On the year of its 50th anniversary, a record fleet of close to 150 yachts is set to contest the 2018 Rolex Middle Sea Race. First held in 1968, the race has developed from its humble, Corinthian origins into an international event of repute attracting yachts from some 30 different countries. The Rolex Middle Sea Race’s 606-nautical mile course is not only challenging but beautiful taking in active volcanoes, rugged islands and numerous encounters with wildlife. To mark this year’s occasion, race organisers Royal Malta Yacht Club have put in place a number of special events and celebrations. Triumphing at this year’s anniversary edition will hold an even greater appeal for competitors - from the challenge of breaking the 11-year old race record to overall victory on IRC handicap.
‘A Portrait of the Rolex Middle Sea Race’ by Paul Cayard
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.
Rolex Middle Sea Race
The racing area will be the waters of the Central Mediterranean extending from the island of Malta, around the island of Sicily, the Aeolian Islands, the Egadi Islands, and the islands Pantelleria and Lampedusa.
Starting from Grand Harbour, 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. The Course Record, established by "Rambler" in 2007, is 1 day 23 hours 55 mins 3 secs.Official website: rolexmiddlesearace.com. See also: http://yb.tl/rmsr2018.
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