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From 10 to 18 June, the event that has aroused sailing passions for almost 70 years

The Giraglia existed when other regattas weren’t even ideas. Founded in 1953 by Yacht Club Italiano and Yacht Club de France, for its 69th edition the super classic offshore competition returns to its original programme. The event’s sponsor for the past 25 years is Rolex, prominent in the sports world for its partnerships with major international events in sailing and other fields. And the Rolex ambassador and competitor is the top yachtsman and Olympic medal winner Robert Scheidt.

It all starts on 10 June with a dramatic midnight departure for the race from Sanremo to Saint-Tropez (approximately 60 miles), both places with a great sailing culture.

Act two is Sunday 12 June at 11 am for the first inshore event in the beautiful regatta area in the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.

The competition continues through Monday and Tuesday, followed by the eagerly awaited Rolex Crew Party on Tuesday evening.

But Wednesday 15 June at 12 noon is the key moment in the Giraglia Rolex: the great offshore race, 241 nautical miles (446 km) divided in three sections: first to the La Fourmigue buoy off Cannes; then the two long stages, to the Giraglia rock and from there to the finish line in the Yacht Club Italiano section of the port of Genoa, where the prize-giving ceremony will take place on Saturday 18 June.

Although it retains its Italian-French spirit, today the Rolex Giraglia attracts an international fleet of competitors, with over 200 state-of-the-art yachts.

A challenge to the very last wave, and always an event to inspire dreams.