Middle Sea Race – Saturday 19th October 2013
The Middle Sea Race is a yacht race which starts and finishes in Malta. The 606 nautical mile course will start from the Grand Harbour, beneath the saluting Battery. The fleet then heads north along the eastern coasts of Sicily up towards the Straits of Messina. Once through the Straits, the course leads north to the Aeolian Islands where the yachts then turn west to the Egadi Islands. Once past Lampedusa the fleet turns northeast on the final leg towards the South Comino Channel and the finish at Marsamxett Harbour. The middle sea racecourse record is 47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds established by Rambler (USA).
Over 100 yachts are expected to take part in the Middle Sea Race, with the favourite being Hasso Plattner’s Z-86 Morning Glory. Others in the running include Alex Thomson’s IMOCA 60 – Hugo Boss, Spanish IMOCA 60 Gaes, however, both these yachts will be racing double-handed rather than fully crewed. Andy Budgen’s Volvo 70 – Monster Project, Andres Soriano’s latest, Alegre, is a Mills 72 and significantly quicker than Soriano’s previous yacht and lastly JV72 Robertissima II, skippered by Vasco Vascotti should have a close battle with Alegre.
For more details on the Middle Sea Race visit the Rolex Middle Sea Race website.
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