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MLT 142

Owner: Jamie Sammut
UNICA, Sail no: Mlt142, Owner: Jamie Sammut, Skipper: Jamie Sammut, Model: Solaris one 42, Country: MLT, Class 5

Boat

Best Results

2023
3rd in IRC Class 5
2016
John Illingworth Trophy – 1st Boat Double Handed Division (IRC) with John Cachia
2015
4th in IRC Class 5
2015
3rd in ORC Class 5

Crew

Jamie Sammut
 (Skipper)
Arnt Bruhns
Reemt Bruhns
John Cachia
Bradshaw Kellet
John Ripard
Nicky Sammut
Alex Sant Fournier
Sonke Stein
UNICA, Sail no: Mlt142, Owner: Jamie Sammut, Skipper: Jamie Sammut, Model: Solaris one 42, Country: MLT, Class 5

Behind the Scenes: Larger than life skipper Jamie Sammut has a long history with the RMSR. Here’s is take on the Race.

Can you describe the evolution of your experience in the race from your first time competing to your most recent entry?

The first time I took part in the Rolex Middle Sea Race was in 2003 on Tony Camilleri’s boat Blue Fin. I was fortunate to have raced with some very good skippers! In 2013 I bought my Solaris One 42 Unica, and have been racing with it since then. 

How has the competition and the event itself changed over the years, in your perspective?

Technology has helped with the evolution of the race, especially where weather is concerned. The Race has seen some very skilled sailors take part. One has to consider that in the past sailors did not have the tools to have real time weather information on the tips of their fingers like we have now.  This evolution has allowed for better planning from the detailed data available.   This has really upped the ante for crews and the race in general. 

As someone who has raced double handed for several times, what would you say is your preferred race? Double handed or Fully crewed? 

I would choose double handed over fully crewed. Having a full crew means more responsibility as there are more people on board.  Naturally double handed racing is more taxing, mentally and physically and it is important that the other person you are racing with is someone you really trust. I always raced with John Cachia. He is a person I’ve know for a very long time – about 15 years – the first time we raced together was on Strait Dealer.  He will be on board Unica this year as well. 

Are there any specific race years or moments that stand out as particularly memorable or significant in your career?

Apart from 2016, when John and I won the John Illingworth Trophy for first boat on IRC Corrected time, the year 2018 comes to mind. Once again we are racing in the double handed class and the conditions were particularly tough.   Of course every race is different, there is a different story to each year and there is always a lesson to be learnt.

How do you manage the mental and physical demands of competing in a multi-day offshore race multiple times?

From a mental perspective, a fully crewed race is more stressful as you have the responsibility of more crew members, on the other hand you have more time to rest physically. When racing double handed, the little sleep you get is always done with one eye open! 

The 44th Rolex Middle Sea Race Starts on 21st October 2023

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a 606nm offshore classic. It is often mentioned in the same breath as the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the Rolex Fastnet Race as one of the ‘must do’ 600 milers. Featuring a circular route, tow active volcanoes and a host of other islands, the course has a uniqu splendour not to be missed.  The Royal Malta Yacht Club hopes to see you in October for the next edition of the Mediterranean’s most Challenging and most Scenic Race

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