Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Kids range

Giraglia Rolex Cup - Tixwave emerges overall winner

by KPMS on 21 Jun 2014
Swan 42 TIXWAVE - overall winner of the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup. © Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi http://www.carloborlenghi.net
In the 62nd edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup, Bernard Vananty’s Tixwave went one better than last year to secure an overall win in the offshore race. Last year’s bridesmaid to this year’s bride: made to look simple. Tixwave, a Swan 42, finished at 22.50 CEST on Thursday night knocking Luca Locatelli’s Thetis off the top spot in the standings, a position she had held for a mere 30 minutes.

Vananty was predictably delighted with the result. Winning a mythic race like the Giraglia Rolex Cup is every racing yachtsman’s dream: a confirmation of ability, a reward for perserverance and a lasting place in the sport’s long and rich history.

Bernard Vananty: 'It was quite special to do the Giraglia Rolex Cup this year because it is exactly 40 years ago that I did my first one. I was 18/19 years old. It was very windy, we had a prototype boat and we could not finish the race. Last year we came back to do the race again, we were second overall and this year we have won!'

'Prior to the event we thought we could have a chance to win but, of course, we are not the only ones on the starting line with this thought. There are a lot of experienced competitors doing this race, so it is logical that one has to fight for a good result.'

'The entire team is extremely happy, and extremely pleased to have won. It was our goal this year and we were able to achieve this goal.'

'We love this kind of race where you have to stay focused day and night and work in separate teams, which are built up for the race. We worked in shifts of three hours but each one of us stayed engaged during the entire race. Of course to have won this special edition with the finish in Monaco makes it even more valuable.'


This evening attention turns to the inauguration of the Yacht Club de Monaco’s splendid new clubhouse, designed by Lord Norman Foster and situated on Quai Louis II. The ceremony will be conducted by HSH Prince Albert II, the club’s President. It promises to be a spectacular affair with lights and a concert to entertain the invited guests and crews participating in the Giraglia Rolex Cup.

Tomorrow will offer a final, formal opportunity for crews to reflect on their experiences at the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup when the prize giving takes place at the Yacht Club de Monaco.



For more detailed information about the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup including results and race tracking please visit the Yacht Club Italiano website.

Bakewell-White Yacht DesignProtector - 660 x 82North Technology - Southern Spars

Related Articles

Thornburg's FOMO setting off to Cuba in St Petersburg Yacht Club Race
Lloyd Thornburg’s “FOMO” (Shaun Carkeek 40 mkII) will today set off from St Petersburg Yacht Club to Cuba. Lloyd Thornburg’s “FOMO” (Shaun Carkeek 40 mkII) will today set off from St Petersburg Yacht Club to Cuba. Onboard with him he has, Nick Rogers, Simon Fisher, Jan Dekker, Mark Andrews, Henry Bomby, Pete Cumming ,Rob Greenhalgh and Ben Quatromoni. The race has fantastic history dating back to 1929 and has been revived this year for the first time since 1959.
Posted today at 4:29 pm
EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour hangs in the balance after crucial Leg 5
Team Al Mouj Muscat edged across the finish line in Dubai just one second ahead of EFG Bank Monaco after intense racing In one of the closest leg finishes ever seen in seven editions of EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour, Team Al Mouj Muscat edged across the finish line in Dubai just one second ahead of EFG Bank Monaco after 34 hours of intense racing from Doha.
Posted today at 11:45 am
Cruising Club of America names annual award recipients
The Cruising Club of America selected Michael J. Johnson (Santa Fe, N.M.) to receive Club’s Blue Water Medal for 2016 The Cruising Club of America (CCA) selected Michael J. Johnson (Santa Fe, N.M.) to receive the Club’s Blue Water Medal for 2016, awarded for his extensive cruising for over 40 years, covering more than 125,000 nautical miles and including an east-to-west circumnavigation below the five great southern capes.
Posted today at 4:02 am
JJ Giltinan 18ft skiffs - Replay Coverage of Race 3
Catch the latest race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for the 18ft Skiffs, sailed on Sydney harbour. Catch the latest race of the JJ Giltinan Trophy for the 18ft Skiffs, sailed on Sydney harbour. Great coverage from the very knowledgeable team on the Camera Cat, including commentary from Peter Shipway, Bob Killick and Andrew Buckland.
Posted today at 3:41 am
Les Voiles de St. Barth - VORs in the spotlight
With curtain set to rise on Les Voiles de St. Barth in just over six weeks no fewer than 57 boats signed up for event With the curtain set to rise on the eighth edition of Les Voiles de St. Barth in just over six weeks (10 to 15 April, 2017), no fewer than 57 boats are already signed up for the event. Among these will be an impressive and rather unique fleet of Volvo Ocean Race boats, including both VOR 60s and VOR 70s.
Posted today at 3:05 am
Unreal acts of seamanship
It was a pleasure to watch Kiwi Conrad Coleman cross the finish line to complete his Vendée Globe. It was a pleasure to watch Kiwi Conrad Coleman cross the finish line to complete his Vendée Globe. He lapped the planet without using any kind of fossil fuels; just wind and solar to power an array of instruments as well as the all important (and power hungry) auto-pilot.
Posted today at 12:11 am
Vendée Globe – Slow down, you move too fast
The Dutch skipper has been forced to slow down to attempt to let the gales move away ahead of him in the Bay of Biscay. After the arrival of five skippers last week, there are now only two left at sea this morning: Pieter Heerema and Sébastien Destremau. The Dutch skipper has been forced to slow down to attempt to let the gales move away ahead of him in the Bay of Biscay.
Posted on 27 Feb
Vendée Globe – Why Pieter Heerema has to wait a little while longer
The Dutch skipper has less than 600 miles to go to reach Les Sables d’Olonne but is not likely to finish before Thursday The Dutch skipper has less than 600 miles to go to reach Les Sables d’Olonne, but is not likely to finish before Thursday, when he is expected to take seventeenth place
Posted on 27 Feb
11 boats to race the first ever GC32 Championship
Paul Kohlhoff, who represented Germany in the Nacra 17 catamaran at Rio 2016, is skippering SVB Team Germany Land Rover BAR Academy announced its squad for the 2017 season today. Like last year, the crew here is unusually being led by its bowman, in this case with former shorthanded offshore sailor, Rob Bunce, taking over from Neil Hunter, who has graduated up to the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup sailing team.
Posted on 27 Feb
RORC Caribbean 600 – A totally unique race
Close to 900 sailors from 30 different nations competed in the ninth edition of the RORC's classic offshore race. The 2017 edition will be remembered for highly competitive racing throughout the fleet, with American yachts winning the major prizes. The race was affected by unusual weather conditions, with a low pressure system sending the wind direction spinning through 360º of the compass.
Posted on 27 Feb