Libertine and Alfa Romeo Prevail at Giraglia Rolex Cup


Today at the prize-giving ceremony at the Yacht Club Italiano, Maurizio Biscardi's Comet 45, Libertine, took home the Rolex Challenge Trophy and the Bellon Challenge Trophy for being the first yacht overall on corrected time in the division with the most number of entries. "I knew that winning the Giraglia Rolex Cup was a great honor," commented Biscardi after receiving the trophies, "but I could have never imagined that this would be reserved for me. To be a part of it has given me great satisfaction and I would like to dedicate this victory to my entire team, from our skipper Lorenzo Bodini to Andrea De Marinis who was the one who put the team together."Neville Crichton's 100-foot canting-keel Super-maxi Alfa Romeo couldn't break her own course record for this year's Giraglia Rolex Cup race, previously set by the 90-foot Alfa Romeo in 2003, but she definitely reconfirmed herself as the fastest boat of the fleet. Alfa Romeo won the Giraglia Rolex Cup race on elapsed time and was thus awarded the Rolex Trophy and the Rene Levainville Trophy, as well as the Beppe Croce Trophy for being the first to round the Giraglia Rock.Giraglia Rolex Cup Overall ResultsIRC Class (Top 3)1. Alfa Romeo, Neville Crichton (NZL), Super Maxi, 42:17:212. Damiani Our Dream, Claudio Uberti (ITA), Prototype, 47:10:473. K2 Wind, Nicholas Wrigley (GBR), Wally 77.4, 49:48:55IMS Class Group A (Top 3)1. Libertine, Maurizio Biscardi (ITA), Comet 45s, 28:42:292. Edimetra VI, Ernesto Gismondi (ITA), Wally 65, 29:52:033. Bcube, Andrea Siano (ITA), 29:55:18