New Heroes embellish the Legend
28 October 2017
2017 ROLEX MIDDLE SEA RACE | WRAP-UP An old adage in yacht racing dictates that to win a race, you first need to finish. A strenuous 38th edition of Rolex Middle Sea Race, held from 21-28 October, proved an emphatic case study. Of the 104 starters only 35 crossed the finish line off Valletta, Malta having successfully conquered the 606-nautical mile race’s challenging and diverse weather conditions. Offshore racing can be cruel in nature, exposing the merest flaw in preparation, planning or execution. Equally it can reward those able to surmount the challenges posed by the wind and sea, and master the complexities of a race which offers scarce, seldom respite. Among the yachts to display these qualities were the race’s two standout success stories. The 38th Rolex Middle Sea Race, organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, was won overall by Bogatyr, a Russian-crewed JPK 10.80 and one of the smallest boats in the fleet. Ten years on from claiming...
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