Simple Course, Complex Race
26 October 2015
The Rolex Middle Sea Race has a simple course, yet it is an incredibly complex race that appeals to professional and Corinthian sailors alike. The combination of a myriad land features, with varied winds and sea states creates one of the most complex puzzles for navigators. For a team to perform to the best of their ability requires extensive preparation and precise execution. Preparation is fundamental, yet the ability to interpret the changing conditions while racing and adapt accordingly ultimately delivers success. The 36 edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race started on the 17th October, featuring a fleet of 111 yachts, from 22 nations with yachts ranging from 9 to 25 metres in length. There is no race with a more dramatic start under cannon fire from the bastions of Grand Harbour, as the fleet set off on a great adventure. The first to return were the Americans. Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD 70 trimaran Phaedo3 christened the finish line just after midnight on...
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