A history of sailing : inside the Rolex Giraglia offshore race 2019
Joining the Rolex Giraglia is much more than taking part in a sailing competition.
This is well known by boat owners who, year after year, want to continue to breathe its exciting atmosphere. This is well known by crews who literally compete with each other to be invited on board one of the many boats taking part in the race. And this is well known even by the sailing professionals who inevitably put the “queen of the Mediterranean” at the top of their list of preferences.
When, as the case of this edition, it is windy and the finish line is in Monte Carlo, then the charm of the Rolex Giraglia achieves extraordinary heights.
These emotions and satisfactions are usually reversed for participants and, only partially, despite the incredible number of media forces deployed by the organizers, involve the boat owners and crews that haven’t joined the race yet.
That’s exactly why The International Yachting Media has decided to make a docufilm that, shot during the race, could return to the viewers the pictures of the competition directly from within it.
A docufilm that could tell not only the images, always amazing, of the competition but also the atmosphere of the start from Saint Tropez, crews’ emotions, the joy of the arrival and the spectacular party in Monte Carlo.
A docufilm that, through the voices of key players, could tell the noble reasons that led to the birth of the Rolex Giraglia as well as the massive work of the yacht clubs that guarantee a perfect organization for what is one of the most popular races in the Mediterranean.
The 67th Rolex Giraglia has, indeed, registered a record number of participants. 297 sailboats have taken part in it and, I assure you, seeing them departing from the start line all together, and in a matter of minutes, is an indescribable emotion.
An emotion that, after passing the Cape of Saint-Tropez, became even stronger, fed by a 30-knot south-west wind that characterized one among the most beautiful close-hauled moments of my life. After this amazing experience, we sailed on a beam reach for a total of 220 miles that could not have been more perfect.
The arrival in Monte Carlo, the impeccable organization and the seafaring spirit shown by the crews in the fourth and fifth tier at any time of night and day seal with the adjective ” unforgettable” the end of a unique experience.
An experience that we want to tell you with the pictures of our reportage “A History of Sailing – Inside the Rolex Giraglia offshore race 2019”.