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Malta celebrates 50th anniversary of annual Rolex Middle Sea Race

On October 20, 2018, Malta, the crossroads of the Mediterranean, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Middle Sea Race- an iconic race, featuring some of the world’s premier mariners on the most high-tech vessels in the sea. From South Africa to the United States, from Chile to New Zealand, the appeal of the Rolex Middle Sea Race is unquestionably broad, with entries from over 30 countries expected again this year.

This year, Valletta was declared European Capital of Culture and the Valletta 2018 Foundation is supporting the 50th Anniversary Rolex Middle Sea Race because the race starts in Valletta’s Grand Harbor beneath Fort St. Angelo. Participants will embark on a 606 nautical mile trek. The race will then travel to the Eastern coast of Sicily, up towards the Strait of Messina, before heading North to the Aeolian Islands and the active volcano of Stromboli. Passing between Marettimo and Favignana the crews head South towards the island of Lampedusa, passing Pantelleria on the way back to Malta.

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 gust to a punishing zephyr.

Originally stemming from a rivalry between friends and Royal Malta Yacht Club members Paul and John Ripard, and British sailor residing in Malta, Jimmy White, the Rolex Middle Sea Race has grown tremendously since the first edition in 1968. To mark the 50th Anniversary, Royal Malta Yacht Club is gearing up for what promises to be a very special edition of this highly rated offshore race.

Entries Close October 5th, 2018

The 2018 Sea Race Notice of Race is now available online

Entries will be accepted until October 5th, 2018 and crews are encouraged to submit their registration as early as possible. At the discretion of the Organizing Authority, an entry may be accepted after the 5th October and shall be required to pay the specified late entry fee. No further entries will be accepted after the 12th October.

Entries can be submitted on

For further information about the race please contact the Royal Malta Yacht Club via email on [email protected] or telephone, +356 2133 3109.