Cartaghe, Tunisia - Matteo Miceli and Mario Girelli sailed the 277-nautical mile course of the Wally Speed Record from Ventotene, Italy to Cartaghe, Tunisia in 31h00”09”: 39 minutes and 49 seconds faster than the time set by Andrea Mura in 2009, during the Carthago Dilecta Est regatta organised by the Circolo Velico Ventotene.
The two ocean navigators sailed aboard Eco 40, a 40 footer completely sustainable and self-sufficient, facing difficult weather and sea conditions: “We left Ventotene with a favorable 90-degree wind that helped us surfing, but halfway the conditions changed and the wind weakened and shifted upfront. The last 150 nm were really tough: a wide beat wind over 35 knots with 50-knot gusts and 5-meter seas.” declare Miceli and Girelli after the arrival.
The collaboration of all the involved organisations (Tunisian Sailing Federation, Italian Sailing Federation, race committee, Tunisian Yacht Club, Circolo Velico Ventotene yacht club) was essential for the success of the event. The Italian Embassy in Tunisia and the Tunisian Embassy in Italy closely followed the challenge development.
Sailing confirms to be an important platform carrying a message of freedom and promoting cultural exchanges between different ports and coasts.
Congratulations to Matteo and Mario, well done!