sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Giraglia Rolex Cup - History, enchantment and dramatic action
Giraglia Rolex Cup - History, enchantment and dramatic action


'Start of the 243-nm offshore race'    Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

The Giraglia Rolex Cup while evoking a sense of history and enchantment, also reserved dramatic action. Attracting an eye-catching mix of new designs and historic entrants, yachts measuring from 30 to 100-feet, fully Corinthian and professional crews, the 61st running of this Mediterranean classic was defined by intense competition throughout the fleet.

Following three days of engaging inshore racing in Saint-Tropez, a fleet of 184 international crews from 14 countries graced the famous 243-nm offshore race running from Saint-Tropez to Genoa via the Giraglia rock. The race’s two winners were forced to work hard for their moment in the sun. Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones’s new Wally Cento Magic Carpet 3 from the United Kingdom sealed line honours as the race’s fastest boat but only after resisting determined competition from a potent group of smaller Mini Maxis. The recipient of the Giraglia Rolex Cup Trophy as overall race winner on handicap was the XP44 Alizée from France. Likewise, she had to defeat resilient rivals.

MAGIC CARPET 3 arrives in Genoa to claim line honours at the 2013 Giraglia Rolex Cup -  Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi  

It has been a few years since Owen-Jones last sailed at the Giraglia Rolex Cup. Arriving in 2013 with his brand new 100-ft Magic Carpet 3 he remarked: 'For me the passion of sailing is the competition. I like going fast and faster than the others!' Magic Carpet 3 began the offshore race as the marginal favourite for line honours. Heading offshore would provide a stern test of her potential although with Jochen Schümann – line honours winner in 2011 and 2012 with Esimit Europa 2 – calling tactics, Owen-Jones and his crew were in skilled hands. 'We have proven that we can beat the Mini Maxis in the inshore racing under reasonably fair conditions,' said Schümann shortly before the offshore race start, 'we should be the ones fighting for line honours.'

With Andres Soriano’s brand new Alegre (GBR) – Class winner in the inshore racing series, Alessandro Rombelli’s Stig (ITA), George Sakellaris’s Shockwave (USA), Sir Peter Ogden’s Jethou (GBR) and Alex Schaerer’s Caol Ila R (USA) – the former Alegre and Giraglia Rolex Cup line honours winner in 2009 – completing the Mini Maxi line-up, the forecast was for an intense contest.

Owen-Jones and Schümann were all too aware that the slightest tactical error in an offshore race regularly characterized by spells of light winds would be punished by the impressive cluster of 60 to 72-ft Mini Maxis. Niklas Zennström’s 72-ft Rán 2 – twice winner of the Rolex Fastnet Race – while now one of the older Mini Maxis boasts great pedigree and an expert team. She was predicted to push Magic Carpet 3 close. 'The great thing about the Mini Maxi fleet is that it is getting tighter and tighter,' commented Zennström. 'Everyone has the potential to win. You can’t look out for one boat but the whole fleet.'

Zennström’s tactician Adrian Stead added: 'It’s going to be tricky. Normally the breeze in this race is light. Each boat has a sweet spot depending on the conditions. At the end of the race, we need to say we’ve sailed the boat as best we can.' Mike Sanderson, tactician on American Hap Fauth’s 2012 launch Bella Mente, another 72-ft Mini Maxi, was equally excited by the level of competition: 'It doesn’t seem to matter where we are sailing, the Mini Maxi class is hard to beat and getting stronger. Bella Mente enjoys a bit of breeze and loves reaching and we are set up for this. The boat is going well and we tend to get it right when it matters.'

So it proved. Leaving Saint-Tropez under a ten-knot breeze at midday on Wednesday 19 June, the leading boats made steady progress to the Giraglia rock, the halfway point on the northern tip of Corsica. Magic Carpet 3 rounded the emblematic landmark first, at 07:00 CEST the following morning. She was in good company with the group of chasing Mini Maxis all rounding within the hour. It was there and on the upwind stretch to Genoa, that the key strategic decisions were made. Benefitting from Schümann’s tactical nous, Magic Carpet 3 hugged the rhumb line forcing the Mini Maxis to make their own tactical gambles if they wanted to find the breeze that would propel them past the Wally Cento.

On rounding the rock, Shockwave, Bella Mente, Stig and Caol Ila R sailed right of the rhumb line while Alegre and Rán 2 switched left. 'The first third of the race went to plan but we didn’t do a great job on the approach to the rock,' revealed Will Best, navigator on Alegre. 'It left us with few options but to spin the dice once we rounded the rock and move into the area of left pressure. It paid off. We made our gains back.' Rán 2 rolled the same dice and it nearly landed perfectly. At one stage and heading into the final 50-nm, Zennström’s crew led as Magic Carpet 3 parked. However, the larger boat’s resilient tactics ultimately paid dividends. 'We had a consistent plan and stuck to it while the Mini Maxi fleet split,' explained Schümann. 'We stayed close to the rhumb line looking for the new westerly to come and finally it arrived enabling us to reclaim the lead and win line honours. We made a lot of sail changes, even more than in an inshore race - this proves how changing the conditions were.'

Magic Carpet 3 arrived in Genoa a mere four minutes ahead of Rán 2 with Alegre finishing a further two minutes behind. Her elapsed finish time was 31 hours, 35 minutes and 48 seconds. For the remaining Mini Maxis, the tactical decision to move right after the Giraglia rock did not pay off. 'We decided to stay with Bella Mente and Stig,' explained Brett Ellis navigator on Caol Ila R, 'but there were some difficult transitions on route to Genoa. It was a tough race, closely fought. We made a lot of sail changes, spinnakers and code zero came up and down. A lot of time was spent formulating our plan to finish.'

Owen-Jones cut a delighted and relieved figure after finishing in Genoa. In 2005 his former Magic Carpet came agonisingly close to success only to lose out to North Sails Sportswear having led until 300 metres from the finish line. 'We didn’t do anything radical,' explained Owen-Jones on arrival at the Yacht Club Italiano, 'we knew which side of the course we wanted to be on. As the first boat we had to cover all our bets. We stayed pretty central and that played out well. I am very proud of the crew - not just talented people but a nice group.'

Day 1 class A winner NATALIA sails into Saint-Tropez - 2013 Giraglia Rolex Cup -  Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi  

The finish times registered by the leading boats - far behind the race record set by the 100-ft Maxi Esimit Europa 2 in 2012 - never threatened to secure outright race victory on handicap. Ultimately, the conditions proved ideal for the smaller boats and in particular the French crew on the XP44 Alizée - a 2012 build - who saw off determined competition, particularly from Swan 42s Natalia (ROU) – inshore race Class winner – and Tixwave (GBR) to claim the Giraglia Rolex Cup.

Laurent Camprubi, ALIZÉE - Overall Winner of the 2013 Giraglia Rolex Cup and Gian Riccardo Marini, General Director Of Rolex SA -  Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi  

'It’s a great surprise. At the Giraglia rock we knew we were well placed in Class as we rounded with Natalia,' explained Alizée owner Laurent Camprubi. 'After that we made the decision to go west and they went east and the conditions proved more favourable for our arrival into Genoa. We never thought about winning overall. Instead, we concentrated on the race and our direct competition, adapting accordingly to the weather. It is reward for our great team spirit. We are a really nice mix of ages and the 11-strong team includes my son and his friends.' For one member of Alizée’s crew, success was especially poignant. Skipper Richard Sautieux won the race back in 1968 and has waited 45 years for this cherished second success. Magic Carpet 3 and Alizée were rewarded for their hard-fought victories with Rolex timepieces and Alizée the Giraglia Rolex Cup Trophy at the final prizegiving in Genoa.

The Giraglia Rolex Cup – sponsored by Rolex since 1998 – has always enticed. Throughout its history, this democratic competition has been won by both state-of-the art goliaths and Corinthian crews on 30-ft boats. It has forever promoted a spirit of camaraderie and adventure, perhaps best articulated by Luca Pignone of Indomabile Pensiero, a competing yacht owned by organizers the Yacht Club Italiano. 'The fantastic thing about the Giraglia is you can see any type of wind condition, any type of boat and any type of competitor.'

For a significant portion of the Giraglia Rolex Cup fleet, offshore racing remains sharply in focus. A number of crews that tackled the famous race from Saint-Tropez to Genoa are now ready to take on the legendary 608-nm Rolex Fastnet Race. The appointment is for 11-16 August.

Line Honours Giraglia Rolex Cup:

Magic Carpet 3 (GBR), Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones
31 hours, 35 minutes, 48 seconds
Overall Results Giraglia Rolex Cup:

1. Alizée (FRA), Laurent Camprubi
2. Tixwave (GBR), Tixwave
3. Natalia (ROU), KDF Energy SRL

Further infor on the GRC available on the YCI website


by KPMS

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=111192

4:57 PM Mon 24 Jun 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

There are so many ways that the Dongfeng Race Team could have lost the chance to win the light-air marathon from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China. Leading from the first 24 hours to the finish, 23 and a half days later, 5,403 nautical miles sailed and eight different gulfs, oceans and seas, is not necessarily the most advisable way to try and take the spoils. ... [more]  

At ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, if the Chamber of Commerce had stayed up all night working at it, they could not have served up a better day for racing. ... [more]  

On day 2 of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, the rainstorms of yesterday vanished but the excellent wind conditions remained in place on Biscayne Bay. A more conventional day of racing saw US Sailing Team Sperry athletes finish the day in the top 10 in 5 Olympic classes and 2 Paralympic classes. ... [more]  

Bringing Dragon Sailors from around the world to Antigua. Harmony Hall Yacht Club, with the support of the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and the Inn at English Harbour, will host the second Annual Antigua Dragon Yacht Club Challenge with nine races scheduled to take place over five days in fantastic Caribbean conditions on identical Petticrow Dragons. ... [more]  

Sydney photographer, Michael Chittenden was on Sydney harbour last Sunday and captured these images from Race 4 of the NSW 18ft Skiff Championships ... [more]  

New Zealand short-handed sailor, Conrad Colman is on his second two handed round the world race, this time aboard the Spirit of Hungary with Nandor Fa sailing in the Barcelona Round the World Race: I had noticed a couple of chafing zones on the mainsail so I prepared some patches and the Dr. Sails flexible epoxy glue so we could drop the main quickly ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami- Photos provided by Ocean Images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on the water at 2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami and provided this gallery of images. ... [more]  

2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - It may have been a day late for Australia Day, but on the second day at the Sailing World Cup Miami, the Australian Finn sailors were on a charge with some sparkling performances. Giles Scott (GBR) still leads after winning the opening race of the day, while Jake Lilley (AUS) won the second and moved up to second overall. Ed Wright (GBR) is in third. ... [more]  

2015 Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race is set to begin Friday, February 6. The 32nd edition of the venerable Pineapple Cup – Montego Bay Race will start in Port Everglades, Florida, and send its 12-boat fleet on a challenging 811 nautical mile course to Montego Bay, Jamaica. George Sakellaris’s (Framingham, Mass.) 72-foot Shockwave will be the largest boat competing, so it should be interesting to ... [more]  

VX One momentum is growing with ever larger fleets showing the pure fun and easy performance of this true thoroughbred one design. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: A warm and colorful welcome for Team SCA into Sanya by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com NZL, Auckland, NZ
The all-female crew, Team SCA, arrived to a warm and colorful welcome including fireworks, Chinese dragons, orchid garlands and traditional costumes into the city of Sanya on Hainan Island in southern China early Tuesday evening (local time). 'It was a really different leg. I wouldn’t say it was hard in terms of the physical side but it just had lots of things coming at all angles ... [more]  

Touch2Play had the great fortune of participating in what would be the largest yet gathering of J88’s to date. Quantum Key West Race Week would serve as a chance to see how boats lined up against one another in conditions that covered the full range. For this event we had Rob and Sandy Butler, Steve Leibel, Keven Piper, Coleen Walsh and myself, Larry Huibers. ... [more]  

As the Barcelona World Race leaders race to the Crozet Islands, once again their paths have diverged – Neutrogena around 200 miles to the south-west of first-placed Cheminées Poujoulat on the water, and gaining around 40 miles in the past 24 hours. ... [more]  

For the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will announce on Saturday (31 January) at 10:00 CET the final line-up of sports. ... [more]  

On a high octane first day of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami on Monday (26 January) Giles Scott, Alison Young and the Paralympian Sonar trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas saw the best possible start to their 2015 sailing seasons with double race victories. ... [more]  

On the opening day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, it was sunny and bright. It was storming and raining sideways. It was sunny and bright. ... [more]  

On the opening day of racing at ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, presented by Sunbrella, it was sunny and bright. It was storming and raining sideways. It was sunny and bright. ... [more]  

RC44 World Championship Leg 1 gets underway on 24th March until 29th March 2015. The RC 44 Class is unlike any 40 foot sailing yacht ever designed, and the reason for that is simple. She is a high performance one design yacht created for top level racing in international regattas. If one was to compare this concept to racing cars, then we would be talking about the F1, NASCAR or similar. ... [more]  

On Day 1 of the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, Presented by Sunbrella, America's premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta, featured the full range of what sailing in Miami has to offer. Over 850 sailors enjoyed strong breeze for the duration of the day, in addition to a brief but powerful rainstorm. ... [more]  

ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Giles Scott (GBR) said last week that he hoped his unbeaten run would continue, and based on Monday’s form at the Sailing World Cup Miami, the 2014 World and European Finn Champion is giving it a pretty good shot ... [more]  

ISAF Olympic classes regatta Miami 2015 images provided by photographer Ingrid Abery. ... [more]  

Team Alvimedica won a Leg 3 podium place in China after some of the closest racing ever seen in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Turkish-American team protected their position in the final stretch to Sanya, carefully navigating a course peppered with fishing boats along the Vietnamese coast and across the South China Sea to cap off a well-sailed leg to clinch third. ... [more]  

The finish of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race in Sanya, China just before noon on January 27, 2015 marked an unbelievable end to a magnificent leg for Dongfeng Race Team. After leading the fleet virtually all the way from Abu Dhabi to Sanya in China, over more than 5,000 miles of intense ocean racing, Dongfeng finally crossed the finish line in first place ... [more]  

Winner of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng, have released footage taken from a drone launched from the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, as she sails in light airs on the last days of Leg 3 of the race. It is believed to be the first time a drone, launched from a competitor, has been used in a major ocean race. ... [more]  

World sailing history was created earlier today when Dongfeng Race Team became the first Chinese yacht to have a win in a premier trans-ocean racing event. Her win was also a first in the 41-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race. At 1131hrs UTC the Chinese flagged entry emphatically won Leg 3 in their home port of Sanya to take the overall leadin the 40,000nm event with six stages to go. ... [more]  

On the morning of the 26th of January, the Maersk Line ship MV Stockholm delivered the Team Vestas Wind's damaged VO65 to the port in Genoa, Italy. From here she will be taken to the Persico building facilty where the rebuild of the wrecked boat will be undertaken. The team's goal is to rejoin the race in Lisbon, Portugal in June, 2015. ... [more]  

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is considering backing Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup bid, in a move that would propel the fortunes of the Olympic gold medallist yet further. Sir Ben is believed to have asked the Virgin billionaire to consider backing the venture when he and his new wife, Georgie Thompson, spent time on Sir Richard’s Necker Island in January. ... [more]  

To the 91st 2015 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race significant changes have been made in order to enhance the race experience, and by the looks of it, sailors are embracing them wholeheartedly. ... [more]  

Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Monsoon Cup preview by Alpari World Match Racing Tour
The final event of the 2014 Alpari World Match Racing Tour, Monsoon Cup Malaysia, is to take place in its new home of Johor, the southernmost state of Malaysia, over 10th-14th February. In addition to being the grand finale of the Tour, the event will also see the 2014 ISAF Match Racing World Champion crowned. ... [more]  

In the Barcelona World Race the two lead boats are preparing for a gruelling 3,500-mile game of chase across the Southern Ocean, until the next natural gateway of the course, Cape Leeuwin in south-west Australia. ... [more]  

Quantum Key West Race Week provided the opportunity for the GC32s to make a spectacular debut in the USA. During the five days of racing held in balmy temperatures off the southernmost tip of Florida, crews experienced a range of conditions. ... [more]  

40 year old Charles Caudrelier the skipper of race leader Dongfeng was a major figure of the winning French team Groupama in 2011-12 . With the Dongfeng team now approaching Sanya, almost unstoppable, its worthwhile hearing from Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad who is hugely pleased with the current on water situation. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race - Last day drag race to Sanya
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Tense onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 - Dongfeng Race Team pushing hard!
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg 3 Finish - Video - Delayed feed
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - Countdown begins
Volvo Ocean Race: Donfeng set to create a piece of sailing history
Barcelona World Race - First of the iconic Great Capes has been passed
Classic 18fters racing on Sydney Harbour
Volvo Ocean Race - Can Dongfeng still hang on for a Sanya win??
Stephanie Roble, 2014 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year
Barcelona World Race - Taking advantage
Oakcliff Awarded Joe Prosser Award at US Sailing NSPS 2015
20 Nations head for 2015 St.Maarten Heineken Regatta
Volvo Ocean Race - Less than 500 miles to go
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Fantastic finish
Barcelona World Race: Weather beacons launched midrace
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5
Mount Gay Round Barbados Race – Gala prizegiving marks end of event
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 5 images by Ingrid Abery
Volvo Ocean Race Leader - Dongfeng - the right place at the right time
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Championship - Notice Of Race online   
Currently doing scheduled maintenance.   
Volvo Ocean Race: Changes to Team Vestas Wind crew   
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds: Highlight video released   
America's Cup: Oracle crew mate lodges complaint against Tienpont   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 4 images by Ingrid Abery   
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami - US Sailing Team preview   
Quantum Key West Race Week 2015 - A great day   
Volvo Ocean Race: Jump seat and Pro-Am race spots up for auction   
Lauderdale Olympic Classes Regatta overall   
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng? Race Team suffer? damage   
America's Cup: Italy to host first America's Cup World Series regatta   
Breeze and Sunshine at Quantum Key West Race Week   
Images of the Millennium Cup and Bay of Islands Sailing Week - Day 1:   
2015 Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race – Three records broken   
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta - Simplified logistics and fun themes   
2015 Quantum Key West Race Week - Day 3 images by Ingrid Abery   
Millennium Cup: Racing in the picturesque Bay of Islands   
Volvo Ocean Race - Up up and away   
Barcelona World Race - 'Haves' and 'Have Nots'   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT