It's That Time of the Year Again

ARTIE out training earlier this week

Some of the crew on last year's winner ARTIE 

Seawolf of Southampton - came 4th in their class in the coastal race on Wednesday. Seawolf is skippered by David Latham of Atlantic Charters and is a regular on the Rolex Middle Sea Race

It's that time of year - the Rolex Middle Sea Race is with us once again. This year it looks like a record number of participants reaching the 90 and over stage. It will be a jam packed harbour tomorrow morning as boats jostle for position around the start line between the customs house and Fort St. Angelo in our lovely Grand Harbour.
As usual, we have top class sailors in this race - America's Cup veterans, Volvo Ocean sailors and many sailors who do the circuit....Fastnet, Sydney-Hobart, Antigua week, Giraglia etc etc.
The big maxi Esimit Europa 2 has also become a regular on the race and arrived just a couple of days ago after establishing a new benchmark time and world record run between Trieste and Valletta - a total of around 700 miles. The time set is 68hrs 42mins 24secs. This still has to be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. You can see an interview on the RMSR site HERE

Kurt Arrigo is official photographer for Rolex on the race. Above pictures were taken by him. You can view more of his great pics on the RMSR website  and also some really terrific photos on his own website HERE