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  • Event date: 24/10/2020
  • Event end: 31/10/2020
  • When: OCT-DEC
  • Duration: 1 week

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a highly rated offshore classic, often mentioned in the same breath as the Rolex Fastnet, The Rolex Sydney – Hobart and Newport-Bermuda as a “must-do” race. The Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club co-founded the race in 1968 and 2020 will be the 41st Edition and the 52nd anniversary from the start of this race.

The race is a true challenge to skippers and crews who have to be at their very best to cope with the often changeable and demanding conditions. Equally, the race is blessed with unsurpassed scenery with its course, taking competitors close to a number of islands, which form marks of the course. Ted Turner described the MSR as “the most beautiful race course in the world”.

Rolex Middle Sea Race Course

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is 608 nautical miles long and is sailed anti-clockwise. Starting from the Grand Harbour, Valletta, beneath Fort St Angelo and the Saluting Battery in Valletta, the fleet head north along the eastern coasts of Sicily up towards the Straits of Messina. Mt Etna is usually visible on the fleets port side, billowing ashes and lava throughout the night. Once through the Straits, the course leads north to the Aeolian Islands and the active volcano of Stromboli where the yachts turn west to the Egadi Islands.

Passing between Marettimo and Favignana the crews head south towards the island of Lampedusa leaving Pantelleria to port.

Once past Lampedusa the fleet turns northeast on the final leg towards the South Comino Channel and the finish at Marsamxett Harbour. En route, the crews take in an amazing diversity of landscape and sea conditions, all of which combine to create the attraction and challenge of the race.

Coastal Race Course

Depending on the weather, the race will begin in Marsamxett Harbour, head towards the Island of Gozo and return past Comino. The course of the above coastal race may be altered depending on weather conditions. Final instructions for the coastal race will be given during the Coastal Race Briefing. The starts on Wednesday before the start of the Middle Sea Race on Saturday.

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Coastal Race Briefing

A Race Briefing for all boats taking part in the Coastal Race will take place  on Tuesday 13th October at 18:00hrs

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Coastal Race

 The Rolex Middle Sea Race Coastal Race gives competitors the opportunity to familiarize themselves with local waters. The race follows one of four courses around Malta, Gozo, Comino or Fifla.

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Owner’s Reception & Coastal Race Prize Giving

The Rolex Middle Sea Race Owners’ Reception & Coastal Race Prize Giving will take place on the 14th October.  This evening is by invitation only .

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Crew Party

The Rolex Middle Sea Race Crew Party is highlight of the week leading up to the race. Unwind before the race at the party of the year.

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Briefing

The Skippers’ Race Briefing will take place on Friday afternoon at 6pm, prior to the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. A weather briefing will be given before the race briefing. The skipper and a crew member, ideally the navigator, will be required to attend the whole of the Race Briefing and the Weather Briefing.

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Start

The race starts in Malta’s spectacular Grand Harbour. A series of starts which may be watched from any of Valletta’s fortifications create a sight worth waiting for.

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Prize Giving

 The Prize Giving Ceremony closes the event in the grand 16th Century building in Valletta.   The Mediterranean Conference Centre is building that was built as a hospital in the 16th century by the Order of St. John, and it was known as the Sacra Infermeria.

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Final Farewell

The race is finished, the prizes have been given out. Time to let your hair down and say the final farewells.

Accommodation

If you are looking for accommodation before the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, we can give you these suggestions.

Grand Hotel Excelsior in Floriana/Malta next to the old town of Valletta hosts most teams and is connected to the Malta Yacht club with a water taxi. Contact person is alexia.bugeja@excelsior.com.mt; 00356 – 23192110. There is no problem to store your luggage in the hotel if you like while racing.
Other suggestions are Air BnB and Chapter 5 hotel.

Malta’s airport has direct links to over 90 airports in three continents.

A number of airlines fly regularly to and from Malta.

Air Malta is the island’s national airline, however, a number of other airlines also offer regularly scheduled flights — some of these airlines are Air France, Alitalia, Easyjet, Emirates, Lufthansa, Ryanair and  Turkish Airlines.

Visit Malta

VisitMalta is the official website for Malta, Gozo & Comino. Malta is a great place to visit for sea, sun, culture, attractions and all-year-round events.
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2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Coastal Race Briefing

A Race Briefing for all boats taking part in the Coastal Race will take place  on Tuesday 13th October at 18:00hrs

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Coastal Race

 The Rolex Middle Sea Race Coastal Race gives competitors the opportunity to familiarize themselves with local waters. The race follows one of four courses around Malta, Gozo, Comino or Fifla.

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Owner’s Reception & Coastal Race Prize Giving

The Rolex Middle Sea Race Owners’ Reception & Coastal Race Prize Giving will take place on the 14th October.  This evening is by invitation only .

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Crew Party

The Rolex Middle Sea Race Crew Party is highlight of the week leading up to the race. Unwind before the race at the party of the year.

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Briefing

The Skippers’ Race Briefing will take place on Friday afternoon at 6pm, prior to the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. A weather briefing will be given before the race briefing. The skipper and a crew member, ideally the navigator, will be required to attend the whole of the Race Briefing and the Weather Briefing.

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Start

The race starts in Malta’s spectacular Grand Harbour. A series of starts which may be watched from any of Valletta’s fortifications create a sight worth waiting for.

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Prize Giving

 The Prize Giving Ceremony closes the event in the grand 16th Century building in Valletta.   The Mediterranean Conference Centre is building that was built as a hospital in the 16th century by the Order of St. John, and it was known as the Sacra Infermeria.

2020 | Rolex Middle Sea Race Final Farewell

The race is finished, the prizes have been given out. Time to let your hair down and say the final farewells.
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Accommodation

If you are looking for accommodation before the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, we can give you these suggestions.

Grand Hotel Excelsior in Floriana/Malta next to the old town of Valletta hosts most teams and is connected to the Malta Yacht club with a water taxi. Contact person is alexia.bugeja@excelsior.com.mt; 00356 – 23192110. There is no problem to store your luggage in the hotel if you like while racing.
Other suggestions are Air BnB and Chapter 5 hotel.

Malta’s airport has direct links to over 90 airports in three continents.

A number of airlines fly regularly to and from Malta.

Air Malta is the island’s national airline, however, a number of other airlines also offer regularly scheduled flights — some of these airlines are Air France, Alitalia, Easyjet, Emirates, Lufthansa, Ryanair and  Turkish Airlines.

Visit Malta

VisitMalta is the official website for Malta, Gozo & Comino. Malta is a great place to visit for sea, sun, culture, attractions and all-year-round events.

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