The sun has just set on day one of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, and we are all happy to be out here on the water again. The boat is still moving along, although only at three knots. Hopefully we can maintain this, but I fear the wind is going to drop out completely and we could find ourselves parked up for some time.
The start in Malta this morning was fantastic, with the old Historic buildings all around and so many boats and spectators. It is something I will remember for a long time. We quickly made it out to sea, considering the lack of wind, and did our best to find some clear lanes of breeze. Considering we are rated the second slowest boat in the race, we put a lot of faster boats behind us.
Cocktail hour this evening was interrupted by a wind shift, so we had to drink up quickly and peel the jib to a kite. No sooner had we done this, the wind shifted back and we are set back to how we had been before.
It’s going to be a long night in these conditions, but we normally do well when it’s like this. Fingers crossed.
– Ben Galloway