October 15, 2009
Legally Brunette, the X-41 owned by Dubliners Cathal Drohan and Paul Egan is the sole Irish entry in the 77 boat Rolex Middle Sea Race which starts at noon on Saturday from Grand Harbour in Malta. The race is hosted by Royal Malta Yacht Club.
Starting from Grand Harbour, the boats will sail a course leaving to port the Island of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands (including Strombolicchio), the Egadi Islands (except Marettimo Island), Pantelleria and Lampedusa Islands, through the South Comino Channel, keeping Malta to starboard, to the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour. The Islands of Ustica, Linosa and Lampione are not marks of the course. The length of the course is approximately 606 nautical miles. The Course Record, established by “Rambler” in 2007, is 1day, 23hours, 55mins 3secs.
The Brunette was a tad overpowered at the start of this year’s Dublin to Dingle Race but went on to win the event under IRC.
Also racing is Barry Hurley, of Dinah and OSTAR 2009 fame, who was asked to helm Italian entry Aziza, a Grand Soleil 40.
We’ll be following the Race Tracker.
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