The Rolex Middle Sea Race… About the Race

20191009 28The Rolex Middle Sea Race was established as the result of sporting rivalry between great friends, Jimmy White and Alan Green, two Englishmen residing in Malta, together with Paul and John Ripard, two Maltese members of the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Jimmy, Alan (later to become the Race Director of the Royal Ocean Racing Club), Paul and John would eventually map a course designed to offer an exciting race in different conditions to those prevailing in the immediate Maltese coastal waters. The course, essentially a clockwise circumnavigation of Sicily starting and finishing in Malta, would be slightly longer than the RORC's longest race, the Rolex Fastnet. The resulting course is the same as used today, although sailed in the reverse direction.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race course record has been broken on five occasions since the inaugural edition in 1968. The current record of 47 hours 55 minutes was established in 2007 by George David and his, then, 90-foot Rambler.

Event Calendar:

Tuesday, 15 October               Media Briefing (RMYC)

Wednesday , 16 October       Coastal Race

Thursday,17 October             Crew Party (Xara Lodge) - by invitation

Friday, 18 October                  Q&A Session with key RMSR Personalities

                                                        Skippers’ Briefing (Excelsior Hotel)

                                                        Skippers’ Reception 

Saturday, 19 October             Start (Grand Harbour, Valletta)

                                                        RMYC Hospitality (Lower Barrakka Gardens)- by invitation

Saturday, 26 October            Prize Giving (Mediterranean Conference Centre)

About the Royal Malta Yacht Club: Founded in 1835, it is the only yacht club in Malta and instigated the formation of the Malta Sailing Federation. The RMYC has a deep commitment to yachting and organises a full programme of racing and social activities throughout the year. Located right on the water in Ta’ Xbiex the club facilities include a lounge bar, dining area with outdoor terraces, roof top terrace, conference rooms, a fitness room with changing rooms, waterfront facilities for small boats and a seasonal marina for larger boats. The club is run by a committee elected by the full members of the club. Members vary in age and profession, sharing a common passion for yachting and the social life generated around the club.

 The Rolex Middle Sea Race starts on Saturday, 19th October 2019 and the final Prize Giving ceremony will be held on Saturday, 26th October 2019.

The current course record of 47 hours 55 minutes was set by George David’s 90-foot American yacht Rambler in 2007.

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