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The 65th anniversary ofThe Giraglia Rolex Cup

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The 65th anniversary ofThe Giraglia Rolex Cup

 

The famous Vieux Port of Saint-Tropez, a location whose light has inspired a multitude of artists, is today absorbed in nautical activity, as hundreds of yachts and thousands of competitors engage in a week of first class sailing at the 2017 Giraglia Rolex Cup.

This is the 65th uninterrupted year that the event has been held. Longevity which is testament to the Giraglia Rolex Cup’s enduring popularity and appeal. Distinctly Franco-Italian in heritage, today it is an international event of excellent repute. Nearly 250 yachts from some 25 countries are participating in the 2017 edition.

Partnered by Rolex since 1998, the Giraglia Rolex Cup is a veritable festival of sailing. While continually evolving, the event has always remained true to its deep rooted values, principally camaraderie, friendship and fair competition.

 
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A Mediterranean Tradition

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A 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 around 3,000 professional and amateur crew members from all over Europe and beyond taking part.

Created by the then presidents 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 prestigious partner yacht clubs of Rolex, maintain the founding principles of friendship and fraternity. 

 
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One Week, Three Events

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One Week, Three Events

 

The sailing competition at the Giraglia Rolex Cup is divided into three separate stages. The first has already concluded with a significant proportion of the week’s fleet negotiating separate arrival races from Marseille and Sanremo. The second stage commenced today, three days of intense inshore racing in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez, an area synonymous with the race having hosted the inshore series and start of the week’s main event, the 241-nm offshore race to Genoa, Italy, since 1998. It concludes on Tuesday 13 June; the offshore race from Saint-Tropez to Genoa commences on Wednesday 14 June.

 
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Mythic Status

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Mythic Status

 

Commencing on Wednesday, 14 June the offshore race is the biggest draw of the Giraglia Rolex Cup. The race is intense, and the margins for error are minimal. Precise navigation, flawless decision making and strong teamwork are essential attributes for the competing crew. The Giraglia islet, which lends the race its name, 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.