It was first light when Idea, the super-swift Maxi designed by Reichel-Pugh and owned by the Neapolitan businessman Raffaele Raiola, with Paolo Semeraro at the helm, crossed the finish line of the long race of the Giraglia Rolex Cup -organized by Yacht Cl
"It was a tough race", admitted Raiola, tired after a night of battling against the wind, "but I'm very pleased all the same. In the first part of the race we made the wrong tactical decisions, but in the second part the decision to stay in the middle of the gulf of Genoa was a risky but winning one." In fact, up until yesterday evening Pigi Loro Piana's My Song was in the lead with an advantage of 4 miles over Idea. The boat belonging to the king of cashmere and driven by Lorenzo Bressani then decided to hug the Ligurian coast and hit a dead calm that allowed Idea to take the lead.
Riviera di Rimini, owned by the emilian businessman Giorgio Benvenuti with Stefano Raspadori at the helm, also put up a good performance and crossed the finish line in third place less than two hours behind Idea.
Designed by the Vallicelli boatyard, Rivieria di Rimini holds the Giraglia record in a time of 24 hours, 21 minutes and 47 seconds (set in 1998) and at 18.2 metres it a lot smaller than the two giantesses Idea and my Song, which measure 23 and 25,42 metres respectively and have correspondingly larger sail surface areas.
Fourth across the line was Magic Carpet owned by the president of L'Oreal Lindsay Owen Jones, while fifth was the Open '60 Virbac belonging to Jean Pierre Dick, fresh from the Regata Rubicon ocean race.
This is the order of arrival in real time:
1) Idea 6:36.31
2) My Song 7:34.20
3)Riviera di Rimini 8:29.12
4) Magic Carpet 8:29.22
5) Virbac 10:10.35
Idea, the winner in real time, wins the Rolex Trophy and the René Levainville Trophy.
My Song, the first yacht to round the Giraglia rocks, wins the Trofeo Beppe Croce Trophy.