UNICA - Gearing up for a Double Handed Race

Just a couple more days to go until the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race and last minute fine tuning is the order of the day down at the Yacht Club and around the various marinas where the 117 participating yachts are berthed.
Malta has several boats taking part, among them is UNICA - a 42 foot Solaris. Usually racing with a 9 member crew, this year skipper Jamie Sammut and John Cachia will be taking on the challenge of doing it double handed. Needless to say the yacht has to be geared up and adapted in a totally different way to being fully crewed and Jamie and John have been working hard fitting out and fine tuning the boat to enable them to be able to sail as efficiently as possible as a two man team.
Jamie and John have been sailing together on a regular basis for the past three years. They won the last Raymarine double handed race around Malta and Gozo and have covered thousands of sea miles together in various parts of the Med. Their most recent accomplishment, with a nearly full compliment of crew, was back in June when they won the Solaris Cup in Sardinia - an event they plan to go back to next year to defend their title.

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