Big Boats Dominate in 2012 Rolex Giraglia Race

Photos curtesy of Kurt Arrigo for Rolex on

Top is ARTIE RTFX rounding the Giraglia Rock, Esimit on it's arrival in San Remo winning line honours. Near Miss right now is the unofficial winner.

Unfortunately we were unable to follow the race closely since participants did not have tracking devices on their boats this year. Nevertheless, through the various networks of people, facebook and messaging we kept each other in touch with what we thought was going on during the past two days racing of the Giraglia.
It was a wild and exciting race with 40 knot winds. Plenty of retirements and I would imagine breakages too. Fortunately ARTIE did not have any more breakages and had a thrilling race. They have placed 32nd overall and were the 1st small boat in (I stand to be corrected on that!). 
Due to the very high winds it was definitely a big boat race this year - from what I heard last year they had very light winds and the event was won by Foxy Lady a 38 footer.

I got the feeling the ARTIE team were very happy with their performance during this event and it was a terrific experience for most crew members as this was the first big race of this kind outside Maltese homeground (apart from the MIDDLE SEA RACE that is).