Last night the front of the fleet rounded the impressive volcanic island of Stromboli. Winds have been light and some boats have taken a tactical decision to sail up further north in search of a better breeze. Whether that will have paid off or not still remains to be seen.
ARTIE has rounded Stromboli too, but it's present closest rivals have closed the gap. The reputation of this race as a closely contended event is proving to be very true. ARTIE was leading overall once they passed the Messina mark but now they have rounded Stromboli positons have changed. SPEEDY is now leading overall with ARTIE in second place.
Below are some pictures of ARTIE's close rivals.
Photo of ARTIE RTFX is a Rolex photo taken off www.regattanews.com
Above is COMANCHE RAIDER also a Rolex photo
Timmy Camilleri (sitting) onboard X-yacht XP-ACT Banks Sails Racing
Photo taken by me prior to the race start
TRUSTMARQUE QUOKKA photo taken by me prior to race start. This boat has apparently had a very good racing season this year and is definitley on of the ones to watch closely
SPEEDY who is leading overall as I type. Photo taken from the RMSR website.