ARTIE trying to make the most of the light winds and lumpy seas on the way to the finish
ARTIE sailing down the coast heading for the finish
Lee and Christian - skippers of Artie coming towards the finish line
In a total daze and still cannot believe that our lovely lads actually made it to first place overall, first in class and first Maltese boat in after completing quite a gruelling Rolex Middle Sea Race. I had really thought there was no chance, and only on arriving down at the yacht club to see them in over the finish line did I realise they were still in for a chance. There was a lovely atmosphere down at the club's waterfront as the tension gradually built up the closer we got to the time limit for the arrival of AOC ROCKALL. Once that time limit had passed and ROCKALL was still nowhere to be seen there were shouts of joy, congratulations, bottle corks popping celebrating a Maltese victory - and what a victory! A very 'proud mum' moment for me seeing my son (bowman) part of such a great team.
ROCKALL were, for them, the boat to beat throughout the race and really kept them on their toes throughout. It was a very nice sight to see the ARTIE team go down to greet the ROCKALL crew as they came in. Good sportsmenship all round.
Having said all that I have to compliment the rest of our Maltese teams who all did exceptionally well. As I type, in the first seven overall positions five of the boats are Maltese boats. This must be a record for Malta to have so many local boats in the first few placings. JARU did really well since they only decided to compete in the race a couple of days before !
Well done all!
All photos taken from RMSR website