Rolex Giraglia: Black Jack wins in real time, low wind slows down fleet


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The Maxi 100 Black Jack

Arrival time for the Rolex Giraglia of 70 years, the first boats did indeed cross the finish line in Genoa: with the time of 23 hours, 30 minutes and 16 seconds the Australian Black Jack maxi 100, former Esimit and record holder of the regatta, won the line of honor. A few minutes later the Wally 100 Magic Carpet Cube crossed the finish line, dueling at length with Black Jack.

Rolex Giraglia – The rest of the fleet

The medium-light wind conditions actually split the fleet, with the larger boats, from the Maxi 72 and up, stretching relentlessly, and many of the 12-meter group still having to round the Giraglia Rock.

Starting to monitor the possible evolutions of the IRC handicap ranking, which awards the overall Rolex Giraglia victory, the boats to monitor are the several Tp 52s racing around 40 miles from the finish. Also in the 50- to 60-foot group sailing about 40 miles from Genoa is the Ker 46 Lisa R, winner of the race in 2022, also a boat to monitor for the top 5.

The weather in these hours continues to show a prevailing northerly wind, with a north-northeast around 10 to 15 knots, which is, however, very erratic and causing the fleet to tear forward.





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