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Giraglia Rolex Cup - Esimit Europa 2 claims line honours

by KPMS on 14 Jun 2012
Line honours winner, ESIMIT EUROPA 2 (SLO) - Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012 © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo http://www.regattanews.com
Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012 offshore race, from Saint-Tropez to Sanremo is currently underway. At 03:16.16 CEST this morning, Igor Simcic’s 100-foot Maxi Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) crossed the finish line in Sanremo and claimed line honours, making short work of the circa 242-nautical mile course.

In the process, Esimit Europa 2 smashed the course record, finishing in a time of 14 hours, 56 minutes and 16 seconds. Simcic’s pan-European crew shaved just over three hours off the previous race record set by Neville Crichton’s Alfa Romeo 2 (NZL) in 2008. It is Esimit Europa 2’s third straight line honours win at the Giraglia Rolex Cup.


'Whenever we have come to do the Giraglia Rolex Cup we have always sought to break the race record,' remarked an elated Simcic on arrival. 'Just before departure we verified that the race conditions were the same as we had forecast earlier in the week and we knew that there was an opportunity to beat the record. We stuck to our plan.' Once Esimit Europa 2 had rounded the Giraglia rock by 21:05 CEST yesterday evening, it became apparent that a fast time was on the cards.

Esimit Europa 2 has the distinction of breaking the record during a historic year for the event. Simcic continued: 'It is clear that it being the 60th edition makes this Giraglia even more special and to beat the record on the anniversary is a great honour. To obtain this result we needed some luck but, above all, good crew work and the right conditions.'


Jochen Schümann – Esimit’s skipper – had forecast a 15-hour race shortly before departure from Saint-Tropez. He was true to his word. 'It was not an easy race as we saw a breeze of up to 40 knots so anything could happen and we sailed quite a conservative race,' he admits. 'We had a good start, leading at the top mark. We didn’t jibe around the Giraglia rock as it was so windy, so we tacked around just to make sure we didn’t break anything. We drifted in to the finish with only a few knots of wind. Overall, we had fantastic conditions so I think this record will be very hard to beat.'

By 10:30 CEST, another three boats had crossed the finish line in Sanremo. Sir Peter Ogden’s 62-foot Mini Maxi Jethou (GBR) was second to finish the race, narrowly followed by the Volvo Open 70 E1 (AUT). Franck Noel’s impressive TP52 Near Miss (SUI) was the fourth finisher and currently leads on handicap. All three crews finished just 30 minutes outside the previous race record – proof of the opportune conditions for the bigger boats.

Five yachts have officially retired from the race. The conditions that the remainder of the 170-strong fleet face today on arrival into Sanremo will determine the identity of the race’s overall winner.

ESIMIT EUROPA 2 off the Sanremo  - Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012 ©  Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo http://www.regattanews.com
ESIMIT EUROPA 2 off the Sanremo - Giraglia Rolex Cup 2012 © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo
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