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Yachting has long been the epitome of sporting elegance, and it’s easy to see why: beautiful boats representing the perfect mix of form and function, jaw-dropping settings for regattas, and the rich and famous coming out to play. What could be better?

Giraglia Rolex Cup

2017 Giraglia Rolex Cup
The 2017 Giraglia Rolex Cup will run from 9th to 17th of June.

The Giraglia Rolex Cup was created in 1952, with the intention behind it being that the race would act as a way of repairing the relationship between France and Italy in the aftermath of the Second World War. Three men were at the helm of the Cup – René Levainville, Franco Gavagnin, and Beppe Croce. Organized by the prestigious Yacht Club Italiano and the Yacht Club de France, the Giraglia Rolex Cup has become one of the most famous offshore races in the Mediterranean, bringing together more than 200 boats from 10 countries, as well as more than 3,000 crew members, both professional and amateur.

For those who are passionate about sailing and modern racing yachts, the Giraglia Rolex Cup is the event of the season, and is not to be missed. Technology and design are blended together to create beautiful yet highly functional yachts that are a pleasure to behold, especially as they are framed by the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea.

Giraglia Rolex Cup
The Giraglia Rolex Cup is a 241-nautical miles offshore race to Genoa.

This year’s 65th edition of the Giraglia Rolex Cup runs from 9th to 17th of June. The competition consists of three events, starting with an overnight race from Marseille and Sanremo to Saint-Tropez, followed by a three-day inshore series in the bay of Saint-Tropez between the 11th and 13th of June. The final component of the cup is the offshore race which gives the event its name – La Giraglia, which runs from Saint-Tropez to Genoa, Italy.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup was first held in 1980 and takes place in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. This spectacular regatta is organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda and the International Maxi Association, and is only open to yachts over 60 feet in length. It has grown over the years to become one of the most renowned races in this size category, with each year seeing more sailing aficionados both competing and watching the regatta.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
The 28th Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup will run from the 3rd to the 9th of September.

Whether you’re passionate about sailing or have just entered the world of yachting, don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to observe the powerful and elegant monohull or Maxi yachts, which give the race its name. In the Maxi yacht category you will be able to see the following sizes: Mini Maxi (60-79ft), Maxi 72 (72ft), Maxi (80-100ft), Wally (77ft), Supermaxi (100.1ft), and the J-Class (100-121ft). 2017 sees the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup celebrating its 28th year, as well as the 50 year anniversary of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. The regatta runs from the 3rd to the 9th of September.

Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup is only open to yachts over 60 feet in length.

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