Please select your home edition
Edition
Savvy Navvy 2021 SW LEADERBOARD v2

Elusive 2 wins the Yachting Malta Coastal Race, the precursor to the Rolex Middle Sea Race

by Rolex Middle Sea Race Media 15 Oct 2020 05:01 PDT 14 October 2020
Yachting Malta Coastal Race 2020 © Yachting Malta / RMYC / Alex Turnbull

The Yachting Malta Coastal Race took place on Wednesday 14th October, the precursor to the 41st edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, which will start Saturday (17th October).

The Yachting Malta Coastal Race was blessed with superb sailing conditions. PRO Peter Dimech chose a race of approximately 30nm. Starting from outside the Royal Malta Yacht Club, the fleet rounded the island of Comino before returning to Marsamxett Harbour.

"Champagne sailing," commented Peter Dimech. "12-15 knots from the southwest building to 18 knots later in the day. There was about a metre swell on the west coast of Comino, but flatter seas on the east coast."

In the first start, Timofey Zhbankov's Russian JPK 10.80 Rossko got the best start and went on to win their class and place second overall. In the second start, the Podesta family racing Maltese First 45 Elusive 2, showed the way with great pace out of the harbour. Elusive 2 went on to win the race overall after IRC time correction. Rossko was second and Jean-Pierre Dick's French JP54 The Kid took line honours but placed third overall after IRC time correction.

Christoph Podesta, co-skipper of Elusive 2, commented after the race: "Last year we showed our potential by winning the Rolex Middle Sea Race overall. We know it is a tough race to win and we are not getting big-headed. We hope we can be faster than in 2019 and win our class. Winning overall is dependent on things beyond our control but we can sail to our potential and enjoy the race."

Jean-Pierre Dick's JP54 The Kid took line honours in an elapsed time of 2 hrs 47 mins 39 secs. This will be the second Rolex Middle Sea Race for The Kid. Jean-Pierre Dick has competed in three editions of the Vendee Globe and won the Barcelona Round the World Race.

"We are competing with the same Czech-based crew, this race is a lot of fun and I come from Nice, so I love the Mediterranean," commented Jean-Pierre Dick. "Today's race was a good test for the boat in racing conditions and to practice manoeuvres and sail changes. Some of the boats did not make it for the Coastal Race because of a storm. However, for the Rolex Middle Sea Race there will be fierce competition. This is a different game to the Vendee Globe, but it is a challenge just the same, and this year the race is wide open."

The Yachting Malta Coastal Race Rolex Middle Sea Race Winners will be recognised at the final prize-giving on Saturday 24th October.

The 41st edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race is currently scheduled to start at 1100 local time on Saturday 17th October, with the first warning signal at 1050 CEST. The race start will be broadcast live on TVM2 with Maltese language commentary from 1030 (until 12.30). There will also be a Facebook Live broadcast in the English language starting at 1030 here. During the race there will be live daily updates on Facebook at 0900 each day (and other times to be advised).

Spectators wishing to watch the start from the shoreline of Grand Harbour should respect government rules and guidance regarding social distancing and mask wearing. Those hoping to watch from the water are advised that that Grand Harbour is closed to all traffic not directly related to the race from 0900 to 1500 or such time as may be communicated by Valletta Port Control (Valletta VTS) on Channel 12.

Any alterations to the start arrangements due to changes in government guidance will be notified via the race website and social media channels.

The 41st edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race is scheduled to start on Saturday, 17 October.

Related Articles

Rolex Middle Sea Race fleet builds steadily
Some 47 yachts from 17 countries have entered Some 47 yachts from 17 countries have entered, currently ranging in size from the mighty 42.56 metre (140 feet) ClubSwan 125 Skorpios down to the 9.14m (29.12 ft) Pogo 30 One and Only. Posted on 5 May
Registration Open for 2021 Rolex Middle Sea Race
Start set for Saturday 23rd October in Malta Given the ongoing global pandemic causing so much disruption, there is a long way to go before the starting cannons fire in Grand Harbour. However, the RMYC is a one of the few organizations to have successfully hosted a blue riband offshore race in 2020. Posted on 11 Mar
2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race: Inspiring performance
The race always demands the highest standards in sailors The Rolex Middle Sea Race always demands the highest standards in sailors of all generations, both professional and Corinthian. This year, the 41st edition, demonstrated profoundly the human endeavour required to succeed. Posted on 24 Oct 2020
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2020: The results are in
Only one boat is left at sea The 41st Rolex Middle Sea Race is virtually done and dusted. Only one boat is left at sea, her crew clearly set on completing the course despite the likelihood that they will finish outside the race time limit. Posted on 23 Oct 2020
Rolex Middle Sea Race 2020: Elusive Two
An impressively tight knit group It is the year that just keeps on giving. By midnight on Wednesday, 15 of the 50-boat fleet had completed the course. Ten of those were competing under IRC for the overall Rolex Middle Sea Race trophy Posted on 22 Oct 2020
Elusive 2 wins the 41st Rolex Middle Sea Race
Victory for Maltese First 45 skippered by Aaron, Christoph and Maya Podesta At 15:00 CEST on Thursday, 22 October, 2020, the winner of the 41st edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race was announced as the Maltese First 45 Elusive 2, skippered by Aaron, Christoph and Maya Podesta. Posted on 22 Oct 2020
2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race day 4
In the end, it was I Love Poland No one following this year's Rolex Middle Sea Race had foreseen that two 70-foot ocean-racing maxis would match race the final 10 nm to the finish line to decide the monohull line honours title of the 41st edition of the 606 nm classic offshore. Posted on 21 Oct 2020
I Love Poland takes monohull line honours
In the 2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race I Love Poland (POL), skippered by Grzegorz Baranowski crossed the finish line of the 2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race at the Royal Malta Yacht Club to take Monohull Line Honours at 11:58:05 CEST on Wednesday 21st October. Posted on 21 Oct 2020
2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race day 3
A classic tale of boat for boat competition The story of day three of the 41st Rolex Middle Sea Race was undoubtedly the dogfight between Maserati and Mana, which finally concluded last night (Monday) at just after 2030 CEST. Posted on 20 Oct 2020
Maserati takes Rolex Middle Sea Race line honours
Giovanni Soldini's team cross the line at 20:41:31 CEST on Monday Maserati Multi70 (ITA), skippered by Giovanni Soldini, crossed the finish line of the 2020 Rolex Middle Sea Race at the Royal Malta Yacht Club to take Multihull Line Honours at 20:41:31 CEST on Monday 19th October. Posted on 19 Oct 2020
Gul 2020 FOOTERReverso Air 2021 FOOTERCyclops 2020 - SmartlinkNano - FOOTER