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Crichton and Alfa Romeo Smash Giraglia Race Record - Again! - (Australia)

June 12th, 2008



Kiwi yachtsman and one of Australia’s leading businessmen, Neville Crichton, has smashed the race record in the Rolex Giraglia Race, Europe’s answer to the Rolex Sydney to Hobart, by an outstanding margin of four hours in the super maxi ‘Alfa Romeo’ at 08.03 European time on Thursday 12 June.

The record he smashed was, in fact, his own, set back in 2003 in the first generation ‘Alfa Romeo’ for the 243 mile marathon race from St Tropez to Genoa via the Giraglia rock off the northern end of Corsica.

“I always knew I could do better than that time back in 2003, but it has taken five years and a new ‘Alfa Romeo’ to get the right conditions,” said Neville Crichton at the end of the race. “We had a good run all the way to the Giraglia Rock before parking up for three hours when the wind failed, but unlike previous years, the wind came back closer to the Italian coast we were able to nail our original race record and set a new benchmark for the Mediterranean’s most competitive and prestigious off-shore race.”

Alfa Romeo crossed the finish line at Genoa at 0803 hours which means the 100-footer completed the 243-mile course in just over 18 hours, a massive improvement on the record set by Crichton's previous Alfa Romeo, a 90-footer which set a time of just over 22 hours back in 2003

“With this race record well and truly smashed and a 2008 tally of ten line honours wins already,” says Neville Crichton, “there can be no doubt that, for the fourth season, Alfa Romeo remains the yacht to beat!”

This is the 56th edition of the Giraglia Race, a 243-mile marathon starting from St Tropez via the Giraglia Rock at the northern tip of Corsica to the finish in the Italian port of Genoa.


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