George David’s American Maxi, Rambler 88, crossed the finish line of the 2015 Rolex Middle Sea Race at the Royal Malta Yacht Club to take Monohull Line Honours at 04.48.43 CET today in an elapsed time of 2 days 16 hours 18 minutes and 43 seconds. George David was greeted by Godwin Zammit, Commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht Club.
George David was presented with a Rolex Yachtmaster I Rolesium at the line honours prize giving ceremony at the Royal Malta Yacht Club.
Rambler 88 is a far cry from George David’s Rambler 90, which set the Rolex Middle Sea Race record in 2007 (47 hours 55 minutes and 3 seconds). Rambler 88, on the design numbers is 20% faster than Rambler 90. Rambler 88 has an enormous sail area and features five metre vertical daggerboards, as well as three metre horizontal foils, which lift the boat when sailing at top speed. The canting keel also produces significant righting moment, allowing the boat to carry a huge amount of sail area aloft and still remain in control.
Lloyd Thornburg’s American MOD 70, Phaedo3, co-skippered by Brian Thompson, crossed the finish line of the 2015 Rolex Middle Sea Race at the Royal Malta Yacht Club to take Multihull Line Honours in an elapsed time of 2 days 11 hours 29 minutes and 41 seconds.
After crossing the finish line, Lloyd Thornburg commented at the Royal Malta Yacht Club: “We were repairing one of the beams the night before the start, we were repairing a bit of damage sustained from setting some of our records, so we didn’t get to do our normal practice and preparation.
“The start of the race went really well and we had a very nice sail up to Sicily, then in the Messina Strait, we found a wind hole, which was a bit of a battle to get out of. It was a wonderful race with Rambler for much of the way, they made a better call in Messina going inside and it took us a while to get back from that. The conditions were light with lumpy seas, which we don’t do so well in but towards the end we finally got our legs and were able to show the speed we are capable of.