Rolex Middle Sea Race: 112 boats, 25 nations and 6 starts
20 October 2016
by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, the 2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race will
start at 11:00hrs (CET) on the 22nd October in the spectacular Grand
Harbour, Valletta, Malta. This is the 37th edition of the race
dating back to 1968. Various vantage points are available from most
areas of the Grand Harbour. The Lower and Upper Barakka Gardens in
Valletta, the Valletta waterfronts and the Senglea promontory, give
a fine view of the start.
The 608-mile yacht race takes place in the heart of the Mediterranean and covers one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Starting and finishing in Malta, the route includes the deep azure waters around Sicily including the Aeolian and Egadi Islands, as well as Pantelleria and Lampedusa. One of the most stunning vistas is Stromboli, the active volcano which is a course mark.
Challenging, enchanting and historic, the annual Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of Europe’s most popular and respected offshore races. Supported by Rolex since 2002, the event’s fascination is largely drawn from its alluring, 608-nautical-mile race course – a rigorous and scenic anti-clockwise loop around Sicily, which introduces numerous ‘corners’ that present changing and complex meteorological shifts.