GIRAGLIA ROLEX CUP

FRIDAY 10 – SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2016

PRESS RELEASE

2016 GIRAGLIA ROLEX CUP GETS UNDERWAY

Saint-Tropez – 11 June 2016 – The 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup officially started yesterday as two fleets – one sailing from Marseille and the other from Sanremo – set off at midnight on an overnight race to Saint-Tropez. Fastest boat on the French course was Gerard Logel’s IRC 52, Arobas 2, which finished the 76 nautical miles in a time of 11 hours, 47 minutes. On the Italian side, it was Joern Larsen’s Volvo Open 70 Trifork L4 finishing the shorter 60 nm course in 9 hours 29 minutes.

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GENTLE OPENER

Conditions during the Marseille race were generally light with between 6 and 10 knots mainly from the west. The Figaro Solo, Fogolu, of Michel de Bressy prevailed on corrected time under IRC. The Sanremo fleet of 113 yachts started in a 7 to 8 west south-westerly, but with a big hole enveloping part of the course only just over half completed the race. In the 64 boat ORC Class, the win went to Federico Massari’s Grand Soleil 341 Mariel, while in the 49 boat IRC Class, Nicolas Groux’s First 40.7 Tarka proved supreme.

Tomorrow, Sunday, the 64th Giraglia Rolex Cup enters its second phase, a 3-day inshore series, centred on Saint-Tropez. With some 210 boats participating, the town’s eponymous gulf will be filled with sails offering a spectacular sight for residents and visitors on both shores of the quintessential French Mediterranean bay.

DELIGHTED ORGANIZER

With some 269 yachts entered in the main event, the 241 nm offshore race to the Italian port of Genoa, which starts on Wednesday, the Giraglia Rolex Cup is in good health. A fact not missed by Carlo Croce, President of the principal organizing club, the Yacht Club Italiano: “This year promises to be an extraordinary edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup with a record participation and an impressive fleet. We are pleased to have added the Marseille to Saint-Tropez race to the programme, and are confident next year it will be an even bigger success. The fleet of Mini 650s is another addition that gives great satisfaction, and it sits well alongside the solid entries in the Giraglia Solo and Giraglia Double-Handed classes. And finally, we have the lovely surprise of three classic boats – Moonbeam, Mariska and Lelantina – to look forward to!”

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The 2016 Giraglia Rolex Cup is organized by the Yacht Club Italiano, with the collaboration of the Yacht Club de France, Société Nautique de Saint Tropez, the Yacht Club Sanremo and the Cercle Nautique et Touristique du Lacydon and, with the partnership of Rolex.

Some 18 nations will be represented by the 303 yachts expected to participate across the elements, including: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Portugal, The Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

ROLEX AND YACHTING

Rolex has always sought to associate with activities that, like itself, were motivated by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. Naturally, Rolex gravitated toward the elite world of sailing, forming an alliance that dates back to the late 1950s. Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of some 15 major international events.

From leading offshore races, such as the Rolex Sydney Hobart and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, through to the highest-level one-design competition at the Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup, as well as the brand’s support of the International Sailing Federation and its close relationships with the most prestigious yacht clubs around the world, including the New York Yacht Club (US) and the Royal Yacht Squadron (Cowes, UK), Rolex is driven by a passion for excellence and a great       appreciation for yachting that furthers the strong ties that bind these two worlds in their shared pursuit of perfection.

ABOUT ROLEX

Leading   brand   of the   Swiss watch industry, Rolex, headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster watches, all certified as chronometers for their precision, are symbols of excellence, performance and prestige. Pioneer in the development of the wristwatch as early as 1905, the brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, introduced in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities, as well as philanthropic programmes.

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