The first day of inshore races at the Giraglia Rolex Cup, partnered by Rolex and organised by the Yacht Club Italiano and the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, started in calm conditions with light breezes from the southeast that peaked at 9 knots.
A parade of yachts of all sizes left the port by 10AM, ready to begin racing. Racing was postponed until just before noon so the IRC and ORC B Classes raced on a shortened, 19nm course. IRC and ORC O and A Classes raced on a 32nm course while the ClubSwan 50 and 42 Classes did windward/leeward courses in the Pampelonne Bay.
The Yacht Club Italiano’s Race Committee set up a spectacular finish right in front of the port of Saint-Tropez, much to the delight of the megayachts in the bay. Cannon shots saluted the first placed yachts in each Class in real time which were: Alex Schaerer’s Maxi 72 Caol Ila in Group O, Vadim Yakimenko’s TP52 Freccia Rossa in Group A and Frantz Philippe’s Mumm 36 Absolutely in Group B. I primi tre classificati nella Class ClubSwan 42 erano Natalia, Kuujjuaq e Raving Swan mentre nella Class ClubSwan 50 i primi erano Mathilde, Earlybird e Ulika.