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.
Rolex Middle Sea Race programme
Crew Meeting: 15th October informal meeting, dinner, drinks and a chance to get to meet the rest of the crew.
Training:16th – 18th October
Boat preparation and rest day: 19th October
Race start: 21st October
Estimated finish: 24th to 25th October
Prize-giving: 28th October
Rolex Middle Sea Race Package includes
- Professional Race Crew
- Pre-event training
- Food and water on board
- Safety equipment (loan)
- Race entry fees
- Fuel and berthing / mooring fees
Guests will need to arrange their own accommodation ashore in Malta, a travel insurance policy with cover for offshore racing and any applicable visas.