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Return of Rolex Giraglia

The Rolex Giraglia offshore race returns to Saint-Tropez, France, in 2022.

16 June 2022


The 2022 Rolex Giraglia is under way. Partnered by Rolex since 1998, this historic competition is considered one of the most important sailing events in the Mediterranean.

For the first time since 2019, the picturesque town of Saint-Tropez played its integral part in the week-long program. The start of today’s offshore race followed the hosting of a competitive and successful three-day inshore series.

A 140-strong fleet is contesting the 69th running of the offshore race. Taking centre stage will be the rounding of the iconic Giraglia rock, located a mere one nautical mile from the northern tip of Corsica and the race’s eponymous symbol.

On rounding the rock, the fleet will contest the always decisive leg to the finish line off the Yacht Club Italiano’s base in Genoa.

The frontrunners on the water are likely to include three past line honours winners, Wallycentos Magic Carpet Cubed (2013 and 2016) and Tango (2018) as well as last year’s fastest finisher, the 100-foot Maxi Arca SGR.


Light winds heralded today’s start and are set to be the theme for most of the race.

As a consequence, the regular 241-nautical mile course was shortened by the Race Committee.

Instead of contesting the short leg west of Saint-Tropez to La Fourmigue turning mark, the fleet is taking a direct course to the Giraglia rock.

A historic and revered event in the Mediterranean yachting calendar, the Rolex Giraglia has been organised by the Yacht Club Italiano since 1953.

Throughout its history, the event has been defined by its camaraderie and team spirit.



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