Maserati, the Italian 70ft trimaran was the first to arrive beating the American 70ft Phaedo3 that leaded all the race. A stupid mistake regarding navigation took the victory away fro, Phaedo3. They took the small Island of Linosa for Lampedusa and instead of passing out of Lampedusa passed out of Linosa. When they found out the mistake they turned away and made the correct route, but too late, Maserati had overtook them and maintained the lead till the finish line.
Later I found out that Maserati had done all race handicapped and not on the configuration that we can see on the video above due to an accident that broke one of the foiling rudders. They have to change and race the boat with the non flying configuration, with the old foils and rudders, due to the impossibility of having a new flying rudder in time.
The third one is Mascalzone Latino a surprisingly fast Coockson 50 (cheers to them). The Cockson is basically a shortened TP52 with higher freeboard to have an interior that allows it to ocean race, featuring a canting keel. The concept was thought out by Coockson and developed by Farr (2004).
Here a Cookson 50 on the 2007 race, Cippa Lippa 8. This one is also racing this edition and doing a good race. It is approaching Malta, not far from the Infiniti 46, having ahead a beautiful Baltic 78 (2009 by Judel/Vrolijk)
Next, after the Cookson 50 comes Caro, a favorite boat of mine, Caro beat the ARC record some years back leaving way behind a Gunboat 62 catamaran. It is a 65ft cruiser racer designed in 2014 by Botin partners. Caro leaved behind Green Dragon a VOR 70 racer designed in 2008 by RP (entered after Caro). What a performance for Caro!!!.
That definitively proves the competence of Hugh Welbourn as a top racing designer as well as the validity of his DSS design (see the post about that on the Index). The concept had been used on other boats including Wild Oates XI but this is the most outstanding result on a boat designed by him ....what a race for theInfinity 46, on the tails of a VOR 70!!!
Next boats to arrive are a TP 52 that is beating a VOR 60 (the first among them) that comes just behind. Than a considerable space without boats (from Lampedousa to Malta) and turning around Lampedousa comes the first production boat, a A13, unfortunately the last boat made by Archambault before going bankrupt. The A13 is followed by many bigger boats, many of them production boats but also by the fastest among the smaller boats with special relevance to Artie, a J122 that risks to win again this race (in compensated).
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