25 Oct '12, 8am

Sailing – Rolex Middle Sea Race: Esimit Europa 2 claims Line Honours for third ... - Malta Independent Online

Early yesterday morning Esimit Europa 2’s skipper Jochen Schümann showered the Maxi crew with champagne dockside at the Royal Malta Yacht Club to celebrate taking Line Honours for the third consecutive year in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Schümann has won Olympic Gold and The America’s Cup but the ardour of the victory was etched on his face. “That was a tough one,” explained Schümann. “We got caught up by Ran and Stig in the first parking lot at Stromboli but it was by no means the last. Our primary goal was line honours and it was impossible to relax during any part of the race. We are delighted to have taken line honours and finish off a great season in style.” It was nearly seven hours before Niklas Zennstrom’s JV 72 Ran crossed the finish line, setting the bar for the rest of the fleet to achieve. Although this has been a slow race, Ran have put in a magnificent perform...

Full article: http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=152386

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