GORIZIA (ITALY) (PRWEB) October 17, 2013
On Monday, 14 October at 8:02 am CEST, the Esimit Sailing Team set sail from Trieste (Italy) towards Valletta (Malta), with the aim of breaking the passage record for the Medot Sailing Trophy, which stands at 68 hours and 42 minutes. The approximately 700-nautical-mile-long passage between both cities is open to all classes and recognized by the World Sailing Speed Record Council. The trophy, established by Esimit Europa, unites two cities, two regattas – the Barcolana and the Rolex Middle Sea Race – and two yacht clubs – the “Società Velica di Barcola e Grignano” and the “Royal Malta Yacht Club”.
During the early hours of 17 October, the Esimit Sailing Team decided to abandon the record attempt due to technical issues which did not allow Esimit Europa 2 to conclude the challenge. Also, given that the yacht is still far from reaching Malta, there is not enough time for repairs in time for the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. Therefore, the Esimit Sailing Team has decided to withdraw from the Rolex Middle Sea Race – its last challenge of the season.
The Esimit Europa 2 yacht has therefore concluded its 2013 sailing season, achieving nine victories at nine attended regattas – the Rolex Fastnet Race being the season’s highlight. Since its christening in 2010, Esimit Europa 2 has all together attended 28 regattas and won all of them, moreover it has set six course records.
Esimit Europa 2 sails under the flag of the European Union, competes for the Slovenian Sailing Federation and Yacht Club de Monaco and promotes the sailing values of teamwork, solidarity, innovation and collaboration. Main sponsor is the global energy company Gazprom, while BMW is the official partner. The Esimit Europa project is under the patronage of the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and is endorsed by Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, and Sergey Lavrov, Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation.
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