Yachts competing in the Middle Sea Race in the Mediterranean were rounding Sicily on their way back to Malta on Monday (4 October).
GV: crews working on yachts in harbour, Malts, preparing for Middle Sea race.
SV PAN: along 'Charisma' of USA.
CU: Transom, 'Phantom, Miami' TILT UP yacht.
CU: Transom 'Benbow' of Britain.
SV: Transom 'Bumblebes Three', Sydney, and SV: crew working on yacht. (2 shots)
SV: 'Phantom' of USA pulling out of harbour.
GVs: Yachts begin race (3 shots)
GV: Kriter of West Germany with Spinnaker set proud PAN TO other following
GV: Phantom and CU OF Phantom figure on Spinnaker. (2 shots)
GV: Yachts heading towards Lam pedusa island.
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Background: Yachts competing in the Middle Sea Race in the Mediterranean were rounding Sicily on their way back to Malta on Monday (4 October).
SYNOPSIS: This year, 33 yachts from several nations were competing in the race, which began from the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Charisma and Phantom are from the United States. The entries were divided into six classes starting at different times on Saturday (2 October).
Bumblebee Three came all the way from Australia.
Good weather blessed the sailors as they readied for the start of the race, and their 615 mile (990 kilometres) voyage. the race record is 86 hours and 46 minutes. Most competitors aim to complete the course in under one hundred hours.
Kriter from West Germany running proud on the first leg of the race - a spinnaker run toward the island of Lampedusa, 100 miles (160 kilometres) west of Malta. Phantom from America carried on its spinnaker the distinctive symbol of the comic strip character, The Phantom.
The organisers expected to take two or three days after the race to compute the handicapped results.