Thursday - Jun 22, 2017

Bernard Vananty of Switzerland wins the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup


Bernard Vananty of Switzerland wins the 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup

This year’s Giraglia Rolex Cup saw Bernard Vananty and Tixwave from Switzerland when the first prize as overall winner of the offshore race, while Igor Simcic and Esimit Europa 2 picked up the line honors trophy as the fleet’s fastest boat.

A total of 206 yachts, among them 12 double-handers that were taking part for the first time in the event, took part in the classic event which that attracts crews from all over the world. 189 crews succeeded in completing this year’s offshore event a commendably high number, with weather conditions being favorable throughout making for an unusually comfortable rounding of the Girgalia rock, and welcoming steady rhythm towards the finishing line, conditions which particularly suited the smaller yachts taking part.

The 2014 Giraglia Rolex Cup got underway at midnight on 13 June with a nautical mile race from Sanremo to Saint-Tropez, followed by three days of inshore racing in and around the Gulf of Saint-Tropez between Sunday the 15th and Tuesday the 17th June.

The offshore race, regarded as being the main event of the race got underway on Wednesday, the 18th of June, setting off in the direction of Monte-Carlo, sailing past the iconic landmark of the Giraglia rock after which the race is named, located just off the northern tip of Corsica.

Carlo Croce, President of ISAF and the Yacht Club Italiano was on hand to present the prizes, while the Yacht Club de Monaco hosted the event on the upper level of their recently completed clubhouse.

Overall winner, Bernard Vananty, who had to face the disappointment of coming second in last year’s event came up to the stage with his entire Tixwave crew to receive the Rolex Trophy as well as an individual Rolex Timepiece.

After the awards ceremony Vananty remarked that this year’s race was more complicated than last year, largely due to the wind conditions, bringing with it the necessary to be especially wary of losing contact with the bigger boats and constantly find ways to profit from the opportunities presented by the wind.

“We handled this quite well, especially during the night, when we managed to keep up with the bigger boats on the leg from the Giraglia rock to Monaco.” Summed up Vananty.

Taking second place in the offshore event was Luca Locatelli of Italy, captaining the Thetis crew, while Francois Pailloux also of Italy took third place with Magic Twelve.

Igor Simcic, a member of the Yacht Club de Monaco and owner of Esimit Europa 2, won the Trophy Rene Levainville for first place on elapsed time as well as the Beppe Croce Trophy for the first yacht to reach the Giraglia rock in a time of 
24 hours, 35 minutes, 56 seconds, taking home the Rolex Trophy and a Rolex Timepiece.

The Giraglia Rolex Cup was first held in 1953 and has since become a leading highlights in the Mediterranean yachting calendar, with Rolex first coming into partner the event in 1997.

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