Thursday, October 27, 2011

Maltese Boat Wins Overall Victory - Rolex Middle Sea Race

Putting an end a nine year drought of Maltese winners, the J/122 Artie, co-skippered by Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard, was today named the overall winner of the 2011 Rolex Middle Sea Race.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Artie completed the 606-nautical mile course in an elapsed time of 4 days, 4 hours, 22 minutes, 54 seconds.After finishing second overall in both 2006 and 2010, owner Lee Satariano was ecstatic with his first overall win,

“It’s a moment to enjoy. It is a dream come true. Since 2002 the fleet has grown bigger and the competition is tremendous. The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a beautiful track. The race is one you can never forget and every year something challenges you to go back out and enjoy another race,” Satariano said.
Artie Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
He was full of praise for his co-skipper Christian Ripard and his entire crew.

“They have been preparing the boat the whole year and have been dedicated to all the local races. The preparation for this race was even more intense and a lot of effort went into optimising the boat and sails. During the race the crew worked around the clock, sometimes there were five or seven sail changes in ten minutes and they worked fast in any conditions. It was very nice for them to do so well in such a race,” he said.

Lulu Roseman

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