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2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race: The Start...

The 2009 Rolex Middle Sea Race set off this morning from the incomparable setting of Grand Harbour.
To the sound of gunfire from the Saluting Battery, high above the water, the biggest fleet to depart Malta since the Turks left at the end of the Great Siege in 1565 set off on its 606 nautical mile adventure.
69 yachts crossed the start line, which used Fort St Angelo as its pin end. Crowds filled every vantage point on the southern side of Valletta, witnessing at first hand the dawn of a new era in this classic race.
As the fleet streams across towards Sicily, ICAP Leopard (GBR) led on the water from Beau Geste (HKG), Bella Mente (USA) and Rán (GBR).
By 17.00 local time Leopard was already abreast of Capo Passero. Game on...

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