First Boats in. Rolex Middle Sea Race 2015

It has been a slow race so far, but there have been slower races. As I type two boats have already crossed the finishing line. Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD 70, PHAEDO3, co-skippered by Brian Thompson, took the multihull line honours. They took 2 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes and 41 seconds to complete the 609 mile course.
A few hours later the first mono hull, RAMBLER, crossed the line in 2 days, 16 hours, 18 minutes and 43 seconds. RAMBLER holds the course record which was broken back in 2007.

The majority of the fleet are slowly making their way across from Stromboli towards the next check point of Favignana. Hot favourite, ARTIE, has been the leading the fleet in the overall tables past Stromboli, but the gap has closed as winds got lighter and the fleet behind caught up. Last night the Maltese boats were said to have been just 2 miles away from each other. UNICA has quietly been inching its way up the  line and gained a few places. 
There are always two races going on at the same time during the RMSR. The race for overall position and the race for the first Maltese boat in.

Pic below was taken by UNICA crew member Nicky Sammut

Pics below taken by Carlo Borlenghi for RMSR