Rolex Middle Sea Race 2017

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a highly rated offshore classic, often mentioned in the same breath as the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Newport – Bermuda Race or the Rolex Sydney – Hobart Race as a “must do” race. The Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) co-founded the race in 1968. Save for a break between 1984 and 1995 the event has been run annually attracting 25 -30 yachts. In recent years, the number of entries has risen sharply thanks to a new Organising Committee who managed to bring Rolex on board as title sponsor.

The race is a true challenge to skippers and crews who have to be at their very best to cope with the often changeable and demanding conditions. Equally, the race is blessed with unsurpassed scenery within its course, taking competitors close to a number of islands, which form marks of the course. Ted Turner described it as “the most beautiful race course in the world”.

Starting from Grand Harbour, Valetta, boats will sail a course leaving to port the Island of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands (including Strombolicchio), the Egadi Islands (except Marettimo Island), Pantelleria and Lampedusa Islands, through the South Comino Channel, keeping Malta to starboard, to the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour. The Islands of Ustica, Linosa and Lampione are not marks of the course. The length of the course is approximately 606 nautical miles.

For more information see the Rolex Middle Sea Race event website.

Valetta, Malta
16 - 18 October
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