Port de Saint-Tropez
06°38,00E /43°16,00N

Giraglia Rolex Cup



The Giraglia was created in a Parisian cafe in 1952 by three men, René Levainville, Franco Gavagnin and Beppe Croce. The intention was to create a prestigious Italian-French challenge that very quickly conquered the world of offshore racing.

The Background

On 11 July 1953 in a strong Mistral, 22 boats lined up for the start of the first race.

In 1974, the first attendance record was set with 132 boats on the water.

In 1997, the name changed with the arrival of a new partner and from now on would be known as the “Giraglia Rolex Cup”.

In 2002, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez (sailing club) picked up the baton again to organise the event in Saint-Tropez. It was a landmark year, with 162 boats taking part in the Giraglia which was now open to 50’ and 60’ IMOCA mono-hulls: a real challenge between prestigious boats that had made it famous and 30m Maxis.

In 2003, the Giraglia Rolex Cup celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Organised by the Yacht Club Italiano, Yacht Club de France and Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, the Giraglia Rolex Cup has become the biggest offshore race in the Mediterranean with over 200 distinguished and ultra-competitive boats taking part.

Recent and older designs in the Giraglia fleet are divided into two main categories, IRC and ORC, to give everyone an equal chance of victory with the rankings being determined in compensated time.

The Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez is responsible for welcoming competitors and organising events in Saint-Tropez, including a big crew party in the Citadelle.

The Principles

Three days of racing (the Giraglia Rolex Cup) on coastal courses of 25 nautical miles maximum in Saint-Tropez bay (coefficient 1), followed by the Giraglia race, a 243 nautical mile course (coefficient 2) leaving from Saint-Tropez for Genoa, via the famous rocky Giraglia island off northern Corsica.

Who participates: anyone – from the traditional Swans to the ultramodern Wally and Maxi boats, the Beneteau 40.7s and 47.7s, the Corel 45s and Farr 40s: IMS ORC Club over 30′ LOA, etc.

The program

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