06 Nov 2006
Under a vibrant blue sky at 16.36 on Oct 23 Thuraya Maximus sailed across the finish line at Marsamxett Harbour, Malta, just 1hr 52 minutes after Alfa Romeo to take second on the line for the 2006 Rolex Middle Sea Race. The 608 mile course saw Thuraya Maximus and Morning Glory battling it out for second place. The delighted crew were jubilant that the battle had ended with them finishing just 15 minutes in front of their rivals Morning Glory. It was an amazing race with some of the most stunning scenery even with the frustrating wind and current conditions. We were first across the start line and had hoped to stay in that position, but Alfa Romeo managed to pull ahead and we were left to chase and had them in our sights around the top of Sicily only for them to find the wind first said Maximus owner Charles St Clair Brown.The challenge then was to beat Morning Glory. The crew battled hard to gain advantage of any wind and we were pleased with our result. This was the last race for Maximus in the northern hemisphere with a WSSRC record,line honors and a Transatlantic win, they will be looking to continue their Super Maxi campaign back home for the Southern Sailing Series. Photo Carlo Borlenghi.