Please select your home edition
Edition
Southern Spars

Rolex Middle Sea Race - B2 crosses the line

by Louay Habib on 23 Oct 2013
David Anastasi’s Oiltanking Juno progressing up to the top of Sicily © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo http://www.regattanews.com
In the Rolex Middle Sea Race, Michele Galli's modified TP52, B2 crossed the finish line early this afternoon completing the race in just over three days. For the moment, the Italian yacht has the fastest corrected time of all the yachts that have finished the race. However, with the bulk of the fleet still racing, an overall win for B2 is far from certain. Although the conditions were light, it was a tough race for B2, as Spanish navigator, Nacho Postigo explained.

'There were several key moments in the race that we managed well and that is why our overall performance has been good. However on the second night we had a major problem. All of our electronic instruments shut down completely. So we have been sailing with a smart phone for a compass, we have raced B2 like a dinghy and Francesco (de Angelis) has had to call the strategy almost completely blind, I don't think he has had more than two hours sleep, he must be exhausted.'

B2 will have to wait until several yachts finish the race to see if they can remain in pole position for the overall win.

In IRC One, Andres Soriano's Mills 72, Alegre leads the class, however Maltese J/122, Otra Vez´, skippered by Edward and Aaron Gatt Floridia can still take both class title and the overall win for the race. Otra Vez must finish by 0900 tomorrow morning, which is unlikely but still possible.

Although most of the yachts in IRC Two are still racing, none of them will be able to better B2's corrected time. Luca Simone's Baltic Mini Maxi, Nikka Sixty Five, has finished the race and is currently second in class. Johann Killinger's German Swan 60 Emma, Germana Tognella's Italian Cookson 50, Cantankerous and Hans Riegel's German Marten 49, Speedy are just a few miles from the finish.

David Anastasi's Maltese J/133, Oiltanking Juno was leading IRC Three at 1500. Oiltanking Juno was also the leading Maltese entry with 168 miles to go. Timmy Camilleri's XP44, XP-Act was just four miles behind with 172 miles to go. Edward and Aaron Gatt Floridia's J/122, Otra Vez was the third Maltese entry, ten miles behind the leading Maltese boat.

Arthur Podesta's First 45, Elusive II and Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard's J/122, Artie-RTFX are both 200 miles from the finish, having a close battle. Jamie Sammut's Unica, Jonas Diamantino amd Ramon Sant Hill's Comanche Raider 2 Gasanmamo and Charles Borg Barthet's August Rush Beta Paints have formed a trio of Maltese yachts enjoying a tight race, with all three yachts in sight of each other.

At Favignana in IRC Four, Renzo Grottesi’s X40, Pita Maha was leading the class. Peppe Fornich's Grand Soleil 37, Sagola Biotrading was second with Rod Stuart's Elan 410, Eos in third.

In IRC Double Handed, Anthony Camilleri's Vision 50, Bavaria has retired from the race at Trapani. Marco Rodolfi's Class 40, TWT Ucomm still leads the class but on corrected time, Massimo Juris' First 40.7, Blucolombre was only one hour behind. Third in class was Maltese skipper, Georges Bonello Dupuis' First 47.7, Escape by Tommy Hilfiger.

By 1500 on Day Four of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the vast majority of the yachts racing have now passed Favignana and many have made good progress down the west coast of Sicily. The battle for class honours and the first Maltese entry to cross the line is very much alive. Jamie Sammut, skipper of the all-Maltese crew racing Unica, called the race office this afternoon at Pantelleria. 'We are back moving again after a frustrating day yesterday,' commented Jamie, 'Tonight we have our usual dinner of lasagne, in fact every crew member has entered the Unica Lasagne competition. At the moment we have a dead heat between Matthew Fiorini Lowell and Anthony Demajo. However, it looks like we will have three more lasagne suppers before we finish this race and I am sure that we will have some more delicious Rolex Middle Sea Race
Zhik Dinghy 660x82North Technology - Southern SparsHelm Events 660x82

Related Articles

Meet the 2017-18 crew - Mike Kidwell
It’s nine months before the start of the race so I suppose it’s not dissimilar to waiting for a baby – both can be wet “It’s nine months before the start of the race so I suppose it’s not dissimilar to waiting for a baby – both can be wet, cold and miserable, but equally fun, warm and enjoyable!” says Mike Kidwell, a 63-year-old Business Developer from Queensland who is taking part in the full circumnavigation in the 2017-18 edition of the race.
Posted today at 7:39 am
Vendee Globe - Spirit of Yukoh has dismasted
Kojiro Shiraishi informed everyone at 0230 UTC today (Sunday) that his mast had broken above attachment for small jib. Kojiro Shiraishi informed everyone at 0230 UTC today (Sunday) that his mast had broken above the attachment for the small jib. The Japanese sailor is not in danger and is busy trying to set up a jury rig. Kojiro is fine and in contact with his shore team to judge the extent of the damage and to determine whether it is possible to continue the race. He is safely heading for Cape Town.
Posted today at 5:49 am
Tour de France à la voile to celebrate its 40th edition in 2017
Eight classes have served on the TFV since 1978, always based on the same principle : one-design. French sailing legends like Eric Tabarly, Michel Desjoyeaux, Jean-Pierre Dick, and more recently Franck Cammas, François Gabart, Armel Le Cléac’h and Loïck Peyron have all played a role in the history of this race, that became one of the biggest summer sporting events.
Posted on 3 Dec
Vendee Globe - Edmond de Rothschild makes up ground
For more than a week now, Sébastien Josse has been philosophically negotiating the weather systems For more than a week now, Sébastien Josse has been philosophically negotiating the weather systems, patiently accepting that his two closest adversaries were going to be able to steal a march on him thanks to the more favourable conditions at the head of the race.
Posted on 3 Dec
Vendée Globe – Leaders gybing along Antarctic exclusion zone + Video
The leaders in the eighth Vendée Globe are gybing along the edge of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone. The leaders in the eighth Vendée Globe are gybing along the edge of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone. Although they have only sailed 330 miles in 24h at an average speed of 13.9 knots for Alex Thomson and 13.4 knots for Armel Le Cléac’h, this has been one of the rare days when their foilers have not clocked up amazing distances. More live video from the Southern Ocean
Posted on 3 Dec
Melges 24 Worlds - Day 4 - Tricky conditions paid off for Bombarda
Trickier conditions with light breeze from 040° that filled in only in afternoon, forced Race Committee to raise AP flag The trickier conditions of today, with a light breeze from 040° that filled in only in the afternoon, forced the Race Committee to raise AP flag until 2.50pm, moment when the fleet was eventually given the preparatory signal and allowed to sail the first and only race of the day.
Posted on 3 Dec
Vendée Globe – Eliès in line for Southern Ocean bruising
Yann Eliès was doing all he could to slow his raceboat in a bid to reduce the impact of a violent Southern Ocean storm. French sailor Yann Eliès was today doing all he could to slow his 60ft raceboat in a bid to reduce the impact of a violent Southern Ocean storm heading straight for him.
Posted on 2 Dec
America's Cup - Kiwi lodges Appeal against Jury in San Francisco Cup
Former Oracle Team USA crew member, Matthew Mitchell (NZL) has lodged an Appeal against a Decision to dismiss his case Former Oracle Team USA crew member, Matthew Mitchell (NZL) has lodged an Appeal against a Decision to dismiss his case taken against the International Jury for the 34th America's Cup in San Francisco. On October 28, 2016, US District Judge Vince Chhabria dismissed Mitchell's claim against the five-person International Jury on the basis that it was lodged too late.
Posted on 2 Dec
Melges 24 Worlds - Day 3 - A new day, the same leader - Irish Embarr
December has started with another sparkling day of sailing for Melges 24 fleet, competing in Miami for Melges 24 Worlds December has started with another sparkling day of sailing for the Melges 24 fleet, competing in Miami for the 2016 Melges 24 World Championship. A day of lighter breeze same way allowed to add three more races to the series and brought about major changes to the overall ranking.
Posted on 2 Dec
Melges 24 World Championship - Day 2 action-shots by Pierrick Contin
Pierrick Contin was on water at 2016 Melges 24 World Championship and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action. Photographer Pierrick Contin was on water at 2016 Melges 24 World Championship - Miami and provided this gallery of images from Day 2 action.
Posted on 2 Dec