22 Oct '16, 4pm

Foilers on test as Rolex Middle Sea Race gets underway #yachting

Foilers on test as Rolex Middle Sea Race gets underway #yachting

The Rolex Middle Sea Race got underway this morning, with 107 yachts setting out from Valetta’s impressive harbour in a light easterly on their first reaching leg towards Capo Passero on the southern tip of Sicily. Although initial forecasts were that the 2016 race will not be a particularly fast year, just four hours after the start the MOD70 Maserati were showing boat speeds of 30 knots on the race tracker as they approached Sicily, with Rambler 88 first of the monohulls sailing at around 19 knots. Getting through the wind shadow of Mount Etna before nightfall can give the big boats a major advantage in the overall standings, as they are able to carry the sea breeze past Sicily before reaching the tidally tricky Messini Straits. The start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race ©Rolex/Kurt Arrigo The existing race record was set by Rambler 90 in 2007 of just under 48 hours, in what...

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