The Italian Yacht Club, organizer of the 68th edition of the Rolex Giraglia, has published the Notice of Race and officially opened registrations for the offshore classic, this year with the departure from Sanremo.
The Rolex Giraglia will therefore see its departure on Wednesday 16 June from Sanremo on a course of 241 miles. This includes a buoy in French waters near Cannes, before heading to the Giraglia islet and returning to Genoa at the Italian Yacht Club, where the awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday 19 June.
The Italian Yacht Club and its partners believe that the extraordinary program, with departure and arrival in Italy, designed as a consequence of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, will thus honor the tradition of the Rolex Giraglia, strengthening the friendly relationship between Italy and France, and facilitating the participation of crews from Italy and abroad. Precisely in this perspective and to underline the link with the French town, the Société Nautique of Saint Tropez, will start the regatta connecting with Sanremo and will take the steps at the buoy of the new Rolex Giraglia course, located off the Rade d ‘ Agay, about 15 miles from Saint Tropez.
For 2021, the program includes two night regattas to approach Sanremo. Two stages of about 60 miles, one departing from Genoa and one from Saint Tropez to give the Italian and foreign crews the opportunity to reach the starting port of the long race in the race.
The Rolex Giraglia returns in 2021 with the departure from Sanremo with which it has a very long-standing relationship; in fact, the first edition of the regatta also started from Sanremo on Saturday 12 July 1953. And always in the context of tradition – before taking on the ‘modern’ format with the week of Saint-Tropez from 1998 – the regatta saw the alternation of ports of arrival and departure. Since 1953 the Giraglia has departed from Cannes (1), from Le Lavandou (5), from Toulon (14), from Sanremo (22), from St. Tropez (25) and arrived in Monaco (2), in Le Lavandou (2), in St. Tropez (3), in Toulon (16), in Genoa (18), in Sanremo (26).
From 2021, in addition to the return of the X2s, to their sixth participation, this year the large MULTI 70 trimarans are admitted with Giovanni Soldini’s Maserati, returning from a record season between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, in the front row to defend the honors of home.
the Rolex Giraglia also becomes Classic, with a special ranking for boats built before 1985 participating in the offshore test. The first boat classified Overall, in the most numerous Class between IRC and ORC / ORC Club (of the Classics only) will be awarded the YCI Heritage Challenge Trophy. The first boat classified in real time will be awarded the Classic Trophy.
The Rolex Giraglia is open to all boats in possession of an IRC / ORC / ORC Club certificate with an overall length greater than 9.14 meters. The fleet will be divided into 4 main groups:
Group 0: for boats over 18.05 meters
Group A: (Classes 0 – 1- 2)
Group B: (Classes 3 and 4)
Sunday 13 June:
Hours 19: Departure of the Genoa Sanremo;
7 pm: Departure of the Saint Tropez – Sanremo;
Arrival in Sanremo and start of registrations;
Rolex Giraglia participant registrations and regatta awards ceremony the previous day;
Rolex Giraglia offshore departure;
Award ceremony at the Italian Yacht Club.
The Rolex Giraglia is a valid test of the Championnat Méditerranée IRC UNCL. IMA (International Maxi Association) is proud to include the Rolex Giraglia in its 2021 calendar. The offshore regatta is part of the 2021 Mediterranean Maxi Offshore Challenge.
Eligible boats must register online only on the rolexgiraglia.com website by 11.00 pm on May 27, 2021, together with the registration fee and the Measurement Certificate. All boats that have registered by 11 May will be guaranteed a free mooring place until the availability of the Port of Sanremo.
The regatta is organized by the Italian Yacht Club under the aegis of the Italian Sailing Federation, 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
City of Sanremo
Municipality of Genoa
LA Rolex Giraglia
The Giraglia was conceived in 1953 as a 243 mn offshore regatta. Since then it has grown to become one of the most important events in the world sailing scene. In 2020 this classic suffered its first setback with the first cancellation after a 67-year history. The Rolex Giraglia is organized by the Italian Yacht Club with the collaboration of the Sanremo Yacht Club, 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, confirmed as technical sponsor of the 2021 edition, a limited edition dedicated to this prestigious event is coming: t-shirt with “boats in regatta” print, technical jersey, sailing jackets, caps, bags with the official Rolex brand Giraglia.
The limited edition will be available for purchase online and in the Slam flagship stores in Genoa, Sanremo, in the Race Village and at the headquarters of the Yacht Club Italiano.