Published: Thursday, 26 October 2017

Igor Rytov’s Russian-crewed JPK 1080 Bogatyr is the overall winner of the 38th Rolex Middle Sea Race, the first Russian yacht to win one of the classic 600-mile offshore races.

Bogatyr Wins Rolex Middle Sea Race 1 

(Photo: Rolex - Igor Rytov’s Russian-crewed JPK 1080 Bogatyr)

An accomplished sailor, Rytov is a recent convert to offshore yacht racing. He campaigned a Melges 20 with success on the international circuit and a number of his Melges crew were with him on this race.

“I sailed as a young boy in Moscow, but only started racing again four years ago,” said Rytov.

“This is the second time we have competed in the Rolex Middle Sea Race and we have also competed in the last two Rolex Fastnet Races. We try to sail the boat as fast and as hard as we can, pushing all the time.

“We knew we had a chance when we started the last leg of the race, and that gave us the energy for the final night.”

Rytov and his crew will be presented with a Rolex timepiece and the Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy at the final prize giving at the Mediterranean Conference Centre on October 28.