Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Juan Villa Gunning for Victory in Giraglia

World class navigator, Juan Vila might have sailed around the world numerous times, won the America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race and raced in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, but the historic Giraglia Rolex Cup is missing from his proud sailing résumé. This year he plans to change that as a member of the afterguard onboard the100-ft Esimit Europa 2 (SLO).
Esimit Europa 2 Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
“The Giraglia is one of the mythical races in the Mediterranean. I’ve been looking forward to ticking this off as it is a race I’ve always wanted to do,” Villa said

"We are expecting light air and some frustrating times at the beginning on the way to the Giraglia. Fortunately, after which a south easterly breeze should start to develop on the eastern side of Corsica, of around 10-15 knots, allowing us to sail in medium conditions to Genoa. We will try to get as quickly as we can to the stronger breeze.

“This is a fast boat even in light conditions so we have to anticipate everything in a boat with these characteristics, planning ahead and giving the team the time to go through the manoeuvres."

Joining Vila are renowned sailors Jochen Schümann, Sidney Gavignet and Grant Simmer. After claiming the line honours title at the Giraglia Rolex Cup last year, Esimit’s 28-man crew is looking unbeatable this time around.

“The collaboration is going very well,” Vila added. 

“I’ve sailed with Jochen many times and now for the first time with Grant and Sydney - we all seem to be on the same page.” This evening the crew will make their final preparations before their departure. “We will keep checking the weather, and get as much sleep and rest as possible before the race."

Lulu Roseman

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