Volcano Race set off, Esimit Europa 2 battling against itself

mime-attachment-2The 2015 Volcano Race, organized by the IMA, International Maxi Association together with the Gaeta Yacht Club E.V.S and Gaeta’s Flavio Gioia Nautical Base, got into full swing with the starting signal for the offshore race: the nine Maxi yachts competing from Gaeta to the Aeolian Islands, north of Sicily, and back to Gaeta. From Gaeta, the boats will set sail and point their bows south to the beautiful Aeolian archipelago, with its wild volcanic islands-hence the name of the regatta. Alicudi, Filicudi, Stromboli and Strombolicchio will be some of the “natural buoys” the maxi fleet will have to circumnavigate before heading back to Gaeta to cut the finish line. The record to beat – The record to beat for “Line Honors” (for the first boat to cross the finish line in real time) is the one won last year by the Slovenian maxi “Esimit Europa 2,” which covered the same course in 27 hours, 16 minutes and 44 seconds in 2014.

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Among the Maxi entries, in addition to “Esimit Europa 2“, a favorite for Line Honors with its very long palmarés of victories (it fields Olympic champion Jochen Schuemann on board), and which returns to defend and if possible lower last year’s record, recall the Italian boats “Great Horace,” “Good Job Guys,” and “Shirlaf.”, the latter with the Neapolitan Paolo Cian on board; the Hungarians of “Wild Joe” and the Dutch of “OZ”. Running under the Gaeta Yacht Club banner is the Mylius 60 “Fra Diavolo” owned by the president of the host yacht club, Vincenzo Addessi. The Felci 61 “Almabrada” has just joined the fleet. The Gaeta Guardia di Finanza Nautical School also decided to participate with its own boat and a team of young sailors.

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