The Scirocco started blowing hard in the Sicilian Channel, with gusts already over 25 knots overnight. George David’s maxi 100 Rambler 88 is on her way to a new Rolex Middle Sea Race line honors win, a repeat of her 2017 and 2018 wins. Behind him, however, it is an open fight.
Good news from the IRC provisional overall ranking comes from the Italian boats. As it passes Favignana, Renzo Grottesi’s Club Swan 42 BeWild is given the lead, followed by theIce 52 Prima Vista Lauria skippered by Gabriele Bruni and also with Pietro D’Alì on board; provisional third place for the Mylius 15e25 Corum. The next few hours are decisive at this point, with the smaller fleet being slowed by the strong upwind with Scirocco. The Rolex Middle Sea Race of the Italians in the lead is all played out between Favignana and Lampedusa, after the tack the route to Malta will in fact be upwind-crossing, in a much faster gait than the oblique one they are leading in these hours.