First time ever in the history of Rolex Middle Sea Race the winner is Russian team JPK 1080 Bogatyr of well-known yachtsman Igor Rytov and his crew! We would like to congratulate them on a very well-deserved victory!
No one has the possibility of beating Bogatyr's corrected time, even though some yachts are still racing. Bogatyr is the first Russian yacht to win one of the classic 600-mile offshore races. They raced the course of 666 nautical miles within 3 days 16 hours and 23 minutes (compared to last year result of 4 days 13 hours 49 min, they were placed second overall, after corrected time), and now the victory in both IRC 6 class and overall IRC, is theirs!
Rytov is an accomplished sailor but is a recent convert to offshore yacht racing. He campaigns a Melges 20 with great success on the international circuit (2017 European Champion, MWL 2017 ranking leader) and a number of his Melges crew were with him in this race.
"I sailed as a young boy in Moscow, but only started racing again four years ago," advises Rytov. "This is the second time we have competed in the Rolex Middle Sea Race and we have also competed in the last two Rolex Fastnet Races. We try to sail the boat as fast and as hard as we can, pushing all the time. We knew we had a chance when we started the last leg of the race, and that gave us the energy for the final night."
Rytov and his crew will be presented with a Rolex timepiece and the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy at the final prizegiving at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on Malta on Saturday, 28th October, 2017.