Day 3 into Day 4 - 2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race

The past 36 hours have brought quite a change and jostling for position. The leg from Stromboli to Favignana always proves to be an interesting one. Leading boat at Stromboli, ARTIE, kept their lead but lost ground before Palermo with other members of the fleet closing in. OTRA VEZ had a good leg up until Palermo then lost a bit while SEAWOLF (an RMSR regular) also gained as did FOGGY DEW - one of the small boats in the fleet but proving to be very fast and stiff competition.
The Maltese boats had all been up in the first 20 of the fleet up until this point then there was quite a big change in results once they rounded Favignana and went in to a head on wind towards Pantalleria. Throughout the race Class 2 boat MASCALZONE LATINO has also been one of the front runners at each checkpoint and is one of the favourites to win.

Malta's UNICA - double handed and leading double hander so far - had a good run most of the way towards the west of Sicily but seemed to have got stuck in a wind hole. They took a while to round the Favignana checkpoint and lost quite a few places in the overall ranking whilst still keeping their double handed lead. Unfortunately, a few miles south of Favinana OTRA VEZ had to retire and head for land. 

At this fourth checkpoint there has been a change in the standing tables with FOGGY DEW taking the lead and ARTIE down to the 3rd place overall. The other Maltese boats also dropped places but ELUSIVE gained two placecs.  XP-ACT, who has had a pretty good race so far, also lost a few places here.

Next checkpoint - Pantalleria. As I write MASCALZONE LATINO is at the top of the leader board with FOGGY DEW in second place followed by ARTIE.  ELUSIVE and XPACT are standing at 9th and 12th but positions may change as more round this mark.
The wind has been in the 20 knot region on this beat up to Pantalleria but is now slowing down and lighter winds have been forecast for the remainder of the race. Positions are still changing though the first three placings will probably stay as they are.

Below some more pictures from the start of the race.

Class 1 start - Pic Bunty Cachia

Class 1 start - Pic Bunty Cachia

Xpedite -  Pic Bunty Cachia

Mascalzone Latino - Pic Bunty Cachia

Otra Vez on start line - Pic Bunty Cachia

Artie - Pic Paul Ellul

Unica - Pic Paul Ellul

XPact - Pic Paul Ellul

Class 6 start with Seawolf,  Foggy Dew and 2Hard - Pic Bunty Cachia


Anonymous said…
Beautiful pictures!