24 Oct '12, 8am

Sailing - Rolex Middle Sea Race: Day 4 - Stairway to heaven - Malta Independent Online

At 3:45 yesterday morning Niklas Zennstrom’s Ran finally turned south at Favignana, closely followed by Alessandro Rombelli’s Stig. The Slovenian Maxi Esimit Europa 2 was long gone; by 0930 yester morning the 100ft canting keel Slovenian Maxi was just 50 miles from Lampedusa, 158 miles from the finish and are expected in Malta some time this evening. Esimit Europa 2 is almost assured of line honours and Ran and Stig are also on the fast road. However the battle for class honours and the overall crown is totally undecided, last night the majority of the fleet made slow progress along the top of Sicily in the whispering wind. Reaching Favignana was crucial; the northwesterly breeze is running down the west of Sicily but not the north. Those that make Favigana can expect a significant increase in wind and in a downwind direction, dramatically increasing their speed to the fin...

Full article: http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=152348

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