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2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race is underway

The first start, comprising the smallest and slowest yachts, showed the way for the rest. The most daring start of the day was pulled off by American skipper Clarke Murphy racing the Carbon Ocean 82 Aegir. Image Rolex / Kurt Arrigo -

A bold reaching start by the team at the pin end had the Maxi powering towards the fleet almost at right angles.

With right of way and perfect timing, Aegir crossed the line as cannon smoke billowed into the sky.

Tacking into clear air, the powerful yacht stretched her legs and led the big boat fleet, including the line honours favourite, Rambler 88, out of Grand Harbour.

The final start of the day was reserved for the three multihulls. With the monohull fleet clear of the starting area, Lloyd Thornburg's MOD70 Phaedo3 took the opportunity to prowl around the historic surroundings prior to the start.

It was like something from the movies as the futuristic multihull glided beneath the 16th century battlements.

At 10.00 CEST, Sunday morning, George David's Rambler 88 leads the monohull fleet, sailing at 13 knots.

Second is Trifork, third Caro and fourth Wild Joe.

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