Rolex World of Yachting video published Oct 31, 2017.
The 606 nm Rolex Middle Sea Race, organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, takes place each year and encompasses one of the most scenic courses in the world. 104 boats from 30 nations started the 38th edition. Owing to seriously strong winds and a considerable sea state on the third day, only 35 yachts completed the course confirming the race’s reputation as one of the most challenging in offshore sailing. Centred in the heart of the Mediterranean, the race starts and finishes in Malta. Leaving from Grand Harbour, Valletta, the fleet passes through the Strait of Messina and rounds the active volcano of Stromboli off the northern coast of Sicily. It then continues west past the Aeolian Islands and on to the Egadi Islands, before turning south to Pantelleria and Lampedusa and finally back to the finish. The Rolex Middle Sea Race has been sponsored by Rolex since 2002.
‘A Portrait of the Rolex Middle Sea Race’ by Paul Cayard
Rolex World of Yachting video above published Oct 13, 2017.
In the short video above, legendary and Olympic sailor Paul Cayard describes the allure of one of the Mediterranean’s most important offshore races. The spectacular footage captures the highlights of his impressive sailing career and the majesty of Malta’s historic regatta. The sound of the Saluting Battery cannons sets the fleet off from Valletta’s Grand Harbour to the Strait of Messina, leaving Sicily to port and passing the active volcano of Stromboli followed by the Aeolian and Egadi islands, before eventually returning through the South Comino Channel and the final stretch to the finish, off the Royal Malta Yacht Club. The 606-nautical-mile adventure is a favourite for professional and Corinthian sailors alike, who revel in the sheer beauty of the course and the opportunity to take home the sport’s greatest prize, a Rolex Oyster Perpetual timepiece
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