The Rolex Middle Sea Race - Malta: The sailing hub of the Mediterranean
Saturday 21, August 2010
Known as the Fastnet Race of the Mediterranean, The Rolex Middle Sea Race is an unmissable event. Over 600 nautical miles long, this year’s Rolex Middle Sea Race will set sail on Saturday 23rd October from the stunning Grand Harbour in Malta.
Co-founded by the Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) in 1968, this 31st edition race will mark more than three decades of commitment to hosting a first class event for sailing enthusiasts, spectators, and admirers alike. Typically spanning for about a week, the race is blessed with Malta’s unsurpassed scenery taking competitors close to a number of islands which form marks of the course.
The Rolex Middle Sea Race departs from Grand Harbour, Valletta, beneath Fort St Angelo and the Saluting Battery in Valletta. The fleet will head north along the eastern coasts of Sicily up towards the Straits of Messina. With Mt Etna on the fleet’s port side, it will be a stunning sight for competitors and spectators alike. The billowing ashes and lava are often visible throughout the night. Once through the Straits, the course leads north to the Aeolian Islands and the active volcano of Stromboli, where the yachts turn west to the Egadi Islands. Passing between Marettimo and Favignana, the crews head south towards the island of Lampedusa leaving Pantelleria to port. Once past Lampedusa the fleet turns northeast on the final leg towards the South Comino Channel and the finish at Marsamxett Harbour. En route the crews take in an amazing diversity of landscape and sea conditions, all of which combine to create the attraction and challenge of the race.
The race, which entails an unimaginable amount of rigorous preparation and graceful determination, is only fitting of a location such as Malta: an ever-blooming destination marked by natural & historical beauty combined with modern allure. The Rolex Middle Sea Race is not only a landmark event for sailing enthusiasts and spectators but a race par with Rolex Fastnet, The Rolex Sydney-Hobart and Newport-Bermuda. Malta’s commitment to a first class internationally recognized event illustrates the country’s capabilities to serve as a hub for major sailing and sports events as well as a destination for extraordinary must-see landscapes.
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