Rolex Middle Sea Race

About the Race

The Rolex Middle Sea Race was created as the result of sporting rivalry between two British yachtsmen residing in Malta, Alan Green and Jimmy White, and two Maltese sailors, Paul and John Ripard, both members of the Royal Malta Yacht Club.


Alan (who would go on to become Secretary of the Royal Ocean Racing Club) and Jimmy originally proposed a racecourse that was longer than typical in the region, and one designed to offer an exciting competition in windier autumn conditions. The initial suggestion was for a course that would start in Malta and finish in Syracuse, Sicily, in one year and then start in Syracuse and finish in Malta, the next.

The Route

The Rolex Middle Sea Race course is approximately 606 nautical miles long and is sailed anti-clockwise, starting from Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta.













Latest Entries

Check out the latest entries in the 2024 Rolex Middle Sea Race




Results and transit information from the Rolex Middle Sea Race



For results and other information prior to 2023 please visit the Archive Site

Crew Listing

Owners and crew may use this area to find individuals and opportunities.


The Royal Malta Yacht Club accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of the yacht descriptions or the qualities of the individuals listed.


It is the user's sole responsibility to check the suitability and experience of the boat and crew.  

Royal Malta Yacht Club

The Royal Malta Yacht Club history dates back to the early 1830s, making it one of the oldest yacht clubs in the Mediterranean. Initially established around 1835 as the Malta Yacht Club by a group of British naval officers stationed in Malta, the Club was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria, becoming the Royal Malta Yacht Club. This marked an important milestone in the club's history and solidified its reputation as a prominent institution.


During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the RMYC focused primarily on organizing regattas and races in Malta's coastal waters. These events attracted sailors from various backgrounds and helped to develop the sport of sailing in the region.  Like many institutions, the RMYC faced challenges during the two World Wars. Activities were scaled back, and the club's premises suffered damage. However, the club managed to rebuild and continue its operations after each conflict.  In the latter half of the 20th century, the RMYC underwent significant growth and modernization. The club's facilities were expanded, including the construction of a new clubhouse in the 1970s, which provided improved amenities for members.


In recent years, the RMYC has gained recognition as a host for prestigious international sailing events. It has organized several world-class regattas, including the Rolex Middle Sea Race, which attracts renowned sailors and sailing enthusiasts from around the globe.  The RMYC has been actively involved in promoting sailing and developing the sport in Malta. It offers sailing courses, training programs, and youth initiatives to encourage the participation of young sailors and foster a love for sailing.  Throughout its history, the Royal Malta Yacht Club has maintained its commitment to the sport of sailing, fostering a vibrant sailing community in Malta and establishing itself as a prominent institution in the yachting world.