ROLEX GIRAGLIA 2020
We are pleased to inform you that the 2020 Notice of Race has been published and therefore online registrations have been activated as from today
As usual, the Rolex Giraglia week begins with the Sanremo-Saint Tropez race which will start at midnight on Friday, June 5th. Than three days of inshore racing at St Tropez from Sunday the 7th to Tuesday the 9th,
For Group 0 and Swan One Design fleets, the programmme will, see a mix windward/leeward courses and coastal courses, whilst for ORC and IRC groups, only coastal courses with a maximum lenght of 35 miles.
Wednesday the 10that midday, start of the offshore race.
On Saturday 13th, official prize-giving ceremony for all races (Inshore e Offshore) and awarding of the Rolex and Challenge Trophies at the Yacht Club Italiano
The classic Rolex Giraglia offshore race, is sailed over a triangular course with the Giraglia islet as its southern apex. 241 nautical miles with the start at midday on June 11. There is a leg towards the offset mark the Formigue rocks, then a long leg south of about 120 miles towards Corsica and finally the return leg to Genoa of just under 100 miles.
The whole race will be covered by online tracking with real and compensated time positions for all boats in the fleet.
To date the record for the race is 14 hours 59 minutes, clocked by the Maxi Esimit Europa 2 in 2012. The American maxi Rambler 88 failed to beat it by a whisker – less than an hour – last year. Since the long race in the Rolex Giraglia ended up in the sights of the great record hunters, every year is a “crescendo” in terms of quantity and, above all, quality of the boats hoping for line honours in this magnificent race.
The Rolex Giraglia is organized by Yacht Club Italiano under the aegis of the Federazione Italiana Vela, and the Fédération Française de Voile, in collaboration with:
- Société Natique de Saint Tropez
- Yacht Club Sanremo
With patronage of:
- Yacht Club de France
- Union Nationale pour la Course au Large
- The International Maxi Association
- Swan One Design
- City of Saint Tropez
- City of Sanremo
- City of Genoa
Rolex has been "Title Partner" of Rolex Giraglia since 1998 and celebrates twenty-two years of collaboration with the Yacht Club Italiano this year.
Slam is technical sponsor and producer of the special merchandising line designed specifically for the event.
The Rolex Giraglia is a valid Race of the French Championship Méditerranée IRC UNCL.
The IMA (International Maxi Association) is proud to include the Rolex Giraglia in its 2020 race calendar. The offshore race comprises part of the 2020 Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge. The inshore races are part of the 2020 Mediterranean Maxi Inshore Challenge.
The Rolex Giraglia is valid for The Nations Legue 2020, only for Swan One Desig (ClubSwan 50’, ClubSwan 42’, ClubSwan 36’)
The Rolex Giraglia, after a break in 2019 with the arrival in Monaco, returns to its usual configuration with the finish of the offshore race at the headquarters of the Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa. Here, waiting for the finishers, there will be a 24-hour welcome service with a restaurant and classic local products. From 2020, in addition to the return of the X2s, with the Rolex Giraglia for two reaching its sixth edition.
The Rolex Giraglia will also become "Classic", with a special classification for yachts built before 1985 taking part in the offshore race. The winner in the Overall ranking, in the most numerous Class among IRC and ORC/ORC Club (Classics only) will be awarded the “YCI Heritage Challenge Trophy”. The first yacht in real-time will be awarded the Classic Trophy.
NoR 2020 Rolex Giraglia: The relevance of “Offshore Scoring”
The organizing club, Yacht Club Italiano, wish to remind you how the offshore race Saint Tropez - Giraglia - Genoa has now become a “must-do” within the context of a sailing tradition that Italy and France have shared since 1953.
Rolex Giraglia has a well-deserved place in the iconic international offshore regattas, on a par with the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the Rolex Middle Sea Race and the Rolex Fastnet.
We, therefore, invite you to give serious consideration to racing the Offshore Race that will start at noon-time on Wednesday 10th June 2020, heading for the famous rock on the northern-most tip of Corsica to finish at Yacht Club Italiano’s historical clubhouse.
No doubt the huge success met by the Rolex Giraglia, with an ever-increasing number of entries over the years, is also attributable to its thick agenda of sporting events throughout the week, such as the Sanremo - Saint.Tropez and inshore racing in the Gulf of Saint Tropez.
More than that, effective this year the organizing authorities may consider racing the Offshore Classic as a pre-condition to gain access to certain benefits which may be envisaged in the future by the Notice of Race, such as mooring availability, entry fees, quotas on number of entries, etc, in the event a selective approach was to appear necessary due to organizational reasons.