Friday, 24 June 2011

Giraglia Rolex Cup : Calm Conditions Delay Fleet

Sagamore (ITA) approaching the Giraglia Rock. Image copyright Rolex / Carlo Borlenghi

by Anna Maria Gregorini

The 190 yachts participating in the Giraglia Rolex Cup endured a frustrating night at sea as light winds ensured relatively little progress was made during the evening hours. The breeze is expected to increase during the course of today when the yachts will start preparing for the home straight to Genoa. However, the arrival time of the first boat is currently predicted for the early hours of Friday morning.

At 11:15 CEST on Thursday morning, leading yacht Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) confirmed that they were one hour and twenty minutes from the Giraglia rock, travelling at 8.9 knots and some 95.5- nautical miles from Genoa. Esimit are being followed in close pursuit by Alegre (GBR), some 10.1-nautical miles behind, and Jethou (GBR), a further 3.1-nautical miles after Alegre. These three yachts have held the leading positions for well over twelve hours.

According to the tracker, the following yachts are leading on handicap: Sagamore (USA), Mistral-Loisirs (FRA), Flying Cloud (ITA), Chestress 2 (ITA), followed by 2009’s ORC corrected time winner, Aurora (ITA).

Giraglia Rolex Cup