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Wizard, Wild Joe and the waiting game…

Overnight the majority of IRC Division 1 finished the Rolex Middle Sea Race; second home on line honours was Wizard, followed by Wild Joe who had a promising start in the exceptionally light conditions with their slippery RP60 hull shape. Who can forget them crossing Aegir, or lee bowing Rambler 88, who went on to win their 5th consecutive line honours title?

As our attention starts to turn from line honours bringing the overall and IRC winner back into primary focus, it is becoming more clear that the 40th Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race will be a small boat race. IRC Divisions 3, 4 and 5 are pushing back to the top of the leaderboard, with BeWild the Swan42 currently leading IRC Overall and Division 4, with last year’s overall winner Courrier Recommande a JPK1180 in second overall and leading Division 5. Elusive 2 the First 45 is second in Division 4 and third overall, and Prima Vista-Lauria, the winner of the Coastal Race have finished first in Division 3 and are sitting in 4th Overall as the boat to beat on corrected time. 

So the waiting continues, and we will see how it all plays out in the next few hours!

Update direct from the Royal Malta Yacht Club

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019: The waiting game!

As our attention starts to turn from line honours bringing the overall and IRC winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race back into primary focus, it is becoming more clear that the 40th Edition will be a small boat race. IRC Divisions 3, 4 and 5 are pushing back to the top of the leaderboard, with BeWild the Swan42 currently leading IRC Overall and Division 4, with last year's overall winner Courrier Recommande a JPK1180 in second overall and leading Division 5. Elusive 2 the First 45 is second in Division 4 and third overall, and Prima Vista-Lauria, the winner of the Coastal Race have finished first in Division 3 and are sitting in 4th Overall as the boat to beat on corrected time. Hope you enjoy my update direct from the Royal Malta Yacht Club – Nic :)Visit Malta ~ ROLEX

Posted by Adventures of a Sailor Girl on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Catching up with Artie III

The first Maltese boat is now also home – great to chat with Lee Satariano at the end of his 15th Rolex Middle Sea, and Christian Ripard at the end of his 30th (!!!). Unbelievable, and great to see this boat with a focus on youth return safely after it’s first race.

I also spotted Annemieke Bes on the crew, great to catch up with this amazing sailor girl at the end of her first Rolex Middle Sea Race.

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019: Artie III

Live with the first Maltese boat home in the Rolex Middle Sea Race – Artie iii 👊🏻🇲🇹⛵️👌🏻 I spoke with Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard on their 15th and 30th races respectively, their new boat, and Annemieke Bes on her first Rolex Middle Sea and a new team! Enjoy – Nic 🙂

Posted by Adventures of a Sailor Girl on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Catching up with Wizard dockside

I met Wizard Racing on the dock last night to recap their first Rolex Middle Sea Race. The pressure was always going to be on for this team who have had an amazing year, including winning the Carribbean 600, Transatlantic and Rolex Fastnet Race.

I had a chat with Richard Clarke, the co-skipper of Wizard with the Askew’s, while he had a well-earned beer and slice of pizza in hand.

“You can’t win them all” he said. “And we have found our weaknesses… running in 2-4 knots we are definitely off the pace!”  

All of the crew had amazing things to say about Stromboli, which was in full eruption when the team passed in the pitch black, in next to no pressure – so there was time to take in the scenery. 

While the forecast was not ideal for the team, they still set off with a positive spirit as you can see in my interview with Peter Askew and David Askew before the start to preview their race, recap their amazing year and chat about their upcoming program, which will include defending the Carribbean 600, the Tahiti Race, the Rolex Sydney Hobart and the Sydney to Auckland Race in 2021. 

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019: Wizard in focus!

As Wizard Racing are just docking after crossing the finish line in their first Rolex Middle Sea Race, here is my interview with Peter Askew and David Askew before the start to preview their race, recap their amazing year (including wins in the Carribbean 600, Transatlantic and Rolex Fastnet Races) and chat about their upcoming program. I paired this with some onboard footage captured while I was sailing with them in prep for this race, about a week ago! I am on the dock now, and as we all knew, this race was going to be tough with the conditions for a Volvo 70. Richard Clarke the skipper alongside the owners just commented "well we have found our weaknesses… running in 2-4 knots we are definitely off the pace!"Stromboli was apparently also in full explosion mode as they passed – hopefully I get to see some photos! Hope you enjoy, I am going to debrief with the team – probably no interviews but we will see! – Nic :)Visit Malta ~ ROLEXPS – The livestream from onboard for more action is here: www.facebook.com/sailorgirlHQ/videos/3069716566436746/Phil Harmer – Robert Greenhalgh – Chris Maxted – Mark Towill – Will Oxley

Posted by Adventures of a Sailor Girl on Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Live on board Wizard warming up!

Before the 40th Edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race I was lucky enough to go out for a training session on board the Volvo 70 Wizard. Here is the raw and unedited piece from the back of the boat, the cockpit, and down below. Great to get you all up close and personal and behind the scenes with one of the most successful yachts of the year! 

Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019: On board with Wizard

On board with the amazing Wizard Racing leading up to the Rolex Middle Sea Race 🇲🇹⛵️🤙🏻A big thanks to Peter and Dave Askew, and the crew for having me. So much fun to be out on the water off Malta – Nic ☺️Visit Malta ~ ROLEX ~ Royal Ocean Racing Club ~ Royal Malta Yacht Club

Posted by Adventures of a Sailor Girl on Thursday, October 17, 2019

I look forward to meeting more boats on the dock in the next 24 hours, and bringing you live interviews to finish off our story with Richard Schultheis from XP-Act, as well as the major prize winners. 

Earlier reports

Boats stretch their sea legs in the Rolex Middle Sea Coastal Race

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

Rolex Middle Sea Race – In the hot seat!

Rambler 88 take the gun – Will they take the double?

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