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