The Rolex Giraglia is one of the most popular events of the Mediterranean season. Ashore, it is often as much a festival as a competition, particularly in Saint-Tropez where the three-day inshore series, co-organised by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, is centred.
241 yachts entered the 2018 edition, among them 20 Swans. For the five ClubSwan 50s and four Swan 45s racing in One Design configuration, the Rolex Giraglia marked the third leg of The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2018.
In the ClubSwan 50 class, Leonardo Ferragamo and Cuordileone returned to the fray with some authority, repeating the victory they achieved at the first event of the league in Monaco. It was a similar situation in the Swan 45 class where Luís Senís Segarra and Porrón IX, winners in Monaco, secured the overall win. Italy was top nation with Cuordileone combining with the Swan 45 Thetis to win by one point from Switzerland, with Spain in third.
The fourth and final event for Swan One Design classes competing for The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League 2018 is the Copa del Rey Mapfre, hosted by the Real Club Náutico de Palmafrom 29 July to 4 August.
Racing was typically close in the five-boat fleet, with the top three in each of the three races separated by less than one minute and on occasion 30 seconds. Leonardo Ferragamo and Cuordileone responded best to the varied conditions, winning one race in the 8 – 12 knots on Sunday and another in the fresher conditions of Tuesday. Monday’s racing was lost through a total absence of wind. Andrey Konogorov’s Skorpios (RUS) could not match the Italian crew, but got the better of Morten Kielland’s Mathilde (SUI) by virtue of countback.
Kielland will not be too disappointed. Mathilde continues to lead The Nations Trophy Mediterranean League standings in the ClubSwan 50 class with only one event remaining. However, with the top four boats in the class separated by only four points and twelve boats entered for the Palma event this contest is far from over.
Tommaso Chieffi was the tactician on Cuordileone this week: “I was very happy to have raced on a ClubSwan 50 for the first time. The boat is beautiful, fun and has a high performance.” Chieffi has known Ferragamo for a very long time and was delighted to have a chance to compete with the Cuordileone team: “Leonardo is a good helmsman and good friend. The team was excellent and we had a lot of fun over the past three days and, of course, it is even better when you win.”
The Rolex Giraglia witnessed Porrón IX once again demonstrating her prowess at windward/leeward racing, this time off the famous beach at Pampelonne. Winning all three races, Senís’ crew were imperious, securing the class by four points from Ange Transparent.
“It’s the first time I’ve raced in Saint-Tropez. It is a beautiful place and it has been a great experience both on the water and in the village. The perfect combination. I need to congratulate my crew on a strong performance in all the conditions. The races were longer than in Monaco and PalmaVela, but we like the variety and proved we go well in the light and strong winds,” remarked Senís.
Senís is equally happy with his position in the league standings: “We committed to do all the League events with a view to winning, so to be leading is very good. We need to win in Palma to secure the title and it will be much harder with more boats expected, but we like it when it’s difficult. We like the challenge.”
New Swan One Design News
Away from the racing, on evening of 11 June in the BMW Lounge at the SNST clubhouse in Saint-Tropez, Nautor’s Swan used the occasion of the Rolex Giraglia to unveil the brand new ClubSwan 36, the fifth and latest Swan One Design. From the drawing board of Juan Kouyoumdjian, the ClubSwan 36 combines innovative design, trusted pedigree and pure experience. To learn more visit: www.clubswan36.com
by Giles Pearman