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4 November 2001, 09:16 am
Strong Winds Force Boats To Seek Shelter
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Middle Sea Race

With wind gusting 42 knots reported, Maltese Falcon (MLT), Primavera (AUT), Wet Blue (MLT) and Durlindana (ITA) were this morning sheletering in Syracuse harbour.
Into Day 2 of the Middle Sea Race, one of the leading offshore races in the Mediterreane, the those sheltering from the wind hope for an improvement in conditions before continuing the race.

Durlindana reported electrical and mainsail problems but intend to continue the race if they manage to repair these faults. Victoria Moody retired to Porto Palo with mainsail problems.

The Middle Sea Race takes part in the deep azure waters of the Mediterranean. The boats are fairly divided into classes and divisions of different designs and ratings and they compete for many highly coveted trophies. There is also a class for the traditional classic hulls.

The race is held over a six hundred and twenty mile course starting from Malta, sailing northwards to the Straits of Messina, further north around the island volcano of Stromboli, then westwards between two of the Egadi Islands, southwards for Pantelleria and Lampedusa and finally eastwards to Malta.

The first three boats are currently:

1. MR FIPPS (POR) - Patrick Merse
2. STRAIT DEALER (FRA) - Chris Ripard
3. PRIMADONNA (GBR) - Chris Bull

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