- Published on Friday, 19 October 2012 15:32
- Written by Carlo Caraluzzo
19 August, 2012, Saint Tropez: The 2012 Rolex regatta at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez was a very special trip to the past. Old styled boats were covering the waters of the French coast in what it almost looked like a scene from an 1800’s sailing movie. Glenn Allan’s Marigold was the oldest piece of history built in 1892 and design by Charles E. Nicholson, followed closely by Avel which is owned by the Gucci sisters and it was built in 1896 and designed by Nicholson, as well. This last boat was the well-deserved winner of the Rolex Trophy due to its amazing performance.
It is not the first time Alessandra and Allegra Gucci win the Roles Trophy, though. They were also victorious last year which makes the outcome of this race so sweet for the sisters “It is a pleasure to win again, just fantastic. We are very happy. Last year’s regatta was trickier, but this year we had nice wind and perfect weather. Avel was very fast and the crew was excellent.” The sisters claim that it is attention to detail what makes the difference during a competition, and because they get on the ‘perfection’ set of mind—everything about the race needs to say that. “We like the traditional look. The white gets a little dirty when we are sailing, but it’s important to look right when racing a yacht like Avel.” Said the sisters about the purposely neat outfit the crew was wearing. It seems like team Gucci had to be faithful to their name.
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez looked like everything but the 21st century during the race; a surreal voyage that took spectators a couple of hundred years into the past. Several competitors commented about the importance of keeping traditions throughout time, and the Gucci sisters had something to say about it, as well “We must always look after the tradition, taking care of the boats. Most important though is the spirit, to have all these wonderful boats together, to race at the limit, but also to have fun afterwards. It’s a good feeling especially at the prize-giving when there are cheers for everyone.”
But do not mistake beauty, elegance and tradition with ease; to win the Rolex trophy was a real challenge. During the race, five teams were all tied on 5 points apiece, but Avil kept its lead from the beginning, barely. Tara Getty’s Marconi yawl, Skylark followed Avil’s lead taking the second place, while the senior of the family Marigold came third to close to top three spot with much class.