International Fleet bound for Malta
28 August 2014
2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race 18-25 October 2014 Organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race will start on the 18th October in the spectacular Grand Harbour opposite the Saluting Battery in Valletta,Malta. The 606-mile yacht race takes place in the heart of the Mediterraneanand covers one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Starting and finishing inMalta, the route includes the deep azure waters around Sicily including the Aeolian and Egadi Islands, as well as Pantelleria and Lampedusa. One of the most stunning vistas is Stromboli, the active volcano which is a course mark. Last year, a record 99 yachts took part and with less than two month to the start of the 35th edition, 69 yachts have already entered from 17 different nations. “The entry level so far is very encouraging, we expect to have about the same number as last year but the club would love to see the entry list past the 100 mark for the first time, since the first edition of the race in 1968.” commented Godwin Zammit, Commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht Club. “The quality of the entrants seems to be going up every year, amongst them we have sailors from all over the world; world champions, top professionals, as well as corinthian sailors. The Rolex Middle Sea Race is the highlight of the year for the Royal Malta Yacht Club and all of the competitors will be made very welcome at our clubhouse during the event.” The Line Honours favourite for the Rolex Middle Sea Race is Igor Simcic's Maxi, Esimit Europa 2, skippered by by multiple Olympic and America's Cup winner, Jochen Schümann. The 100ft canting keel maxi has taken line honour victories in the years from 2010 – 2012, becoming only the second yacht in the history of the Rolex Middle Sea Race to take it three times in a row. Last year, Esimit Europa 2 damaged their mast on the way to the race and was unable to compete but the Slovenian yacht, with a world class international crew is ...
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