Rolex Middle Sea Race Update

MLT147 Lazy Duck - Pic:Bunty

A quick update from this morning. The latest I have seen on the tracker the leaders may have found just a fraction more wind the further south they have come. ALEGRE is still leading with MONEYPENNY hot on her heels as they approach Lampedusa - the last island to round before they head back home to Malta. ROSEBUD is approaching Pantelleria but the rest of the fleet are still far behind. The leaders of the main bunch are still on the western tip of Sicily and the fleet spreads right across the North of Sicily.

From what I have read it seems Moneypenny is leading on corrected time. I can foresee a repeat of a couple of years ago when some of the yachts retired since they could not make it back within the time limit and so they went into harbour in Pantelleria to have a good meal (and booze up no doubt!) since they were running out of food and water.

LAZY DUCK (seen in pic above) is owned and skippered by John Ripard JR. She is a Swan 47 and was built in 1978 - so quite an old boat. She has seen alot of mileage over the years all over the world. Most of John's crew are made up of family members who are all prominent sailors on the local scene.

On my update tomorrow I expect the first boats will have arrived back in harbour.