The Annual Rolex Middle Sea Race in Malta will take place in the Valletta Grand Harbor. Despite its simple course, 606 nautical miles starting from and ending in Malta, the Rolex Middle Sea Race is a complex one, with varied wind and sea conditions posing a serious tactical challenge for crews. Notwithstanding, the Rolex Middle Sea Race is considered to be one of the most scenic race courses in the world.
Conceived as the result of sporting rivalry between great friends and Royal Malta Yacht Club members Paul and John Ripard and British sailor residing in Malta, Jimmy White, the Rolex Middle Sea Race, now in its 38th Edition, has grown enormously, attracting many prestigious names in yachting and hundreds of Corinthian crews from across the globe, all wanting to be part of the race’s history. Now, truly an international race, crews from more than 15 countries have already registered for the 2017 Edition.
The Rolex Middle Sea Race offers a true test for skippers and crews who have to deal with unpredictable weather and often wild seas. Participants frequently describe it as a very tough yet special race. The conditions in October can change dramatically and almost instantly, with the wind rising from a feeble zephyr to punishing, boat breaking potency.
Famous boats such as Stormvogel, Pen Duick III, War Baby, Mistress Quickly, Riviera di Rimini, Zephyrus IV, Sagamore, Alfa Romeo, Rambler and Maserati. On board were owners such as Cino Ricci, Enrico Recchi, Raul Gardini, Warren Brown, Marvin Green, Ted Turner, Herbert von Karajan, Niklas Zennström, Neville Crichton, Hasso Plattner and George David along with professionals the likes of Eric Tabarly, Sébastien Josse, Paul Cayard, Mike Sanderson, Adrian Stead, Jochen Schumann, Bouwe Bekking, Ian Walker, Giovanni Soldini and Ken Read.
Entries for the race will be accepted until October 6th, 2017 and crews are encouraged to submit their registration as early as possible. Entries can be submitted on www.rolexmiddlesearace.com. The race will take place in the Valletta Grand Harbor on October 21, 2017.