Please select your home edition
Edition
Auckland On Water Boat Show

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

Wildwind 2016 660x82Colligo Marine 660x82Ancasta Ker 33 660x82

Related Articles

Les Voiles de St Tropez - Eugenia Bakunova's view of Day 2
Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez. Not a lot of wind for the second day of racing at Les Voiles de St Tropez. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru captured these images of the always picturesque classics as they sailed in a light breeze
Posted today at 11:39 am
Legendary Mitch Booth to compete in St-Barth Cata Cup 2016
Sixty teams have already confirmed they will be competing in the event. As a triple world champion, Booth is no stranger to the F18. For this edition, he will be joined by Andy Dinsdale, a regular on the waters around St Barth.
Posted today at 11:25 am
Les Voiles de St Tropez - Eugenia Bakunova's images from Day 1
Racing got underway in St Propez on the first day at Les Voiles de St Tropez with three dedicated race zones Racing got underway in St Propez on the first day at Les Voiles de St Tropez with three dedicated race zones, Nioulargue for the Modern yachts, Pampelonne for the Wallys and the bay for the 15 m JIs, racing in an even swell and glorious sunshine. Most of the Classic yachts are not due to set sail until the second day of racing. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on hand to capture the acti
Posted today at 11:17 am
J-70 Worlds - San Francisco - Images from a fired up first day
Images and video of the opening day of the J-70 Worlds being run by the St Francis Yacht Club. Videographer and photographer, John Navas was on the water on the Berkley Circle, San Francisco for the opening day of the J-70 Worlds being run by the St Francis Yacht Club. Here's his view of the day in video and still images.
Posted today at 8:11 am
Alcatel J/70 Worlds - Cut-throat competition on Day 1 in San Francisco
World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition World Championship regattas always generate high-level competition, but when you stack 68 of the world’s most popular One Design boats on San Francisco Bay in a crisp, late-September breeze, you can bet your last shackle that the competition will be ferocious.
Posted today at 4:09 am
Les Voiles de St Tropez France – Day 2 images by Ingrid Abery
Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two Photographer Ingrid Abery has provided this gallery of images from day two
Posted on 27 Sep
Panerai Classic Yachts - Images from Régates Royales - Final day
The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales The final round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has concluded at Cannes in the 38th Régates Royales. Eugenia Bakunova of mainsail.ru was on the water at Cannes and provided this gallery of images from the Final Day - there ws no racing due to the obvious lack of wind - but the images are still excellent.
Posted on 27 Sep
French-flagged sailing team to make Extreme Sailing Series debut
30-year old Kiwi Adam Minoprio will lead the team, and he is looking forward to the challenge. Arriving fresh from victory on their GC32 in Sotogrande (Spain), the team of experienced foilers is expected to get competitive quickly on Lisbon’s stadium racetrack.
Posted on 27 Sep
Groupama Nouvelle-Caledonie Race - Top Kiwi racer takes line honours
TeamVodafoneSailing/Frank Racing has taken line honours in the 650nm Groupama Nouvelle-Caledonie Race. The New Zealand ORMA60 trimaran TeamVodafoneSailing/Frank Racing has taken line honours in the 650nm Groupama Nouvelle-Calendonie Race. She crossed the finish line at 10.33.12 on Tuesday morning, local time.
Posted on 27 Sep
Extreme Sailing Series - Lisbon joins the race to restore ocean health
Extreme Sailing Series™ organiser OC Sport is proud to announce that they have joined the race to restore ocean health Extreme Sailing Series™ organiser OC Sport is proud to announce that they have joined the race to restore ocean health with Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas programme.
Posted on 27 Sep