Mas­cal­zone Latino wins 37th Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race

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The Royal Malta Yacht Club an­nounced yes­ter­day that Vin­cenzo Ono­rato's Cook­son 50 Mas­cal­zone Latino is the over­all win­ner of the 37th Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race. Whilst a num­ber of yachts are still rac­ing, none of them have the pos­si­bil­ity of beat­ing Mas­cal­zone Latino's cor­rected time. The Mas­cal­zone Latino team will be awarded the Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race Tro­phy and Rolex time­piece on Satur­day 29 Oc­to­ber at the prize giv­ing cer­e­mony to held at the Mediter­ranean Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in Valletta.

This race crew was a mix of Ital­ians and Bri­tish sailors who have raced all over the world un­der the Mas­cal­zone Latino ban­ner and with great suc­cess. Last year they came ag­o­niz­ingly close to adding the Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race to the hon­our role. In the ab­sence of owner, Vin­cenzo Ono­rato, the boat was skip­pered this year by Mat­teo Savelli. The af­ter­guard in­cluded Adrian Stead, Lorenzo Bres­sani and Branko Brcin. Ian Moore was the nav­i­ga­tor. The sail trim­mers were Leonardo Chiaruigi, Pier­luigi De Felice, Ste­fano Ci­ampalini and An­drea Bal­lico. Daniele Fi­aschi and Da­vide Scarpa shared the bow­man du­ties.

Mat­teo Savelli: “Twelve months ago we cher­ished the pos­si­bil­ity of vic­tory but it was not to be by a nine sec­onds gap. But our be­lief in suc­cess at this event was sim­ply de­layed un­til this year. And now, we can say we couldn’t ex­pect more. Every­thing has worked prop­erly and the job went off with­out a hitch. The crew com­mit­ment was re­mark­able; the only re­gret was the lack of Vin­cenzo Ono­rato on­board."

The 2016 Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race will be marked in the ever growing race leg­end as a tac­ti­cally de­mand­ing one, with huge pres­sure on the tac­ti­cians and nav­i­ga­tors to keep the yachts mov­ing in the face of chang­ing con­di­tions. “It felt like un­fin­ished busi­ness after com­ing so close to win­ning last year,” com­mented Ian Moore, con­tin­u­ing, “but past per­for­mance is no guar­an­tee of fu­ture suc­cess! We knew if we wanted a chance to win this race that we would have to sail re­ally well and get a lit­tle bit lucky with the weather. In the end, our luck held, and the guys sailed re­ally well de­spite tough con­di­tions.”

Vin­cenzo Ono­rato of Mas­cal­zone Latino: “I am re­ally very happy for this vic­tory. We have quite the same crew for many many years. We won to­gether six Worlds ti­tles, I can’t re­mem­ber how many Euro­peans and many of the most im­por­tant ma­jor re­gat­tas in the world. The Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race is the pin­na­cle of off­shore rac­ing in the Med. We were look­ing to win for a long time and fi­nally we have proudly suc­ceeded”.

Mas­cal­zone Latino Photo: Rolex / Kurt Ar­rigo

Mas­cal­zone Latino Photo: Rolex / Kurt Ar­rigo

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