The start. Photo Borlenghi

If you are a blue water passionate sailor, you can not ask for more… A gun shots start from a XVI Century Grand Harbour in Malta, famous Etna volcano on port, Sicily Strait with its tidal currents, another active volcano (Stromboli) and all the magical Aeolian Islands to leave on port. After Sicily west corner passage, your boat will sail deep through the not easy Sicily Channel, leaving on port the beautiful Pantelleria and the iconic Lampedusa… and then the last 90 miles jump to Malta, sailing through the Comino Strait, to end in Marsamxett Harbour. 608 miles of pure yachting and emotions in the heart of Mediterranean. Every single sailor deserves this experience once in a lifetime.

The start. Photo Borlenghi

The start. Photo Borlenghi

112 yachts from 25 countries will be on the starting line on the 22nd October in the spectacular Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta. Organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, the 2016 Rolex Middle Sea Race will start at 11:00hrs (CET) with six consecutive starts.

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.

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George David’s Rambler 88 will be the line honours favorite in the monohull divisions, aiming to get a new course record (47h 55m 03s, set in 2007 by a previos Rambler). Two MOD70, italian foil modified Maserati Multi 70 by Giovanni Soldini and american Phaedo by Lloyd Thornburg, are expected to duel along the entire route for the MOCRA division, with a couple of Multi 50 as well. Lot of boats will be serious contenders for the overall win in handicap IRC, with italian Cippa Lippa 8 and Mascalzone Latino (both Cookson 50), french Teasing Machine A13 and the maltese top boats hoping for the maximum honour.

Maserati Multi 70. Photo Canu

Maserati Multi 70. Photo Canu