This is how this group of yachts showed as soon as the cannon boomed. They were all struggling for the best positions to capture the wind in their sails. In the background is the Lower Barrakka with the Bell Siege Monument to commemorate the fallen during WWII. Part of the monument is a bronze catafalque on a plank to resemble the procedure when dead sailors are lowered into the sea. If you look closely you will see the catafalque jutting out from the walls.
Extract from the official report: “Artie confirmed as overall winner of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea RaceThe Royal Malta Yacht Club has been a hive of activity both day and night, welcoming back yachts taking part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race. By Midday on Day Six 34 yachts have finished the race and 25 yachts have retired. Each and every sailor that has taken part, including those that are still out there, has a story to tell for years to come. The 35th edition of the race has been one of the most memorable in the 46 year history of the race. The storm that arrived on the fourth night of racing was ferocious in its strength and lasted over 24 hours. Thankfully, conditions have now abated somewhat and although there are broken boats and battered crew, the Royal Malta Yacht Club has received no reports of serious injuries.”
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