Giraglia Rolex Cup 2011 is organised by the Yacht Club Italiano in conjunction with the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and is being held from 19 to 25 June.
By 10:00 CEST this morning, a further 41 yachts had followed Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) into Genoa, completing the 243-nautical mile adventure from Saint-Tropez.
As expected, Andres Soriano’s Alegre (GBR) and Sir Peter Ogden’s Jethou (GBR) finished in second and third place in real time, having occupied these positions for most of the race. The gap between the first and second finishers was around six hours. Nat Ives, navigator on Jethou, confirmed the difficulties for the crew in the light conditions: 'It was a very stop start race, whenever we thought we could get going, we had to stop again.'
The first Italian boat to finish was the Baltic-65 Stig, which completed the course in 41 hours, 20 minutes, 58 seconds.
Caol Ila (USA) owner Alexander Schaerer, whose crew finished around 20 minutes after Stig reflected on the race: 'It was great even if there was not enough wind, at least on one stretch. In a way it helped us as our tacticians positioned us way north so we got the wind first and a better angle to get into the Giraglia as we passed some of the racing boats, before a nice run back to Genoa.'
As the remainder of the fleet head slowly into Genoa, the confirmation of the overall winner may take some time.
The order of arrival for the first ten boats was as follows:
1. Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) 33.48.20
2. Alegre (GBR) 39.41.23
3. Jethou (GBR) 40.50.15
4. Stig (ITA) 41.20.58
5. DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA) 41.27.05
6. Caol Ila (USA) 41.40.42
7. Aegir 2 (GBR) 41.42.57
8. Near Miss (SUI) 41.43.16
9. Pace (GBR) 41.45.35
10. Paprec Recyclage (FRA) 42.05.50 Giraglia Rolex Cup website