Photo Credit: Stefan Debattista
The Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of those bucket list races every serious off shore racer wants to have sailed. This October, Peter Grueterich with his just acquired X-Yachts XP44, fittingly named Xpatriate, is doing just that with 9 more sailors. 8 of the crew are RYC members. Eric and Maggie Deichmann, Jim and Cynthia Dow, John Dunne, Eric Eichmann, Peter Grueterich and Richard Walker will be at the starting line in historic Malta on October 21st. From there competitors will be rounding Sicily and it’s outer Islands on a 600nm course ending back in Malta. Peter bought the boat earlier this year in Mamaris, Turkey where he started a wonderful journey with family and friends along the Turkish coast and the Aegean Islands to Athens, then through the epic Corinth Canal and the Corinth Gulf to the Ionian Islands and finally crossing from there to Malta. “I would not want to miss this for the world and am so
We are close to island Lampedusa, wind around 8 knots. We are looking forward to Malta
Onboard photos from Mascalzone Latino on their last day of racing!
Professional Volvo Ocean Race sailor Stu Bannatyne, skipper Oliver Cotterell and crew Kees Postma give a behind the scenes insight into the crew’s thoughts prior to the Rolex Middle Sea race start, and whether they’ll be able to use their ultimate weapon, their DSS foils!
We are now close to the coast of Palermo, with no wind Heading to Capo San Vito, maybe better to say, stuck for this moment.
Last night and day was great sailing, especially in the night when the wind blew around 20 knots and Giulia was fast, speed od boat around 11 knots with genaker.
Fingers cross to all of the crews in this race!