The Rolex Giraglia 2022 is underway !!

The Rolex Giraglia 2022 is underway! A fleet of 56 boats will take the starting line for the coastal regatta from Sanremo to Saint-Tropez. At midnight the first cannon shot will sound, meanwhile the docks of the Sanremo Yacht Club are in turmoil in view of the 60-mile race that separates – and unites – the two coastal towns. The Skippers’ Briefing will take place at 6pm, with cocktails on the dock to send crews away in style.

Everything is ready at the Sanremo Yacht Club for the start of the first act of the Rolex Giraglia 2022. Competitors will cover 60 miles in the opening regatta in Saint-Tropez, before the start of the coastal races on Sunday 12 June.

The Sanremo-St Tropez coastal regatta celebrates its 13th edition this year, with 56 boats registered from 16 different nations. Scrolling through the list of items shows the yachts flying the flags of Uruguay, Argentina, Turkey and the Cayman Islands.

The route record for the Sanremo-St Tropez is held by the maxi yacht Esimit Europa, which in 2015 took only 4 hours and 52 minutes to cover the distance of 63 miles.

The forecast for the midnight departure indicates a weak wind from the west, turning north during the night. Navigators have the task of choosing the best route, whether to keep close to the coast, lengthening the distance a little, but taking more wind, or to take the direct route to Saint-Tropez, where the larger boats could arrive as early as first lights tomorrow, Saturday 11 June.

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“It will be a complex regatta, but one that we will try to tackle with the aim of arriving in France by tomorrow at 1 am” commented Tommaso Chieffi, tactician and skipper of Elo II, the ship with the colors of the Italian Yacht Club. “We are a new crew, with many young sailors on board, but we are very motivated. The important thing is to make the most of the coastal breezes and avoid any windless holes in the mandatory part of the route towards Saint-Tropez ”.

Speaking of Elo II, the Rolex Giraglia is the first offshore race of the season for the 45-foot prototype of the YCI, which will take part in the most important regattas of the 2022 sports calendar. experience alongside a team of professional sailors who will alternate aboard Elo as coaches. On this occasion Tommaso Chieffi will be on board for the coastal regattas, while Ambrogio Beccaria and Mauro Pelaschier will take the reins for the long regatta.

During the offshore regatta, the President of the Barcolana / SVBG Mitja Gialuz and the Sporting Director Dean Bassi will also be on board, thanks to the twinning with the YCI.

In Saint-Tropez, meanwhile, the rest of the vast fleet arrived before the coastal regattas began, with the cannon ready and primed by 11 on Sunday 12 June.

How to follow the race

From Friday 10 to Saturday 18 June the main stages of the race will be broadcast every day thanks to the collaboration with Primocanale Production. Several video crews will work in the water and on land to bring the racing experience to the general public. On the occasion of the start of the long race, Wednesday 15 June, from 11.00, it will be broadcast live, with interviews, stories of the regatta and recorded images of the event, as well as technical commentary in real time from the studios in Genoa and Saint Tropez.

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Live streaming will be available daily on the YouTube of the Italian Yacht Club channel, Facebook as well as on Primocanale Canale 10 of digital terrestrial and online you can access the monitoring at this link.

Classes and courses

The regatta is open to all IRC and ORC / ORC Club classified boats with an overall length greater than 9.14 meters. These will be divided into the following groups: Group 0 (ORC 0 and IRC 0), longer than 18.05 meters; Group A (ORC A and IRC A): – Classes: 0 – 1 – 2; Group B (ORC B and IRC B): – Classes: 3 – 4. The beautiful bay of Saint Tropez will host coastal regattas of up to 35 miles for all classes and more technical windward-leeward courses reserved for Class 0 boats. The offshore regatta is also open to double crews.

For more information: Official site of the Rolex Giraglia.

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