Genoa, Italy (June 16, 2016) – Congratulations to Sir Lindsay Owen-Jones and the crew of the Reichel/Pugh-designed/engineered and Wally Yachts-built 100-ft Superyacht Magic Carpet 3 (GBR) as they celebrate line honours at the 64th edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup. The first was in 2013, and was followed up last year with an overall win on corrected time.
Crossing the finish line in Genoa at 15:02:56 CEST June 16, Magic Carpet 3 completed the offshore race from Saint-Tropez, France to Genoa, Italy in 26 hours, 48 minutes and 56 seconds.
Reichel/Pugh designed and engineered yachts have now taken 15 out of 16 Line Honours Wins and 3 Corrected Overall Wins since 2001 and have broken the race record 3 times. The current record was set in 2012 by the RP100 Esimit Europa 2 – I. Simcic with a time of 14 hours, 56 minute and 16 seconds.
2015 – RP100 Esimit Europa 2 – 1st to Finish – I.Simcic
2014 – RP100 Esimit Europa 2 – 1st to Finish – I.Simcic
2013 – RP100 Wallycento Magic Carpet 3 – 1st to Finish – Sr. L.Owen-Jones
2012 – RPTP52 Near Miss – 1st Overall IRC – N.Frank
2012 – RP100 Esimit Europa 2 – 1st to Finish (CURRENT RECORD) – I.Simcic
2012 – RPGP42 Paul & Shark Competition – 1st Overall ORCi – V. Urbinatti
2011 – RP100 Esimit Europa 2 – 1st to Finish – I.Simcic
2010 – RP100 Esimit Europa 2 – 1st to Finish – I.Simcic
2010 – RP72 Shockwave – 1st Overall – N. Crichton
2008 – RP100 Alfa Romeo – 1st to Finish (RECORD SET) – N. Crichton
2007 – RP100 Alfa Romeo – 1st to Finish – N. Crichton
2006 – RP100 Alfa Romeo – 1st to Finish – N. Crichton
2005 – RP77 Black Dragon – 1st to Finish – O.Happel
2004 – RPNokia Enigma – 1st Overall – C.Dunstone
2004 – RP90 Alfa Romeo – 1st to Finish – N.Crichton
2003 – RP90 Alfa Romeo – 1st to Finish – N.Crichton (RECORD SET)
2003 – RP79 Alexia – 1st Overall – A. Roemmers
2002 – RP78 IDEA – 1st to Finish – R.Raiola, 2nd to Finish 85’ My Song
2001 – RP78 IDEA – 1st to Finish – R.Raiola, 2nd to Finish 85’ My Song
The Giraglia Rolex Cup is three events in one, comprising overnight races from Marseilles and Sanremo to Saint-Tropez; an inshore series in Saint-Tropez; and the famous offshore race ‘La Giraglia’, which runs 241 nautical miles from Saint-Tropez to Genoa via the islet that gives the event its name.
The event was established in 1953, in the aftermath of the Second World War, to help repair relations between Italy and France. It has been held every year since and has developed into one of the biggest sailing festivals of the Mediterranean season, with some 2500 professional and amateur crew members from all over Europe and beyond taking part.
Created by members of the Yacht Club Italiano and the Yacht Club de France in a Paris bistro, the event is still organized by a combination of French and Italian yacht clubs. Today, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez and the Yacht Club Italiano, both partner yacht clubs of Rolex, maintain the founding principles of friendship and fraternity.
The offshore race is the biggest draw of the event. The Giraglia has achieved mythic status in the sailing world, similar to the Fastnet Rock, the Organ Pipes and Stromboli. A large ridge-backed rock, the Giraglia is the northern extension of the Cap Corse. It lies barely one nautical mile off the coast of Corsica, measuring 600 m in length, a mere 50 m wide and rising just 60 m above sea level.
Title Photo Courtesy of Carlo Borlenghi
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