by KPMS on 25 Oct 2012
ESIMIT EUROPA 2 claims line honours at the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2012. © Rolex/ Kurt Arrigo http://www.regattanews.com
Igor Simcic’s crew completed the 606-nm course in three days, 13 hours, 33 minutes and 15 seconds (85 hours, 33 minutes and 15 seconds), an elapsed time significantly slower than the race record of 47 hours, 55 minutes and three seconds set by George David’s 27.43m/90-ft Maxi Rambler (USA) in 2007.
'It was a very long race and hopefully the longest we’ll ever have to do,' reflected skipper Jochen Schümann, relieved to arrive in Malta. 'As we expected it was a light race. After the passage through the Strait of Messina, the fleet caught up with us at Stromboli which is not good enough for a 100-footer.' At Stromboli Esimit headed inland, finding breeze while her rivals slowed down. 'After that tactical move we led comfortably for the rest of the race despite having to park several times especially behind the islands in front of Trapani.' The line honours time set by Esimit Europa 2 is over 24 hours slower than her two previous successes at the Rolex Middle Sea Race, proving how difficult the race has been for the fastest boats.
At 08:09.56 CEST this morning, Niklas Zennström’s Rán 2 (GBR) became the second boat to cross the finishing line, arriving after 92 hours, 29 minutes and 56 seconds at sea. In doing so, the 21.94m/72-ft Mini Maxi put herself in pole position on handicap, and set the bar for the remainder of the fleet.