GasanMamo boat to participate in Middle Sea Race
The GasanMamo Comanche Raider II was purposely built in 1997 for a Spanish team headed by the Spanish Olympic Gold Medalist Pedro Campos. The boat was originally named ‘Pinta’ and had been campaigned over a number of years.
The GasanMamo Comanche Raider II is a Judel/Vrolijk designed ILC 40 optimised for IRC racing. It is the only proper flat out racer on the Maltese Islands. Jonas Diamantino, Skipper of the GasanMamo Comanche Raider II has changed many of the boat’s key components and makes modifications to optimize its performance on a regular basis.
After having completed 2/3 of the 2011 Rolex Middle Sea Race, a broken rudder bearing forced the crew to retire, but the crew proceeded with carrying out various adjustments to the boat to improve performance throughout the winter of 2011/2012.
Some of the modifications made over the last four years include: a new keel, fixed bow sprit and a high modulus carbon mast and boom, all of which allow for, bigger masthead asymmetric sails for faster downwind sailing.
All the focus is now on the challenge for the ultimate trophy - The 2012 Rolex Middle Sea Race.
A grueling 90 mile race that will see Skipper Jonas Diamantino, Co-Skipper Ramon Sant Hill and crew stretched to the limit of their physical abilities.
The Rolex Middle Sea Race will start on Saturday, October 20, the course is 609 nautical miles long and is sailed anti-clockwise. Starting from the Grand Harbour, Valletta, beneath Fort St Angelo and the Saluting Battery in Valletta, the fleet will head north along the eastern coasts of Sicily up towards the Straits of Messina. Once through the Straits, the course leads north to the Aeolian Islands and the active volcano of Stromboli where the yachts turn South west to the Egadi Islands. Passing between Marettimo and Favignana the fleet heads south towards the island of Pantelleria and then Lampedusa leaving both islands to port. The fleet then turns northeast on the final leg towards the South Comino Channel and the finish at Marsamxett Harbour.