Saturday, 25 June 2011

Giraglia Rolex Cup : Foxy Lady Looking Good

Giraglia Rolex Cup fleet rounding the rock. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

by Anna Maria Gregorini

The surprise overall winner of the 59th Giraglia Rolex Cup is the 37ft-Foxy Lady (FRA), co-skippered by brothers Dominique and Michel Heyraud. Foxy Lady finished the race in a time of 48 hours and four minutes, at 12:08 CEST today, and went on to win on corrected time by 11 minutes, 30 seconds ahead of a fellow 37-footer Jeminy (FRA) with Calima (ESP), overall winners in 2009, finishing in third place.

Dominique Heyraud was surprised and elated in equal measure: “It’s absolutely a great feeling because we did not expect it at all. It is a very prestigious race that counts a lot in the Mediterranean. We had the feeling that we managed the race quite well, that we sailed properly, and also that we were lucky in some situations regarding our decisions. It was a very interesting and challenging race.”

Foxy Lady wins the Giraglia Race on handicap. Image copyright Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi.

As winner of the Rolex Challenge Trophy, Foxy Lady will collect her Rolex Submariner Rolesor as IRC Overall Winner on corrected time during a ceremony this evening at the Yacht Club Italiano in Genoa.

Giraglia Rolex Cup