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Rolex Giraglia 2019 - Fickle wind in the Gulf of Saint Tropez

by Yacht Club Italiano 10 Jun 2019 17:46 BST 9-11 June 2019
Fickle wind in the Gulf of Saint Tropez - Rolex Giraglia 2019 © ROLEX / Studio Borlenghi

Races were canceled for all the Classes on the second day of offshore racing. An unusually great day with unstable conditions did not let the Rolex Giraglia fleets complete their races

The Rolex Giraglia continues tomorrow with the third and last day of inshore races and concentration high - above all on the weather models - in the run-up to the start of the long race on Wednesday 12th.

The Race Committees tried hard, starting races in the various Classes in the Rolex Giraglia 2019. But several storm cells spoil the party - and the expectations - of judges and crews. The weather, despite the fresh breeze at the start, didn't allow a single race to finish. There was a particularly crowded return to port, thanks also to the arrival of boats ready for the long race after the inshore races. It was a very suggestive sight today with the yachts lined up on the quayside: among the most admired were the two 15 m S.I.s Tuiga and Mariska. Tuiga, built in 1909 and flying colours of the Yacht Club de Monaco, will celebrate her first 110 years this year! It will be fascinating to follow the race of these two queens of the sea battling it out along the 241 miles of the long race. Alongside them, true racing machines such as Vera, Rambler 88, the ClubSwan50, the Maxi Racer Cannonball, Jethou, Caol Ila R or the IMOCA 60 Malizia II, which will race in the Rolex Giraglia X2 with Pierre Casiraghi and Boris Hermann on board.

So all eyes are on the weather models which at the moment are forecasting the arrival of strong winds for Thursday, which should accompany the fleet as they sail back from the Giraglia to Monaco.

Tomorrow is the last day of the inshore races, with the prizegiving of the first act of the Rolex Giraglia and the much awaited Rolex Crew Party on the La Ponche beach.

Full results here.

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