Friday, June 24, 2011

Giraglia Rolex Cup Fleet Arrive in Genoa

Another 41 yachts had followed Esimit Europa 2 into Genoa, completing the 243-nautical mile adventure from Saint Tropez.
Alegre Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Alegre crossed the finish line second ahead of Jethou, who both maintained their standings for most of the race. There was a six hour separation between the first and second finishers.

“It was a very stop start race, whenever we thought we could get going, we had to stop again,” said Nat Ives, navigator on Jethou.
Jethou Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The first Italian boat to finish was the Baltic-65 Stig, who completed the course in 41 hours, 20 minutes, 58 seconds.
Stig Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Caol Ila (USA) owner Alexander Schaerer, whose crew finished around 20 minutes after Stig reflected on the race: “It was great even if there was not enough wind, at least on one stretch. In a way it helped us as our tacticians positioned us way north so we got the wind first and a better angle to get into the Giraglia as we passed some of the racing boats, before a nice run back to Genoa.”
Caol Ila Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The order of arrival for the first ten boats was as follows:

1. Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) 33.48.20
2. Alegre (GBR) 39.41.23
3. Jethou (GBR) 40.50.15
4. Stig (ITA) 41.20.58
5. DSK Pioneer Investments (ITA) 41.27.05
6. Caol Ila (USA) 41.40.42
7. Aegir 2 (GBR) 41.42.57
8. Near Miss (SUI) 41.43.16
9. Pace (GBR) 41.45.35
10. Paprec Recyclage (FRA) 42.05.50

Lulu Roseman

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