On Saturday, 20th October, a record number of 83 entrants from 19 countries set their sails for the 606 nautical mile long course at the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Crystal clear skies accompanied the fleet on its way with encouraging 12 knots of breeze while departing Grand Harbour in Valletta, these conditions were promising an exciting race. But worst fears, forecasted by navigators, came true when the fleet headed towards the Strait of Messina. Wind dropped down, leaving the fleet in extremely light winds, even occasional dead calms. The Esimit Sailing Team struggled with these conditions, but still working hard to reach the Strait of Messina as soon as possible and catch some breeze there. They finally made it, after 24 hours of sailing, and for a short period sailed on with encouraging 10 – 15 knots, but the breeze faded again when they neared the active volcano Stromboli and left the cards open for competing boats. The night from Sunday to Monday was again marked by light winds, however the Esimit Sailing Team, skippered by Jochen Schümann, kept the spirits high and increased the distance to the nearest competitors.
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