News Rolex Middle Sea Race: Rambler 88 wins monohull Line Honours

Rolex Middle Sea Race: Rambler 88 wins monohull Line Honours

Malta, October 22 2019

Geroge David ' Rambler 88 crossed the finish line of the 40th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race at 08:13:00 CEST on Tuesday, 22 October, completing the 606nm course in a time of 2 days 19 hours 43minutes.

Rambler Crew: George David, Brad Butterworth, Andrea Visintini, Rodney Ardern, Will McCarthy, Dean Phipps, Stuart Wilson, Mark Newbrook, Jan Dekker, Brian Giorgio, Scott Beavis, Simon Daubney, Peter van Niekerk, Joca Signorini, Curtis Blewett, Antonio Cuervas Mons, Jerry Kirby, Anthony Nossiter.

A full report will be issued later today.

How to follow the 40th Rolex Middle Sea Race:

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About the Race: The Rolex Middle Sea Race was established as the result of sporting rivalry between great friends, Jimmy White and Alan Green, two Englishmen residing in Malta, together with Paul and John Ripard, two Maltese members of the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Jimmy, Alan (later to become the Race Director of the Royal Ocean Racing Club), Paul and John would eventually map a course designed to offer an exciting race in different conditions to those prevailing in the immediate Maltese coastal waters. The course, essentially a clockwise circumnavigation of Sicily starting and finishing in Malta, would be slightly longer than the RORC's longest race, the Rolex Fastnet. The resulting course is the same as used today, although sailed in the reverse direction.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race course record has been broken on five occasions since the inaugural edition in 1968. The current record of 47 hours 55 minutes was established in 2007 by George David and his, then, 90-foot Rambler.

Event Calendar:
Tuesday, 15 October Media Briefing (RMYC)
Wednesday , 16 October Coastal Race
Thursday,17 October Crew Party (Xara Lodge) - by invitation
Friday, 18 October Q&A Session with key RMSR Personalities
Skippers’ Briefing (Excelsior Hotel)
Skippers’ Reception
Saturday, 19 October Start (Grand Harbour, Valletta)
RMYC Hospitality (Lower Barrakka Gardens)- by invitation
Saturday, 26 October Prize Giving (Mediterranean Conference Centre)

About the Royal Malta Yacht Club: Founded in 1835, it is the only yacht club in Malta and instigated the formation of the Malta Sailing Federation. The RMYC has a deep commitment to yachting and organises a full programme of racing and social activities throughout the year. Located right on the water in Ta’ Xbiex the club facilities include a lounge bar, dining area with outdoor terraces, roof top terrace, conference rooms, a fitness room with changing rooms, waterfront facilities for small boats and a seasonal marina for larger boats. The club is run by a committee elected by the full members of the club. Members vary in age and profession, sharing a common passion for yachting and the social life generated around the club.

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