Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013 - The Start

This morning saw the start of the 2013 edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. 
This year I was fortunate enough to be able to get really close to the action on a RIB so it was really exciting. The weather was perfect and wind was a south easterly direction - light to moderate which made it ideal for spectators on boats to be able to be part of it all. Below are just a couple of the 900 odd pics I took - I found out it is not so easy keeping a steady hand on a moving RIB!

As I type the last of the fleet has just passed Capo Passero so they are doing pretty well time wise. The leader, MORNING GLORY, is heading for the Straits of Messina with a present boat speed of 11.9knots, and should be sailing through them some time tonight.

ARTIE, the favourite Maltese yacht which won the 2011 edition of the race, is about a third of the way up the East coast of Sicily - as are the majority of the fleet. Their boat speed right now is 8.4knots -  so they must have a pleasant breeze up there which is a big improvement from last year's windless race at this point.