Oct. 20. Rambler 88, George David’s maxi, won the Rolex Middle Sea Race in real time by crossing the finish line in front of the Royal Malta Yacht Club after 2 days, 16 hours, 18 minutes and 43 seconds at 4:48 a.m. today. A time very far from the record of the race, held by David himself ( in fact, in 2007 aboard the 90′ Rambler he took 47 hours, 55 minutes and 3 seconds to complete the course, a record that is still unbeaten – for now the old Rambler is the only boat to have finished the race in less than two days): then again, the 36th edition of the Middle Sea was characterized by weak winds.
Rachel Jaspersen and Lloyd Thornburg’s MOD70 Phaedo3 was the first boat to arrive at midnight forty-five minutes (2 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes and 41 seconds), and Peter Aschenbrenner’s Irens 63 Paradox will also cross the finish line shortly. Just behind, off the coast of Lampedusa, Jan-Henrik Kisteit’s Maxi 72 Momo and at SFS, Lionel Pean’s VOR70.
THE RAMBLER 88
George David’s boat, launched as a replacement for the glorious Rambler 100 in December 2013 at New England Boatworks in Rhode Island, is designed by Argentine architect Juan Kouyoumdjian: 88 feet long, it features a hull with “powerful” shapes with the edges, characteristic of Kouyoumdian’s designs, running throughout the boat, very pronounced. The keel is canting, and the positioning of the two daggerboards, very close to the centerline of the boat, is interesting. The absence of coffee grinders on board shows how it is an automated boat to the max.