Just before 0100 CEST on Tuesday, 24 October, Igor Simcic's Esimit Europa 2 crossed the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour in Malta to claim the line honours win at the 2011 Rolex Middle Sea Race.
The Slovenian boat finished at 00 hours, 54 minutes, 35 seconds completing the course in an elapsed time of 61 hours, 24 minutes and 35 seconds.
Dockside at the Royal Malta Yacht Club, owner and project manager Igor Simcic was presented with a Rolex Yacht-Master timepiece by Malcolm Lowell Jr. from Edwards' Lowell, as well as the R.L.R. Line Honours Trophy by Royal Malta Yacht Club Commodore, Georges Bonello DuPuis.
In 2010, Esimit Europa 2
was also the line honours winner, with an elapsed time of 54 hours, 52 minutes, 32 seconds.
As Esimit Europa 2
crossed the line in Malta, the nearest yacht, Rán (
GBR), was approximately 90 nautical miles behind, and was expected at the finish in Malta Tuesday afternoon.