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Rolex Giraglia 2021: Notice of Race published, online registration is open

by Yacht Club Italiano 24 Apr 14:04 PDT 13-19 June 2021
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The Yacht Club Italiano, organiser of the 68th edition of the Rolex Giraglia, has published the Notice of Race and officially opened registration for this offshore classic, starting this year from Sanremo.

The Rolex Giraglia will thus start on Wednesday, June 16 from Sanremo over a route of 241 miles with the first mark in French waters between Cannes and Saint Tropez and then heading for the islet of Giraglia. The finish line will be the Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa where the prize-giving will be held on Saturday, June 19.

The Yacht Club Italiano and its partners feel that this unprecedented programme, with start and finish in Italy as a result of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, will honour the tradition of the Rolex Giraglia, reinforcing the friendly relationships between Italy and France and facilitating the participation of crews from Italy and abroad. For this reason, the Société Nautique di Saint Tropez will be in charge of the approach race from Saint Tropez to Sanremo, for all the boats joining the race from France. They will also be overseeing the Rade d'Agay mark, about 15 miles from Saint Tropez, part of the new course of this year course of the regatta.

The 2021 edition in fact sees two separate approach races headed to Sanremo. Two legs of about 60 miles, one starting from Genoa and one from Saint Tropez, to allow Italian and foreign crews to race to Sanremo, the official start of the race.

The Rolex Giraglia is back in 2021 with an unprecedented format with the start in Sanremo, with which it has a very long relationship: it was from Sanremo that the first edition of the race started on Saturday, July 12, 1953. And still speaking of tradition, before taking on its "modern" format with the Saint-Tropez week from 1998, the race has seen a succession of starting and finishing ports. From 1953, the Giraglia started from Cannes (1), from Le Lavandou (5), from Toulon (14), from Sanremo (22), from St. Tropez (25), and finished in Monaco (2), Le Lavandou (2), St. Tropez (3), Toulon (16), Genoa (18) and Sanremo (26).

The news

The 2021 race will see the return of the Rolex Giraglia X2, at its sixth edition and also the entry of the big MULTI 70, including Giovanni Soldini's Maserati, fresh from a season of records in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, in the front line to defend the Italian honours.

The Rolex Giraglia also becomes Classic, with a special ranking for yachts built before 1985 taking part in the offshore race. To the boat classified first Overall, in the most numerous IRC and ORC/ORC Club Class (just among the Classics) the YCI Heritage challenge Trophy will be awarded. The first boat to finish in Real Time will win the Classic Trophy.

The yachts

The Rolex Giraglia is open to all yachts with an IRC/ORC/ORC Club certificate with an overall length of more than 9.14 m. The fleet will be subdivided into four main groups:

  • Group 0: for yachts of more than 18.05 m
  • Group A: (Classes 0 - 1- 2)
  • Group B: (Classes 3 and 4)
  • MULTI 70

The programme

Sunday, June 13:

  • 7 PM: Start of the Genoa-Sanremo;
  • 7 PM: Start of the Saint Tropez - Sanremo;
Monday 14: Arrival in Sanremo and start of registrations;

Tuesday 15: Registration of Rolex Giraglia participants and prize-giving for the previous day's races;

Wednesday 16: Start of the Rolex Giraglia offshore;

Saturday 19: Prizegiving at the Yacht Club Italiano.

The Rolex Giraglia is a race valid for the Championnat Méditerranée IRC UNCL. IMA (International Maxi Association) is proud to include the Rolex Giraglia in its 2021 calendar. The offshore race is part of the 2021 Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge.


Eligible yachts must register exclusively online on by 11 PM of May 27's 2021, including their entry fee and Rating Certificate. All yachts registering by May 11th will be guaranteed a free mooring in the Port of Sanremo subject to availability.


The races are organised by the Yacht Club Italiano under the aegis of the Federazione Italiana Vela, the Fédération Francaise de Voile and in collaboration with:

  • Société Nautique de Saint Tropez ?
  • Yacht Club Sanremo?
  • Yacht Club de France ?
  • Union Nationale pour la Course au Large
  • The International Maxi Association
  • Città di Sanremo?
  • Comune di Genova

The Rolex Giraglia

The Giraglia was conceived in 1953 as an offshore race of 241 nautical miles. Since then it has grown to become one of the most important appointments on the world yachting scene. In 2020 was cancelled for the first time after 67 years of history. The Rolex Giraglia is organised by the Yacht Club Italiano with the collaboration of the Yacht Club Sanremo, the Société Nautique de Saint Tropez and the Yacht Club de France. Rolex has been a partner of the Rolex Giraglia since 1998.

SLAM technical sponsor of the Rolex Giraglia 2021

Slam has confirmed as technical sponsor of the 2021 edition, and a "limited edition" dedicated to this prestige event is on the way: a T-shirt printed with "yachts racing", a technical jersey, sailing jackets, caps and banks with the official logo of the Rolex Giraglia. The limited edition can be purchased online and in the Slam flagship stores in Genoa, Sanremo, in the Race Village and at the headquarters of the Yacht Club Italiano.

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