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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Challenging Day For 18 Foot Skiffs - Sydney Harbour

Today’s 18ft Skiff race on Sydney Harbour was both Race 2 of the NSW Championship as well as the concluding race (brought about by last week’s postponed race) of the AEG 3-Buoys Challenge series.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Provisional results at this time have Lumix (Jonathan Whitty, James Hozack, Aron Everett) as winner of Race 2 in the NSW title, Fisher & Paykel (Gary Phillips, Ewan Duckworth and Tim Baraclough), winner of Race 8 of the AEG 3-Buoys Challenge and Pure Blonde (Tom Clout, Rob Bell and Matt Wark) the overall winner of the 3-Buoys Challenge.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Aside from the provisional results, the rest of the day was something to rember as we were treated to the most unusual finish anyone could remember. While the day in Sydney started out with brilliant sunshine and a nice nor’easter, things deteriorated to a point where the race was delayed due to a lack of wind.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The fleet finally got away in a light nor’easter but a variety of wind pressures and directions kept all teams on their toes over the first two laps of the course. Just when things looked normal and reigning Giltinan champion Gotta Love It 7 (Seve Jarvin, Scott Babbage and Peter Harris) held a 1m50s at the final windward mark, nobody could have foreseen what was still to come.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
As the champion Gotta Love It 7 team raced under spinnaker to the wind mark off Shark Island, the wind dropped while the rest of the fleet came down to join ‘7’, who was ‘parked’ near the buoy. With just the final short spinnaker run to the finish line off Double Bay, there were 10 boats all in a single line.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Lumix, featuring a radical new wing mast, and Mojo Wine (James Dorron, Ricky Bridges and Mike McKensey) were the first to pick up the new breeze and resulted in Lumix taking the win by 18s.
Third place went to Yandoo (John Winning, Andrew Hay and Jim Beck), which finished a further 11s back.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
These placing are provisional as the Appliancesonline.com.au team have lodged a protest against the winner over an incident at the critical final wing mark. Early in the race, Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney), Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane), Mojo Wine and Gotta Love It 7 staged a tough battle to the first windward mark.

AOL and ‘7’ went around together, closely followed (5s) by The Rag, with Mojo another 10s back in fourth place.The breeze had a lot of north in direction and all teams were forced to gybe a number of times to reach the wing mark.

Gotta Love It 7 had edged slightly away from AOL and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel, while Australian champion Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) had time to be in fouth position. A slightly fresher breeze settled in over the next lap and Gotta Love It 7 increased her lead from AOL and Yandoo.

There will now be a three week break from racing and the season will resume on 13 January with Race 1 of the Australian Championship.

Frank Quealey

Saturday, December 15, 2012

68. Emirates Team NZ and Luna Rossa setting the AC72 pace - AC Discovered

Lahana Lets It Rip in CYCA Trophy Passage Series Race

The glamour maxi Lahana owned by Peter  Millard and John Honan has kicked of her Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race campaign in fine style taking out line hours and the overall win in today's race, the first of the two day CYCA Trophy Passage Series in Sydney.
Lahana  Photo: Andrea Francolini
Lahana left the the rest of 23 strong fleet for dead as she smoked around the 18 nautical mile course that had the yachts rounding a mark at Long Reef just north of Dee Why. Millard said this afternoon they were "smokin'" all the way to Long Reef and back, sailing upwind to the mark before setting a spinnaker for a speedy run back home to the finish line in Watsons Bay.
Wild Oats XI  Photo: Andrea Francolini
"It was light at the start," Millard said. "The nor'easter was at around eight or nine knots. We tucked in close to Manly on the way out of the Harbour (two thirds of the fleet followed suit) which gave us a good line to the turning mark. Then we had a fast run home when the breeze topped out at 15 knots."
Occasional Coarse Language 2  Photo: Andrea Francolini
Occasional Coarse Language 2, who will make her Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race debut this year, finished second overall and Nine Dragons, a DK46, took out third place.

In the PHS division, Brindabella  finished first, followed by Occasional Coarse Language 2 and Celestial Assistance Dogs in third.

Lulu Roseman

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kurt Arrigo Awarded 2012 Yacht Racing Image of the Year

Maltese photographer Kurt Arrigo's stunning photograph of line honours winner, Nilaya, taken during this year's Rolex Volcano Race with the Isle of Capri reflected on her bow, has won the 2012 Yacht Racing Image of the Year.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Arrigo triumphed amongst an elite field that included many of the world's best yachting photographers including last year's winner, Thierry Martinez.

Lulu Roseman


Catching up with Luna Rossa Freestyler David Carr - AC UNCUT

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Stunning Start For Vende Globe Fleet

Nineteen of the 20 skippers competing in the seventh edition of the Vendée Globe solo around the world race hit the start line of the 24,048 miles, three months circumnavigation race at 1302hrs local time off Les Sables d’Olonne on Saturday.
Photo: Jean Marie Llot / DPPI / Vendee Globe 
After a minor collision with his support team’s rigid inflatable boat, Bertrand de Broc was forced to return to port before the start to make the necessary repairs to a small puncture in the hull of his IMOCA Open 60 Votre Nom Autour du Monde avec EDM Projets.
Photo: Jean Marie Llot / DPPI / Vendee Globe 
Starting in 12-14 knots of westerly wind under grey skies with rain threatening there was no quarter given on the start line. With the prospect of a direct, straight line 300 miles course to Finisterre and no real tactical options every early metre gained might be critical.
Photo: Jean Marie Llot / DPPI / Vendee Globe 
Poland’s Zbigniew Gutkowski on Energa and four French favourites including PRB (Vincent Riou), Macif (François Gabart) Groupe Bel (Kito de Pavant) and Armel le Cléac’h (Banque Populaire) all jumped the start gun early and had to turn back and recross the line.
Photo: Jean Marie Llot / DPPI / Vendee Globe 
Marc Guillemot on Safran opened up the course to forge ahead early in the close reaching conditions. Spain’s Javier ‘Bubi’ Sanso on Acciona 100% Eco Powered, and the youngest skipper in the race 27 year old Louis Burton on Bureau Vallée and Tanguy de Lamotte on Initatives Couer all had their moments of early glory.  They formed the vanguard of the fleet as they headed out for the open sea among the huge spectator fleet.
Photo: Jean Marie Llot / DPPI / Vendee Globe 
Cheminées Poujoulat, the new Juan Kouyoumdjian design of Bernard Stamm steadily climbed through to the front of the fleet to be alongside Safran around one hour after the start gun. British skippers Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss and Mike Golding on Gamesa both made safe, solid openings.
Photo: Jean Marie Llot / DPPI / Vendee Globe 
Emotions were hight around the Port Olona pontoons even for the hardened skippers.Leaving his four months old baby son, also named Javier, was visibly difficult for Spanish skipper Javier ‘Bubi’ Sanso. Samantha Davies was pleased to finally find sanctuary from the intensity of the media and public interest when she boarded Saveol. British skipper Alex Thomson kept his sunglasses on throughout the dock out.
Photo: Olivier Blanchet / DPPI /Vendee Globe
There was massive euphoria of the legendary passage down the channel where hundreds of thousands lined the walls to bid adieu to the skippers. Among the heartfelt messages painted on bedsheets held up by the crowd were: ‘You Make Us Dream’ and ‘Whose turn this time?’
Photo: Olivier Blanchet / DPPI /Vendee Globe
Compared with previous races the Vendée Globe skippers this time are looking at a relatively straightforward first 24-36 hours. A fast course to Finisterre will test reaching speed but with the prospect of some brisk downwind sailing along the Portuguese coast with many manoeuvres, quite a lot of sail changes and intense trimming, skippers will have to carefully manage their own sleep and energy regime as they settle into race mode. By Wednesday there is the prospect of a low pressure system bringing some upwind conditions.

A fast passage to the equator appears to be possible, an essential component of any challenge to break the race course record of 84 days 03 hours 09 minutes set in 2009 by Michel Desjoyeaux.

Vendee Globe Media

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Ben Ainslie and Lijia Xu Named 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailors Of The Year

Ben Ainslie (GBR) and Lijia Xu (CHN) were named the male and female winners of the 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards at a ceremony held at the Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland this evening.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Four-time Olympic Gold medallist Ben Ainslie commented: “Winning the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award is a huge honour, especially for everyone who has helped me. There is a huge team in the background from family, friends, coaches and sponsors who helped make it happen. It is a huge honour to be part of such a group of exceptional sailors who were put forward for this award.”
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
It is the fourth time that Ainslie has been named ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, following titles gained in 1998, 2002 and 2008. Ainslie is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. The 35-year old’s achievement at London 2012 elevated him to five Olympic medals (four gold, one silver), surpassing Rolex Testimonee Paul Elvstrøm (DEN), winner of four gold medals between 1948 and 1960.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Lijia Xu, Laser Radial Gold Medallist at London 2012, expressed her delight at becoming only the second Asian athlete to be crowned ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year and spoke of her passion for the sport: “Sailing has given me the chance to chase my dreams and the stage to show my potential. It has provided me with the opportunity to see, feel and explore the world. Sailing leads me to a path of a better life, a life full of vitality, excitement and joyful experiences.”

In August, Xu became the first Chinese, and indeed Asian, sailor to win an Olympic Gold medal in a dinghy sailing boat.

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

18ft Skiffs AEG 3-Buoys Challenge, Race 4 - Sydney Harbour

Giltinan champion Skipper Seve Jarvin and his Gotta Love It 7 crew Scott Babbage and Peter Harris were in superb form today to take out Race 4 of the AEG 3-Buoys Challenge in a 15-knot North East wind on Sydney Harbour.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The Gotta Love It 7 team grabbed the lead at the final bottom mark of the four-lap course then edged away to defeat Appliancesonline.com.au (Micah Lane, Paul Montague and Tom Anderson) by 56s with Thurlow Fisher Lawyers, skippered by five times Giltinan champion Trevor Barnabas, a further 29s back in third place.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Andrew Chapman’s Fisher & Paykel was a further 38s back in fourth place, followed by Mojo Wine (James Dorron) and De’Longhi-Rabbitohs (Simon Nearn).
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The third placing of Thurlow Fisher Lawyers today was enough for the team to retain the series on 18 points, with Gotta Love It 7 next on 21, Fisher & Paykel 22, Mojo Wine 23, Rabbitohs-Kenwood (Brett Van Munster) 29 and Asko Appliances (Marcus Ashley-Jones) on 30.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
The series is now at the halfway point and there will be a one week break (for race 1 of the NSW Championship) before the 3-Buoys Challenge resumes on 18 November.
Photo: Frank Quealey/18 Foot Skiff League
Most of the fleet elected to use their smaller number two rigs today with only The Kitchen Maker, skippered by Olympic Gold Medalist Malcolm Page, and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel (Jack Macartney) electing to go with their bigger number one gear.

Malcolm Page was quickly into form in his first race back in the skiffs as The Kitchen Maker led the fleet from Thurlow Fisher Lawyers as spinnakers were set for the first run back to the bottom mark.

Appliancesonline.com.au was in third place ahead of Asko Appliances, Lumix (Euan McNicol), Gotta Love It 7, Mojo Wine and Coopers-Rag & Famish Hotel.

Thurlow Fisher grabbed the lead at the bottom mark and continued to lead on the next windward leg but Asko took over with the advantage of the nearer ‘red’ buoy rounding.

The racing was close and positions at the head of the fleet were continually changing over the next lap of the course.

Sporting their brand new number two rig, Appliancesonline was showing excellent pace and holding out Gotta Love It 7 before a slow mark rounding at the end of the third lap enabled the champion ‘7’ crew through for a well deserved victory.

Frank Quealey

ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered: Vendée Globe 2012 (EN)

Artemis Racing launch AC72

Artemis Racing Launches AC72

Alameda, CA. November 3, 2012 - The launch of Artemis Racing’s first AC72 catamaran marks a major milestone in the team’s quest for the America’s Cup. Thousands of design and build hours came together today when the Artemis Racing AC72 was launched at the team’s base in Alameda.
Photo: © Sander van der Borch/Artemis Racing
Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco and Godmother of Artemis, christened the AC72 in the presence of the entire team and their families.
Photo: © Sander van der Borch/Artemis Racing
Building an AC72 is an incredible design and construction feat, incorporating leading edge technology and materials. The Challenger of Record’s hulls were built in Sweden, trucked to the base in Valencia in spring of this year and then travelled by cargo ship to San Francisco only to arrive in August. The team’s first AC72 wing was built and tested in Spain but suffered significant damage in May during training. Artemis Racing overcame this setback and it is the rebuilt wing in its entirety, and it is this wing which will power the AC72.
Photo: © Sander van der Borch/Artemis Racing
Designed by Juan Kouyoumidjian and his team in Valencia, this is the first of two AC72 catamarans for Artemis Racing. From here the research and development will continue with the valuable input generated from training on the San Francisco Bay. Standing alongside the AC72, Kouyoumidjian said, “We are extremely excited to get out sailing with this first boat and the learning opportunity that it represents. Sailing here, in the realities of San Francisco Bay, makes the lessons hard, but extremely relevant.”

The first day of sailing for the Swedish team is likely to be next week. The team has completed its relocation from its first training site in Spain and is now 80 strong in Alameda.

“It’s been a tremendous team effort to design, build and launch the AC72. We are looking forward to valuable training time on the Bay in the coming weeks,” said team CEO Paul Cayard.

Artemis Racing Team Media

Friday, November 2, 2012

Loick Peyron Joins Artemis Racing

Alameda, CA - November 1, 2012 - Artemis Racing, Challenger of Record for the 34th America’s Cup, announced today that French multihull legend Loïck Peyron will sail with the Swedish team during this month’s AC72 training.
Photo: © Loris van Siebenthal
“It is fantastic to have Loïck join Artemis Racing. Loïck has no peer when it comes to large multihulls.” said Paul Cayard, CEO of Artemis Racing. “As we have seen, these AC72’s will be a real challenge here on San Francisco Bay and having someone of Loïck’s experience will certainly be advantageous.”

Peyron has an extensive background of achievements in multihulls in both inshore and offshore racing. In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s he won the ORMA Championship four times, the Single-handed Transatlantic Race three times, and just this year won the Jules Verne Trophy setting the record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe in just 45 days. Peyron has been the skipper for Energy Team France in the 2012 America’s Cup World Series (ACWS).

"I look forward to working with these great guys in San Francisco. Thanks to my new role with Artemis Racing, Energy Team will be gaining the experience of the 34th America's Cup at the highest level," said Loïck Peyron. The Peyron brothers and their Energy Team will continue with the AC45 on the ACWS circuit next year and are aiming to participate in the 35th America’s Cup.

Artemis Racing Team Media

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hi Fidelity Takes Handicap Honours in Rolex Middle Sea Race

South African entry Hi Fidelity has been confirmed as overall winner of the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
Arriving at 04:18.15 CEST this morning, Eddie De Villiers’ Welbourne 46, established a corrected time benchmark that has proved impossible for the remainder of the fleet to beat. Hi Fidelity arrived in Marsamxett Harbour in dramatic style under a punishing thunderstorm, strong gusts and torrential rain, conditions atypical of those witnessed earlier during the 606-nm race.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
South Africa becomes the ninth different country to provide a winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy joining yachts from Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
Success is just reward for the crew of Hi Fidelity following their consistent performance throughout a race largely characterized by light winds and during which they benefited from the leadership of co-skippers and noted professional sailors Michael Joubert and Mark Sadler. “It was a challenging race with lots of parking lots, breeze and different forecasts,” explained Sadler, taking part in the race for the first time. “It was very demanding from a navigational and tactical point of view. We had a lot of opportunities (to take advantage) when the bigger boats parked and we could decide which way to go.”
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
Staying in touch with boats rated faster and well ahead of those rated slower coupled with the fresh breeze Hi Fidelity hit while attacking the western stretch of the racecourse proved critical. “It was a challenge beyond challenges,” remarked Joubert. “We didn’t get a lot of sleep, and each new leg brought something new. We tried to mix it between what the weather forecast said and where the fleet was going.” Excelling after almost six full days is testament to the crew’s true Corinthian spirit.
Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
“The crew have been absolutely fantastic, I cannot give them enough praise. This has been one hell of a race, we have had just about everything thrown at us. Coming through the Comino [passage] there was a terrific amount of thunder and lightning; it was all around us, and the wind touched 37 knots. To come through the finish and find out that we have such a great result is truly amazing!” said a delighted De Villiers.
 Photo: Rolex / Kurt Arrigo
By mid-afternoon on Day 6 of the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race, 16 yachts had completed the race, 11 have retired and 56 boats are still sailing.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Esimit Europa 2 Claims Line Honours in Rolex Middle Sea Race

Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) has claimed line honours at the 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race. The 30.48m/100-ft Maxi crossed the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour, Malta on Wednesday 24 October at 01:13.15 CEST, sealing a third straight line honours win.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Igor Simcic’s crew completed the 606-nm course in 3 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 3 seconds set by George David’s 27.43m/90-ft MaxiRambler (USA) in 2007.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
“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.”
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
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.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
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.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
“It was a very long race and during the first half it seemed like it might be even longer,” commented Zennström. “It was quite frustrating at times and we ran out of food. Racing against Stig - a rival Mini Maxi - though made the light racing a lot more enjoyable.” Alessandro Rombelli’s Stig (ITA) was the third boat to cross the finish line in Malta, arriving some 1 hour 20 minutes after Rán 2.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Much of the fleet still at sea is now on the western-most stretch of the course between Trapani and Lampedusa. All will be hoping that the fresher winds persist to carry them back to the finish and some will be hoping to challenge Rán 2 for the overall title.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Leaders Head For Home In Rolex Middle Sea Race

Race leader Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) is expected to cross the finish line in Malta shortly after midnight having established an insurmountable lead in the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Esimit has passed the island of Lampedusa, the most southerly point of the 606-nm course and is some 70-nm from the finish line in Malta. A third straight line honours triumph beckons for Igor Simcic’s 30.48m/100-ft Maxi.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Rán II (GBR), Med Spirit (RUS) and Stig (ITA) are engaged in their own duel to finish second on the water having kept each other company throughout the race. This pack is currently travelling between Pantelleria and Lampedusa at a consistent ten knots.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
While five of the record-breaking 83-international entrants have retired from the race, the majority of the fleet are negotiating the tactically arduous passage across the northern coast of Sicily and approaching the stronger northwesterly breeze running down the west of the island.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Welcome news for boats such as the 12.9m/40-ft Kuka- Light (SUI). “We’ve had a very slow 24 hours like a lot of the boats around us and the conditions are variable,” explained skipper Mitch Booth. “We are getting quite close to the (northwest) tip of Sicily and enjoying some close racing. Conditions are quite frustrating. We are looking forward to a downwind stretch after a lot of light, upwind.”
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Despite the frustrations caused by light winds, the crew have enjoyed the challenge: “The race is very scenic, we’ve seen a lot of wildlife and volcano action, as well a lot of other boats which is not always the case during an offshore race.”
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
The Maltese J/133 Oiltanking Juno currently lies at the back of the fleet and reported: “It’s been a tough last 24 hours but we’ve passed Stromboli and are now heading to Favignana. We’ve been through about a hundred sail changes and are trying to catch up. We just need more wind!”
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
The battle to be overall race winner is still wide open. Current estimates indicate that Niklas Zennstrom’s 21.94m/72-ft Mini Maxi Rán II holds the advantage on handicap although a clearer idea will emerge once the bulk of the fleet heads into stronger airs after Trapani.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Esimit Europa 2 Breaks Free - Rolex Middle Sea Race

A crawling pace continues to characterize the 33rd Rolex Middle Sea Race as one of the slowest races in recent years unfolds. The bulk of the 83-strong international fleet has passed the volcanic island of
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Stromboli, and is engaged in a search for breeze to propel them across the northern coast of Sicily. Although her pursuit of the race record may be over, Esimit Europa 2 (SLO) continues to lead the fleet successfully resisting the challenge of the two Mini Maxis Rán 2 (GBR) and Stig (ITA).
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
By mid-afternoon today, Esimit Europa 2 had eked out a 40 nautical mile lead over her nearest rivals and is approaching Trapani, the halfway point of the 606-nautical mile course. This separation appears courtesy of a key tactical decision at Stromboli.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
“It was light so we sent Jordi Calafat up the rig and he saw there that was more pressure close to the volcano. We decided to head into this and it worked out,” said navigator Juan Vila.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Since then Esimit Europahas been able to travel at a consistent 10 knots while her rivals scrabble about looking for puffs of breeze. Jochen Schümann’s crew currently estimate arrival in Malta late tomorrow (Tuesday evening), but are taking nothing for granted.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
“At the moment we have some distance over the nearest boats but things can change very fast and the fleet may regroup again,” he added.
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
An update from Rán 2 exemplifies the difficulties facing some crews: “This is the slowest offshore race we have sailed and it’s a new experience for some. We are cutting food rations as we will not have enough until arrival whenever that will be. When the wind is here, it lasts for a very short time.”
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
Chris Opielok’s Kohinoor (GER) offers a different perspective. Lying in the middle of the fleet having passed Stromboli at midday his crew are appreciating their extended view of the volcano, despite the problematic wind: “There is a pack of about 25 boats around us. It was very dull and pretty shifty last night with no wind. In ten hours we made only ten miles! There was nothing else to do than have a fantastic meal.”
Photo: Rolex/Kurt Arrigo
The forecast for the days ahead remains confused. Pressure is building around Sicily, but offshore and that will only benefit those that can reach it.

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