Click on pic to enlarge. Pics taken by Bunty during the P1 World Powerboat Championships Malta leg - time trials in the harbour.
This year's Rolex Middle Sea Race is going to be one with a slight difference from previous years. For the first time in the history of the race the start line is going to be in the Grand Harbour instead of Marsamxett harbour.
The Royal Malta Yacht Club has, unfortunately, been moved from its previous historical location at Couvre Port to Ta'Xbiex - too far in to be able to have the starting line infront of the new yacht club. Inspite of this drawback, in my opinion, it has worked out to be for the best. The start line has now been transferred into the Grand Harbour from the Saluting Battery under the Upper Barrakka across (I think) to Fort St. Angelo. There could not be a more unique, beautiful and historic start line as this I am sure! The Grand Harbour in Valletta is one of the most beautiful natural deep water harbours in the world, an awesome site from wherever you look at it.
Once again the RMSR is attracting a large number of entries - the last I heard was close to 80 boats. The boats come from all over the world and also have a strong local participation too. The race has become so popular now that it is mentioned alongside the famous Fastnet and even Sydney-Hobart race. In the past there have been many well known world class sailors and I am sure we will be seeing more of them too. Having said all this the RMSR is not just for the 'creme de la creme' of ''yachties'' - the fleet is made up mostly of the keen amateur sailor, alot of whom can give the experienced professional or semi-professional sailors a run for their money!
I will probably be jostling for the best position on land to take some good pics which I will obviously be displaying on my blog and later will make another youtube slide show.
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