Giraglia Rolex Cup is organized by the Yacht Club Italiano, in conjunction with the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and the Yacht Club de France, prestigious organisations with well-established ties to Rolex, title sponsors of the historic event since 1998.

Event Schedule

Friday 14 June
Race Sanremo, Italy to Saint-Tropez, France – 58-nm
Registration & Inspection

Saturday 15 June
Registration & Inspection (Saint-Tropez)

Sunday 16 June
Inshore racing (Saint-Tropez)

Monday 17 June
Inshore racing (Saint-Tropez)
Rolex Crew Party (Saint-Tropez)

Tuesday 18 June
Inshore racing (Saint-Tropez)

Wednesday 19 June
Offshore race start – 243-nm Saint-Tropez – La Fourmigue – La Giraglia – Genoa

Thursday 20 June
Arrival of first boats (Genoa)
Race record: 14 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds

Friday 21 June (depending on boat arrivals)
Final prize giving, Yacht Club Italiano (Genoa)

 

How to Follow the Event

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Further information on the Giraglia Rolex Cup may be found at www.yci.it

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