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October 2016


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It was a long wait for the official results of the 37th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race but finally Mascalzone Latino and Cippa Lippa 8 triumphed. They both have Millenium Monolithic sails, the world’s only patent that enables to build sails in one piece with spread fibers technology

Malta, October 27, 2016. The Middle Sea Race of the two Italian Cookson 50, Mascalzone Latino owned by Vincenzo Onorato e Cippa Lippa 8 owned by Guido Paolo Gamucci, was amazing as predicted. Mascalzone Latino wins the race, taking revenge on the second place (for only 9 seconds) of last year, while Cippa Lippa 8 is second in IRC overall and first in ORC overall.
Among the others sailing boats with Millenium sails Scricca and Lunz Am Meer gain a good position.
Scricca is third in IRC Class 6 and second in ORC Class 6, while Lunz Am Meer is second in ORC Class 3.

The boys of Mascalzone Latino finished the race after 3 days, 3 hours, 8 minutes and 3 seconds, crossing the finish line as 5th. This is a great time, considering the light wind and the fact that they had a great advantage over the other boats.

“It was a beautiful race” commented Marco Savelli, which is coach and responsible of the sails’ program of Mascalzone Latino and sails’ performance specialist and Monolithic project manager at the Millenium Technology Center, “we are really pleased with the speed of the boat and with how the team worked. We changed the sails about twenty times to take advantage of the wind changing conditions, without any hitches. The Millenium Monolithic genoa medium was used with more than 25 knots.”

The IRC fleet had 94 participants and Mascalzone Latino beat also longer boats in real time, for example the Botin 65 “Caro” owned by Maximilian Klink. Mascalzone Latino finished two days ago, but it was necessary to wait that Artie and Foggy Dew crossed the finish line yesterday afternoon to announce the victory.

The team
This race crew is a mix of Italians and British sailors who have raced all over the world under the Mascalzone Latino banner and with great success. In the absence of owner, Vincenzo Onorato, the boat was skippered this year by Matteo Savelli. The afterguard includes Marco and Matteo Savelli, Adrian Stead, Lorenzo Bressani, Branko Brcin and Ian Moore. The other members of the crew are Leonardo Chiarugi, Andrea Ballico, Pierluigi De Felice, Daniele Fiaschi, Stefano Ciampalini and Davide Scarpa.

After a successful season (for example the 151 Miglia race and the Tre Golfi race), the Cookson 50 owned by Guido Paolo Gamucci wins the ORC overall category and is second in IRC overall. Matteo Holm, sails’ performance specialist at the Millenium Technology Center on board Cippa Lippa 8 commented:

“It was a tricky Rolex Middle Sea Race. The first part of the race was really difficult and we changed the sails many times, using all the sails’ full set. In the second part, we sailed close to the wind with 25 knots and we used Millenium Monolithic mainsail and jib, sailing really fast. I am impressed with Monolithic, which proved to be a fast and reliable product. We are really happy about the result, which comes at the end of an amazing season!”

The team
Guido Paolo Gamucci (owner), Francesco Diddi (skipper), Matteo Holm, Roberto Spata, Andrea Caracci, Carlo Simoncelli, Massimo Segnini, Andrea Venezian, Giuseppe Incatasciato, Lorenzo Garosi, Gian Grasso, Davide Rosa and Nicola Stedile.

Monohull Line Honours to Rambler 88 owned by George David (2 days, 14 hours, 3 minutes and 26 seconds) while the Multihull Line Honours goes to Maserati owned by Giovanni Soldini, which beats Phaedo3 owned by Lloyd Thornburg. In fact, because of a navigation error Phaedo3 rounded Linosa island instead of Lampedusa. Maserati also set a new record for Multihull category (the previous was set by Phaedo3), finishing the race in 2 days, 1 hour, 25 minutes and 1 second.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race was an important testbed also for the Millenium Technology Center, which confirms the high performance of Millenium Monolithic.
The staff of the Technology Center congratulates and thanks the owners and the crews for the outstanding results.

Ph. Rolex/Kurt Arrigo

37th Edition of Rolex Middle Sea Race: the boats with Millenium sails

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October 21, 2016, Malta. The great show of the 2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race will starting tomorrow at 11 am at La Valletta Harbour, with a fleet of 112 entrants. The Rolex Middle Sea Race is organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club and it is one of the most beautiful and challenging regattas of the Mediterranean. With its 609 nautical mile, it is also the longest boat race in the Mediterranean, in a unique and extraordinaire landscape.

The best of the offshore sailing boats is in Malta: 112 yachts (the record was 122 in 2014), representing 25 Countries. The Italian fleet is the biggest, with 26 sailing boats, followed by Russia and Great Britain. Among the Italian fleet, an amazing duel will be the one between the two Cookson 50, which are Cippa Lippa 8 owned by Guido Paolo Gamucci and Mascalzone Latino owned by Vincenzo Onorato. Both the yachts have Millenium sails and they will sail for the IRC Overall victory. Below there are the details of the boats with Millenium sails:

CIPPA LIPPA 8 (Sail No.: ITA-4888), Cookson 50 owned by Guido Paolo Gamucci – Classes: IRC Class 1, ORC  Class 2 (Millenium full inventory)

JUNOPLANO (Sail No.: ITA 13499), Open 60 owned by Michele Pennelli – Classes: ORC Class 2 (Millenium full  inventory)

LUNZ AM MEER (Sail No.: AUT2895), Swan 651 owned by Marietta Strasoldo – Classes: IRC Class 4, ORC Class 3  (Millenium full inventory)

MASCALZONE LATINO (Sail No.: ITA 14909), Cookson 50 owned by Vincenzo Onorato – Classes: IRC Class 2,  ORC Class 2 (Millenium full inventory)

ROSALBA (Sail No.: GBR10), Imoca 60 owned by Riccardo Pavoncelli – Classes: IRC Class 1, Imoca 60 (Millenium  partial inventory)

SCIARA Aeronautica Militare (Sail No.: ITA 4741), First 44.7 owned by Filippo Massimo Lancellotti – Classes:  IRC Class 5, Double Handed IRC (Millenium full inventory)

SCRICCA (Sail No.: ITA31041), Comet 38S owned by Leonardo Servi – Classes: IRC Class 6, ORC Class 6  (Millenium full inventory)

Starting from Grand Harbour, boats will sail a course leaving to port the Island of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands (including Strombolicchio), the Egadi Islands (except Marettimo Island), Pantelleria and Lampedusa Islands, through the South Comino Channel, keeping Malta to starboard, to the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour.

The weather conditions might facilitate a new record, established by the Maxi “Rambler” owned by George David in 2007, which is 1day, 23hours, 55mins 3secs. In fact, the wind from South-East will be around 21 knots with peaks of 26 knots. “Rambler” is still the favourite for the Line Honour, established also last year.

For further information: Rolex Middle Sea Race