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First 24 hours of the Rolex Middle Sea – Strait Up!

The 40th Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race has been underway for 24-hours, and the line honours leaders are now exiting the Strait of Messina on their way to Stromboli!

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019 – Day 1

The Swan 42 out of Italy owned by Renzo Grotessi currently leads overall on IRC, followed by the French IRC52 Arobasa2 and the Cookson 50 Kuka 3. More in my update recapping the start, and following the boats through the Strait.

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019: Start recap and day one update!

24 hours down in the Rolex Middle Sea Race and Rambler 88 is through the Strait of Messina! Here is my recap of the start, and the first day of racing, keeping an eye on some of the key players, and of course, the IRC leaderboard. I run through the tracker, on Yellow Brick, and check out some of the updates coming through on the official race channels! Hope you enjoy the update, more coming soon! – NicFull update here: www.nicdouglass.org/first-24-hours-of-the-rolex-middle-sea-strait-upROLEX ~ Visit Malta ~ Royal Malta Yacht Club ~ Royal Ocean Racing Club

Posted by Adventures of a Sailor Girl on Sunday, October 20, 2019

Interview with Richard Schultheis – 14-year-old skipper

It was as busy for the 24 hours in the lead up to the race, as the first 24 hours. I caught up with the youngest sailor in the race, a German sailor who happened to learn in Malta. In case that wasn’t impressive enough, as the youngest sailor, he will also be helming for his first ever offshore race as a co-skipper.

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019: Youth in focus!

With Richard Schultheis – the youngest competitor, who is also skippering the XP44 XP-Act in this year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race (his first offshore race)! 💪🏻🇲🇹⛵️🇩🇪As a sailor who was also given a lot of chances as a youngster, a big shout out to those who support youth being given opportunities in our sport – Nic

Posted by Adventures of a Sailor Girl on Friday, October 18, 2019

Dock walk before the start: Interviews with Black Sheep and Bellino

Also mentioned in my daily recap, before the race started, I took the time to catch up with Black Sheep and Bellino to chat about their expectations for the race, and took a little dock walk around the Royal Malta Yacht Club to show a few of the behind-the-scenes moments in the preparation of a race like the Rolex Middle Sea Race. So on that note, a big thanks to all who worked hard to make the race start happen yesterday, and will continue to work hard over the next few days – and thanks also to Susan Glenny for helping to make this Dock Walk happen!

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019: The Dock Walk!

Live for your Rolex Middle Sea Race dock walk at the Royal Malta Yacht Club 🇲🇹⛵️☺️ Great to catch up with a number of sailors, including Trevor Middleton and Jake Carter from Black Sheep, currently leading the Royal Ocean Racing Club season point score, and Deb Fish from Bellino, the boat that will be pushing Black Sheep all the way to the finish! A big thanks to Susan Glenny from Tigress for cohosting the walk with me – brilliant to get another Sailor Girl's insights on the race ahead! More interviews to come, around the weather and briefing at 1800 hours local time – Nic 🙂

Posted by Adventures of a Sailor Girl on Friday, October 18, 2019

Searching for the best spot for the start! 

And of course all of this preparation led up to my coverage of the start of the race. I had a little adventure trying to get the breakwall which was suggested to me as the best spot to watch the race. It didn’t work out, but I did get to see a part of Malta that many have never visited, including my Bolt driver!!!

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019: Goose Chase!

Random Malta roads searching for the best Rolex Middle Sea Race vantage point 😂🇲🇹❤️ Trust me to do regatta coverage "differently", but hey welcome to a day in the life of 😉 – NicVisit Malta

Posted by Adventures of a Sailor Girl on Saturday, October 19, 2019

Starts of Division 5 & 6

And then there was Rolex! A big thanks to Lionel from Rolex for having me at the Rolex reception at Port Angelo for an amazing view of the final two starts, which you can share with me below. Amazing to see the Grand Harbour in person, even with no wind! Even better to see so many around the Harbour enjoying watching sailing adventures – the best thing I could ask for! Thanks to Rolex for all that they do for sailing around the world!

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019: The Start!

Live for the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race from the ROLEX function… After a few delays we are midway through the starts, division four just started so they just get bigger from here ⛵️😎I haven’t seen the Grand Harbour yet either after a wild goose chase this morning (not the best but hey I have made it)…… – Nic 🇲🇹🙌🏻☺️ Visit Malta

Posted by Adventures of a Sailor Girl on Saturday, October 19, 2019

Standby for my Wizard interview and on board action or take a look back at the adventures from the Official Opening, the Rolex Middle Sea Coastal Race and the Skipper’s Reception.

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