Departed from Saint-Malo, complex weateher conditions, boat reaching the top of its performances.
Cagliari – Milano, 2014 November 3rd
Andrea Mura sailed yesterday to race on 10th Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe.
Sardinian ocean racer, already winner in “Rhum” Class in 2010, is ready to try an hystorical double.
First Italian to win a solo regatta normally prerogative of French oceanic giants, Mura – supported in his challenges by Sardinia Region – has completed a number of improvements on Vento di Sardegna, fast Open 50 designed by Felci Yachts and already winner in the latest 4 consecutive official appearances (Twostar 2012, Quebec-S. Malò 2012, Ostar 2013 oltre alla Rhum 2010).
Meteo forecast on staring grid and for the first 3 racing days declared waves between 5 and 10 mt, rain, wind at 15-18 knots from Sout/Sout-West with blasts up to 25/30 knots.
Forecast then widely confirmed, so much to generate some breakdowns to several boats during the first night of the race.
Despite this, Mura is determined: “Improvements made on boat will let me push more than last edition. Boat is ligther, we have a new mast and more perfoming sails.”
Competitors seem to be more fierce than 2010, but Mura is calm: “We totally dovoted oursevles to improve racing set up for Vento di Sardegna and I do not want to look so much to the others: best defense is attack and we will try – if meteo conditions will be compliant – to lower 2010 racing time …. regatta could last just for 16 days”.
Race is positive at the moment, Mura is now first in “Rhum” Class, having also chosen a route on the North, different from his colleagues.
Once again, bottarga (traditional Italian food coming from fish eggs) will be crucial for athlete’s diet, together with Sardinian honey and Tuttotonda extra-virgin olive oil, awarded with Sol di Bronzo 2014: lyophilized foods have been almost eliminated to have a very “Mediterranean” caboose.
Arrival in Point à Pitre, Guadeloupe, after 3-543 miles within insidious North Atlantic sea.