Palermo, Pantelleria, Lampedusa and the finish in Malta

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Valetta, Malta, Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 11:00 OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK crossed the finishing line in Valletta, Malta on Wednesday at 18:06 under grey skies and storm force winds. “It was the toughest 24-hour period in the 46 year history of the race” said a Maltese sailor that has competed in all editions. Until now, 25 yachts
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Stromboli, Aeolian Islands and the approach to Palermo

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Northeast of Palermo, Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 12:00. Team OPTIMUM is back in contention with the leading boats in class 2 after a stellar performance by the crew during the last 36 hours. Actually, OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK is the 7th boat in the race track out of a fleet of 122 that started on Saturday. The
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Up to the Messina Straits

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Stromboli – Sunday, October 19th, 2014, 20:00. The start of the 35th Rolex Middle Sea Race got under way under perfect sunshine and blue skies. At 11:00, the slower yachts of class 5 started first, followed in 10 minute intervals by classes 4, 3, 2 and 1, a total of 122 yachts. Team Optimum monitored
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Ready to Go!

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Malta, Friday, 17th October 2014, 18:00. This is it! Nine months have passed since we decided back in February that participating in the 35th Rolex Middle Sea Race was the main goal in 2014 racing season for Team Optimum. Now, we are a few hours away from the start, the boat is in great shape
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Optimum Passage

Valletta, Malta, Monday, October 13th, 2014, 14:00. OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK enjoyed an uneventful passage from Athens to Valletta.  Optimum crew members and guests arrived in Malta in high spirits after a 66-hour non-stop voyage under easy going conditions.  Moonlight nights and sunny days attended by light to medium strength winds allowed for 50-50 motoring and sailing. 
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Bye-Bye, see you in Malta

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Kalamaki, Friday, October10th 2014, 16:00. OPTIMUM 3-ASPIDA-SAXOBANK left Kalamaki home port on her 500+ mile non-stop delivery trip to Malta.  The delivery crew of nine guys plans to arrive in Valetta, Malta at early Monday morning.   Four of them will catch the direct flight to Athens the same afternoon and the remaining guys will prepare
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