Maserati Multi70 took the lead of the Rolex Middle Sea Race overnight, after a tactical error by Phaedo3, which, after a blistering match race with the Italian trimaran, rounded the island of Linosa rather than Lampedusa as specified in the race rule.
Phaedo3’s skipper Brian Thompson commented: “We’re having a fantastic race with Maserati Multi70. Last night we scored a bit of an own goal but we’ve recovered from that now and we’re heading for the final destination”.
Maserati Multi70 is sailing straight for Malta, making a speed of 17 knots in a 20-knot SE wind. She holds a 30-nautical mile lead over Phaedo3, and is 48.5 nautical miles from the finish-line at Malta where she is expected to arrive in three hours’ time.
The team sailed well and problem-free throughout the night, beating in a good wind and making a slew of unerring tactical choices.