Rolex Giraglia – The camaraderie and glamour of Mediterranean racing

The Rolex Giraglia is one of the most cherished events in the sailing calendar, presenting a rigorous test of skill on stunning Mediterranean waters. Competition is always intense but imbued with an overriding sense of camaraderie. The regatta’s principal contest, a 241-nautical mile offshore race, usually gets underway in France but in 2021 exceptionally started and finished in Italy. A fleet of 138 yachts, ranging from professionally crewed Maxi monohulls to smaller Corinthian yachts, set off from Sanremo for Genoa via the famous Giraglia rock and its lighthouse. French entrant Imagine was overall winner, with the 30-metre (100-foot) Arca SGR claiming line honours as fastest finisher. Since 1998, Rolex has partnered this unique race organized by the Yacht Club Italiano as part of its enduring relationship with yachting. Discover more

Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. The Swiss watchmaker naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and the brand’s enduring partnership now encompasses the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas, as well as towering figures in the sport, including ground-breaking round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie. Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting SailGP global championship in which national teams race identical supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron, among others, are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.
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