Please select your home edition
Edition
Ancasta Botin Fast40

Rolex Middle Sea Race - Record fleet to contest

by KPMS on 19 Oct 2013
Part of the record fleet moored at the Royal Malta Yacht Club © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo http://www.regattanews.com
The 34th edition of the 606-nm Rolex Middle Sea Race will commence tomorrow, October 19th, with nearly 100 yachts from almost 20 countries expected to contest. 'We hope to make 100 starters which would represent a race record, beating the 82 competitors last year,' explained Godwin Zammit, Commodore of race organizers Royal Malta Yacht Club.

The scale, diversity and pedigree of the fleet points to 2013 becoming a vintage edition; from the battle to be the first boat home to the quest to win the competition overall. Line honours, in particular, is wide open. Igor Simcic’s 100-ft Maxi Esimit Europa 2, fastest boat during the last three editions, was forced to withdraw due to technical issues leaving the door open for a host of impressive crews.

Morning Glory, an 86-ft Maxi from Germany, boasts an all-star crew comprising Chris Nicholson, Robbie Naismith and navigator Andrew Cape. 'This is one of the blue water classics,' explained Cape. 'It has a lot of short legs, each one is different meaning it’s a challenging race. We’re aiming for line honours and believe the weather forecast could point to a race record.' The current race record stands at the 47 hours, 55 minutes and three seconds set by American George David’s 90-ft Maxi Rambler in 2007. 'We should see about 10-15 knots of wind at the start, how we progress through the Messina Strait will be a critical point in the race,' continued Cape.

Andres Soriano has winning experience in Malta having claimed line honours in 2008 and outright victory in 2009 with his former 68-ft Mini Maxi Alegre. The new Alegre, launched this year, will enjoy an interesting tussle at the head of the fleet with fellow 72-ft Mini Maxi Robertissima III, formerly Niklas Zennstrom’s all-conquering Mini Maxi Rán 2, now predominantly Italian crewed and skippered by Vasco Vascotto. Robertissima III is expected to be one of almost 30 Italian starters and Russian interest – confirmed by an impressive 15 entrants – is also fervent.


Local flavour will be provided by a highly competitive fleet of 13 Maltese boats including Christian Ripard and Lee Satariano’s J/122 Artie, overall race winner in 2011 and fully determined to reclaim her crown. 'It’s a tactical race,' explained Ripard, 'therefore it’s rewarding for the crew when you do well because a lot of hard work goes in. Last year we made over 80 sail changes. It’s like a round the cans race for nearly 700 miles!' Arthur Podesta will maintain his unique record of sailing in every single Rolex Middle Sea Race, skippering the First 45 Elusive II. Georges Bonello Dupuis, former Commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht Club, will sail alongside Shaun Murphy on Escape, one of 16 double-handed entrants.

Six separate start sequences will be conducted from Malta’s impressive Grand Harbour. 'The start is spectacular because of its location surrounded by high bastions with many good vantage points. We might be looking at a spinnaker start,' added Zammit. The first start is scheduled for 11:00 CEST. The fleet then embarks on a 606-nm anticlockwise loop around Sicily, the Aeolian and Egadi Islands, around Pantelleria and Lampedusa, before finishing back in Marsamxett Harbour, Rolex Middle Sea Race

Insun - AC ProgramRS Sailing 660x82Protector - 660 x 82

Related Articles

A Few Rays – Hypo-allergenic sunscreens, a must have for some
Allergic reaction to sunscreen can be avoided if you know what to use Allergic reaction to sunscreen can be avoided if you know what to use A standard hypo-allergenic sunscreen will be designed to reduce the chance of allergic reaction by limiting ingredients in the formulation that cause the irritation.
Posted today at 2:14 am
Delta Lloyd Regatta – Medal race time for 470 and Laser
The wind was a bit tricky but Laser and 470 were able to start as scheduled giving them some time before the medal races An exciting Friday saw the last of the races before the medal races are sailed. The wind was a bit tricky in the morning, but Laser and 470 were able to start their races as scheduled, giving them some time before the medal races to prepare.
Posted on 26 May
Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac set sail from Chicago on July 15th
More than 300 boats have registered for the 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust More than 300 boats have registered for the 109th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac presented by Wintrust, one of the world’s longest-running freshwater distance races. “The Mac”, which takes most competitors well over 24 hours to complete, is a 333-mile sprint from the Chicago Lighthouse, just east of Navy Pier, to the Round Island Channel near Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Posted on 26 May
Key West Race Week 2018 - Cancelled
After extensive discussion/deliberation Storm Trysail Club decided not to organize Key West Race Week in January 2018. After extensive discussion and deliberation the Storm Trysail Club has decided not to organize and hold Key West Race Week in January 2018. Many factors led to this difficult decision. The bottom line is that with declining participation, the event has become heavily dependent upon sponsorship making the event unsustainable in its current format.
Posted on 26 May
Registration in full swing for 2017 Rolex Big Boat Series
When it comes to determining fastest guns in west, Rolex Big Boat Series served as left coast’s pivotal proving ground. When it comes to determining the fastest guns in the west, Rolex Big Boat Series, hosted by the venerable St. Francis Yacht Club, has long served as the left coast’s pivotal proving ground. Of the 40 regattas StFYC hosts each year, Rolex Big Boat Series is the signature event and enjoys a proud 52-year history of testing competitors’ skills in demanding, rewarding conditions of San Francisco Bay.
Posted on 26 May
Celebrations for 15 years of C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Regatta
Sailors from US and Canada will arrive in Newport to take part in a regatta that has become synonymous with achievement. This year the 2.4mR and Sonar classes will be racing at The Clagett and the competitors will benefit from coaches, Betsy Alison (Newport, RI), Mike Ingham (Rochester, NY) and Brian Todd (Glen Haven, Nova Scotia, Canada), being on hand to provide coaching on and off water.
Posted on 25 May
Argentario Sailing Week and Panerai Classic Challenge – 4 weeks to go
In 2017, yachts will be racing for one day more than compared to past editions, for a total of four days. In 2017, yachts will be racing for one day more than compared to past editions, for a total of four days. A novelty that will allow crews to enjoy the hospitality of the Argentario and Porto Santo Stefano to the fullest and offer sailing enthusiasts the opportunity of retracing 115 years of sailing history while strolling down the docks.
Posted on 25 May
See how your smart phone can help save your life
OLAS, the man overboard location alert app from Exposure Lights is available on Android as well as through App Store. OLAS, the man overboard location alert app from Exposure Lights is now available on Android as well as through the App Store.
Posted on 25 May
Setsail Back Sea Int Regatta – Two intense days of competition
Excellent wind conditions powered three inshore races demanding both sailing skills and the challenging offshore race. Excellent wind conditions, 10-25 knots, powered the three inshore races demanding both strategy and sailing skills and the challenging offshore race.
Posted on 25 May
RORC Myth of Malham Race – Rambler 88 joins 140 yacht fleet
In essence the first 130 miles of the race mirrors the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race. In essence the first 130 miles of the race mirrors the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race, with tactical and strategic decisions to be made along the tidal headlands of the south coast of England.
Posted on 25 May