Monday, June 20, 2011

Alegre Shine in Sunny St Tropez

After yesterday’s strong mistral, relatively calm conditions returned to Saint Tropez today as the Giraglia Rolex Cup race committee sent competitors on a 17.1-nautical mile course around the Tourelle de la Rabiou and the Bouée de la Moutte in 5-7 knots of breeze which gradually built.
Photo: Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi
Today’s winners were: Alegre (GBR) in Group 0 IRC, Cuordileone (ITA) in Group A IRC, Tchin Tchin (FRA) in Group B IRC and Manida (ITA) in Group B ORC.

Andres Soriano's Alegre took out both line honours and handicap on corrected time.

“It is incredible how strong the wind can be one day and light the next. The wind was light out there but it was a nice race, there weren’t many shifts and we sailed well and fast. It was good to go through some manoeuvres and to sharpen up together ahead of the offshore race,” said Francesco de Angelis, a member of of Alegre's afterguard.

The 59th Giraglia Rolex Cup 243-nautical mile offshore race commences on Wednesday.

Lulu Roseman

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