Time flies by really fast and the Rolex Middle Sea Race is upon us once again.
This year there are, to date, 117 entrants from all over the world and, once again, well known boats and sailors amongst the fleet.
One of the big attractions about the race is that it is open to all category of sailors giving amateur enthusiasts the opportunity to race against some of the world's best. It is a race that has, in my opinion, the most interesting and beautiful course on the Rolex circuit. Although it is an offshore race it has a lot of coastal in it too and is in sight of land a lot of the time. The start of the race is nothing but truly spectacular. If the yachts were not an impressive sight on their own, put in the midst of the honey coloured historical bastions of the Grand Harbour can literally take your breath away. Capo Passero is the first check point and it is from this stage that eager followers start living on the RMSR tracker for the next few days!! The Messina Straits is a challenge in itself with the various currents and 'eddies' that can pose quite a navigational headache. Stromboli never fails to impress and gives off a spectacular show every night. Favignana is a picturesque turning point and the rounding of Pantelleria and Lampedusa means they are homeward bound!
There will be 7 or 8 (I stand to be corrected) Maltese contenders this year. Amongst them is two time winner ARTIE, ELUSIVE, GEISHA, OTRA VEZ, TON TON, UNICA, XP-ACT, and XPRESSO (apologies if I have left anyone out). All excellent sailors in their own right.This year UNICA is going to race double handed - this will be a new challenge for Jamie Sammut and John Cachia.
To see who the entrants are and for any other info regarding the race have a look at the official race website.
Below pics taken from previous Middle Sea Races
|Unica will be sailing double handed this year|