Courtesy of Rolex World of Yachting
The main event at the 2018 Rolex Giraglia commenced shortly after midday with an international fleet of 212 yachts embarking on the 241-nm offshore race from Saint-Tropez, France to Genoa, Italy. The chase for line honours is expected to be wide open with three Wally Centos, six Maxi 72s and the 100-ft Maxi Leopard 3 all in contention to finish first. Conditions are expected to be light with a new race record unlikely. Following a spectacular race start in the bay of Saint-Tropez, the fleet has begun the long leg to the race’s emblematic landmark and virtual halfway point, the Giraglia rock, located off the northern tip of Corsica. The Rolex Giraglia, celebrating its 66th edition, is organised by the Yacht Club Italiano in collaboration with the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez.