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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013

Is on, with a lousy video coverage. This race deserved better. It is a great race with many great boats racing.

This is the race track:

One of the Start (1):

and the list of racers:

Rolex Middle Sea Race

Lots of fast cruising boats racing among racing boats.

Regarding performance cruisers are doing well: there is a two J122, a Salona 41, a Grand Soleil 43, a Elan 410, several First 40, a Solaris 42. It would be nice to see how these boats and many other performance cruisers perform in real time on the Med conditions (there are also a Comet 41s a Azuree 40 and a A 40 racing).

Among those on the Messina straight the two j122 are leading on compensated time and real time, followed by the Salona in compensated time. No cruising Pogos racing (that should be very interesting) only racing Class 40, that are way faster than the cruising versions but even if the first of them is way ahead the other two are slower than the two J122 (in real time) and also slower than the Salona 41, one of them slower than the Comet 41s (all in real time).

It seems that these type of very powerful beamy hulls are not the most indicated for the choppy waters of the med neither for upwind sailing not even on more typical upwind ocean conditions such as you can find on the Sydney-Hobart.

Transats and trade winds are what they are made for and where they are unbeatable by similar sized boats.

The Azuree 40, with a good crew (the boat makes a lot of high level racing), the only performance cruiser clearly based on the 40class racers is way slower than any of the mentioned 40ft performance cruisers. The Azuree is similar in the hull design to a Pogo 12.50 but not as fast (more heavy and with a nicer cruising interior).

the race tracker:

Rolex Middle Sea Race

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