2014 Rolex Middlesea Race
The 2014 Rolex Middlesea Race is a spectacular yachting race which covers 606 nautical mile with the yachts travelling from Malta, round Sicily in an anticlockwise direction and returning to the finishing line in Malta.
This race, with world class international crews as well as local participants, starts off from Valetta’s Grand Harbour. The starting line is actually between the Saluting Battery in Valletta and Fort St. Angelo in Birgu.
The course has been described as one of the most beautiful in the world. After leaving Malta, the yachts head north along the eastern coast of Sicily towards the Straits of Messina. The active volcano, Mount Etna is visible along this route. The yachts then continue to the Aeolian Islands, one of which is Stromboli where another active volcano, also referred to as Stromboli, can be seen. The race then proceeds to the Egadi Islands and on to Pantelleria and Lampedusa before returning to Malta.
Last year, the race featured a record of 99 yachts and this year the organisers are hoping to see the entry list go past the 100 mark for the first time since the first edition of the race in 1968.
This race is organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club and will take place between the 13th and 25th October, 2014.