If we were betting, we wouldn’t bet against them….
Igor Simicic’s maxi, Esimit Europa 2 is expected to finish the Rolex Middle Sea Race in the early hours of tomorrow morning. However the 100ft carbon fibre canting keel Maxi is under serious pressure to secure their fourth Line Honours victory in the race.
At dawn this morning, Niklas Zennstrom’s Maxi 72, Ran V was just six miles behind Esimit Europa 2 at Pantelleria with 190 miles to go. Esimit Europa 2 is the quicker of the two yachts in a straight line but the wind is now directly behind the two yachts. To maintain the best speed to the finish, both yachts will be continuously gybing to maximise their VMG (Velocity Made Good).
In theory, Ran V is the quicker yacht in this ‘short course’ battle because the yacht is far more maneuverable than her bigger rival. What is more, this evening a substantial increase in wind speed is expected. This should arrive at Ran’s position first, narrowing the gap on Esimit Europa 2.