This time next week we will be in the thick of the 2014 edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race.
Each year the number of registered boats keeps rising and the calibre of sailors keeps getting better and better (if it can get much better that is!). No doubt by this time next week the first of the big boats will either be in or very close to arriving back home across the finishing line.
The long term forecast is showing very light wind conditions. We hope it will not be a repeat of last year which saw the majority of the fleet totally becalmed after rounding Stromboli. The race is always full of surprises, so we just wait and see.
Below are some pics from last year's start. Remember to click on them to see the large version of the photo.