Late in the evening on Monday, the trimaran Maserati Giovanni Soldini was the first to cross the finish line at the Royal Malta Yacht Club, with the course time of 2 days 11 hours 54 minutes and 58 seconds. Three hours later there, in Grand harbour, finished Maxi yacht Rambler, George David, becoming the first among the monohull boats. However, the race record, set in 2007, they never broke.
I must say that the leaders finished quite in time, because at night, the fleet race covered storm front with strong gusts of the Northwest wind. The speed boats increased to double digits. Most of them at this moment approached the Western part of Sicily. The consequences are not forced himself to expect – from the two top boats from the IRC 2 division was forced to withdraw because of breakdowns.
However, this weather seemed extreme. In the IRC division 6 leading riders staged a match race in the class JPK 10.80 s, and the result Rossko Timothy Zbankova for a few minutes, bypassed the nearest rival of Gerard Louis on Solenn from control marks on the island of Favignana. The competition they made up and “hero” Igor Rytov, which in this race is paired crew. He now maintains a leading position in their group, ahead of his pursuers for 13 miles.
At 0800 UTC 23 October 130 started got to the finish 5 boats, 107 still in the race. 18 yachts were forced to go for various reasons. Here they are: R-Six, Wild Joe, Allegra, OM-BCTG, Otra Vez, Black Pearl, Teasing Machine, Frogfoot, Katzu, Amapoula, Plis Play, Kings Legend, Unica, Swiss Nautic III, Phoenix, Tango, Preferisco, the Jangada.