Thursday, June 23, 2011

Esimit Europa 2 Charges Ahead in Giraglia Rolex Cup

The situation has changed quite dramatically at the 2011 Giraglia Rolex Cup as Esimit Europa 2 has pulled away from the rest of the fleet, transforming what at one stage looked like a tight line honours battle into a one-horse race.
Esimit Europa 2 rounding the Rock Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
In the time that Esimit has racked up 50-nautical miles over their nearest rivals Alegre (GBR), Jethou (GBR) and Stig (ITA) had managed only ten. Esimit were the only yacht at 17:00 CEST to have made the turn away from the Giraglia rock, having done so at 13:13 CEST. On passing this key landmark in the race they benefitted from a south-easterly breeze and accelerated away from the fleet, hitting an average speed of just over 13 knots at one point.
Esimit Europa 2 Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Esimit is currently 45 nautical miles from Genoa and the south-easterly that helped the bid for freedom is tracking round to the west and expected to soften before building from the north in the early hours of Friday morning.
Disk Pioneer Investments Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
“We’ve done three nautical miles in three hours. It’s very tedious and extremely crowded around the rock. The yacht is currently travelling at around four knots and at the moment it’s difficult to imagine we will arrive before tomorrow morning, even if it should be more straight forward after the Giraglia,” said Andrea Casale, Sailing Master of the Swan 90 DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA).

Lulu Roseman

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