Perfect runs are tough to achieve in any sport, but one sailing crew and their trusty yacht have just managed to do just that… over the course of half a decade, no less.
George David’s American Maxi Rambler is the first to cross the line of the 40th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019, taking Monohull Line Honours for the fifth consecutive year.
Crossing the line this morning 8:13 CEST, Rambler completed the 606-nautical mile in a time of two days, 19 hours and 43 minutes, with celebrations erupting in Cottonera as the yacht arrived in Malta.
Rambler has had an amazing run of races around the island
Back in 2007, the yacht set a new course record of just one day, 23 hours, 55 minutes and three seconds.
Fast-forward a whole decade, and the American Maxi took Monohull Line Honours in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Led by George David, Rambler‘s crew this year included Brad Butterworth, Andrea Visintini, Rodney Ardern, Will McCarthy, Dean Phipps, Stuart Wilson, Mark Newbrook, Jan Dekker, Brian Giorgio, Scott Beavis, Simon Daubney, Peter van Niekerk, Joca Signorini, Curtis Blewett, Antonio Cuervas Mons, Jerry Kirby and Anthony Nossiter.
The overall winner based on each category are yet to be decided, with time handicaps for the last two days of sailing still be calculated.
Meanwhile, Lee Satariano’s ARTIE III with skipper Christian Ripard is currently leading the Maltese pack
Currently returning to the islands, Artie III is approaching the island of Pantelleria.
Having won the race in 2011 and 2014, the team has set high expectations for themselves this year, entering the competition with a much more demanding yacht and aiming to still place in a top position in their Class.