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The second element of the 2016 #giragliarolexcup drew to a close today, with the completion of the three-day inshore series. All that remains is the main #event, 'La Giraglia', the 241 nautical mile offshore component of this inspirational contest. Those racing in the inshore races have been blessed with warm, dry weather and a mix of largely good wind conditions. By contrast the early part of the offshore race looks a little less enticing as the brisk winds of the past few days are predicted to abate before tomorrow's start, offering a slow passage to the Giraglia. Once at the northern tip of Corsica, the fleet expects to meet stronger winds and a potentially difficult final leg to Genoa.
The inshore races have provided not just exciting racing, but also a great spectacle with the yachts finishing each race just off the breakwater of the port of Saint-Tropez. The northern shore of the bay providing a perfect backdrop as the fleet nears the line. Aside from a delay to racing yesterday when a strong westerly was blowing the tops off the waves in the bay during the morning, the Yacht Club Italiano and its partner club, the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez, have benefitted from cooperative conditions. The fleet have enjoyed different courses each day, with the larger yachts competing over 31, 19 and 30 nautical miles; the smaller classes covering two races of 19nm and one of 21nm.
Today's races took the bigger yachts north-east to a mark just south of the Ile des Vieilles; the two smaller yacht classes heading into the Golfe de Fréjus, to a mark off Saint-Raphael. In the IRC fleet, after the three races, Benoit de Froidmont's Wallyno prevailed overall in Class 0, and in doing so secured the Ville de Saint-Tropez Trophy.
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