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22 June 2002, 04:14 pm
Riviera di Rimini third at the Giraglia Rock
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Photo: Carlo Borlenghi

Rounding the Giraglia Rock

At 18.10 Riviera di Rimini of Emilian Etrepeneur Giorgio Benvenuti, record holder for the race in a time of 24 hours 21 minutes e 47 seconds (in 1998) has rounded the Giraglia rock and went on to chase the other two boats ahead of them.
The sea and wind conditions have remained stable with a light breeze blowing and calm seas.Here the positions of the rounding:1) My Song, h.15.072) Idea, h.16.343) Riviera di Rimini, h,18.10

An absence of wind and calm seas were the leading protagonists in the long leg of the Giraglia Rolex Cup, organised by the Yacht Club Italiano, which saw a record number of 185 boats leaving from St. Tropez yesterday at midday.
An 8-knot southerly wind blew across the starting line which increased slightly during the course of the day.

When the boats rounded the Island of the Levante heading for the Giraglia rock at around six o'clock yesterday evening, a 10 knot wind was blowing: Pigi Loro Piana's My Song took first place (at 17.34) followed by Raffaele Raiola's Idea (at 17.44) and Arien Van Vemde's Sottovoce (17.46). Bugia Bianca owned by Massimo Dentice came in fourth (at 18.01), while L'Oreal president, Lindsay Owen Jones' Magic Carpet made fifth place (at 18.09).

The wind dropped once again during the night to around 4-5 knots: My Song earned ground and steamed four miles ahead of Idea.
In the early afternoon on Friday 21 June, the first boats rounded the Giraglia rock, north of Corsica, accompanied by a 4-5 knot south-westerly wind. The positions are as follows:
1) My Song (15.07) 2) Idea (16.34)
The race may be followed in real time at the Yacht Club Italiano Web site ( thanks to satellite instruments that have been mounted aboard twenty of the largest and fastest craft, transmitting their positions and giving visitors the chance to watch the race unfold.

The fleet is now making its way to Genoa where the first boats are expected at the Yacht Club Italiano by dawn.

The participants will be greeted with coffee and brioches throughout the night and plates of spaghetti during the day by sponsor S. Pellegrino, partner to YCI during all the most important events. The Giraglia Rolex Cup prizegiving ceremony will take place on the evening of Sunday 23 June during a gala dinner in which more than 1,000 guests are expected to take part.
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