''NEAR MISS'' winner of the 2012 Giraglia Photo courtesy of Kurt Arrigo for Rolex from www.regattanews.com
''Near Miss'' a TP 52, helmed by Karol Jablonski an America's Cup sailor, was declared winner of the 2012 Rolex Giraglia race. They sailed superbly throughout the whole week and showed they are a very impressive team not to be taken lightly.
It was definitley a big boat race this year with ''Esimit'' knocking off 3hours from the old record. Quite an achievement!
The 40 knot winds caused alot of boats to retire - especially the smaller sized ones. Infact there were over 50 retirements from the fleet of 170 boats.
Praise has to be given to ARTIE RTFX who made it in excellent time for just a 40 footer and the other Maltese crew aboard OTRA VEZ came in 2 places behind. Their final positions were 32nd and 34th from the 170 strong fleet.
The ARTIE crew all agreed it was a tremendously exciting and challenging race and feel satisfied at being at the front of the small boats to make it across the finishing line.
Next stop for ARTIE? The Rolex Middle Sea Race where they will be the defending crew.