Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Giraglia Rolex Cup Offshore Fleet Get Ready

Now that the inshore race series is over,  almost 200 crews competing in the offshore race are busy making their final preparations for tomorrow’s start.
Bay of St Tropez Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
Regular Giraglia Rolex Cup offshore race competitor, Lucio Crispo, owner of the 60-ft Mini Maxi, Maya (ITA), has plenty of experience preparing for this race.

“I am here for the ninth time and looking forward to this great competition. We’re focused on the adventure and enjoying ourselves. This regatta has its own appeal, especially for me as I arrived late to the world of sailing,” Crispo said.

“We’re busy putting together the finishing touches to the boat and also removing what we don’t need. The prediction of light winds may be a problem but you never know how things will change.”

Sergey Grishin, owner of the Vrolijk 57, Pheonix (RUS), is hoping for better luck in this year’s race after he and his crew was forced to retire last year. He is hoping that wife Olga will be his good luck charm as she joins the team as navigator. 

“I led her into sailing,” Grishin said. “She joined me for several regattas before becoming a navigator, a very difficult position to fill. My crew were put together two years ago and consists of both professionals and amateurs. We’re introducing a brand new generation of Russian sailors.”

For Olga, the transition to sailing came naturally. 

“Sailing is in my blood as my grandfather was an Admiral. I love analysing and processing information, and communicating the weather patterns with the afterguard. And of course, I couldn’t miss the chance to compete on board with my husband,” she said.

Cedric Pouligny is calling tactics onboard Hans-Juergen Riegel’s Marten 49, Speedy (GER), who is vying for her second Giraglia Rolex Cup.

“Conditions seem to be soft at the moment, but hopefully we can have a good race and aim to come in the top ten in our category. The crew are busy preparing this evening with the logistics including putting the food on board. We will be taking on lots of energy bars and coffee,” Pouligny said.

Lulu Roseman

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