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The 35th Rolex Middle Sea Race is due to kick off on 18 October 2014 and promises to bring participants and spectators a week of thrilling action. The race starts and ends in Malta and comprises of a 977 km anti-clockwise trip around the biggest island in the Mediterranean, the Italian island Sicily.
An Incredibly Scenic Route
The route is extremely picturesque and has been described as ‘the most beautiful race course in the world.’ Participants will set sail at the renowned Grand Harbour in Valetta – an ancient harbour used since the Phoenician times. The sailors can look forward to a spectacular course that includes closely passing several beautiful small islands that act as markers for the route. These markers comprise of islands of the Aeolian, Egadi and Lampedusa Islands. One of the most impressive markers is the active volcano Stromboli. The stunning course takes yachts through the South Comino Channel before crossing the finish line in Marsamxett Harbour, Malta. The prize-giving on the 25th of October will conclude yet another memorable Rolex Race.
History of the Rolex Race
Founded by the Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club in 1968, the race has been running every year, besides a break from 1984 to 1995. Sponsored by the highly esteemed watch manufacturing company Rolex, the Rolex Middle Sea Race is highly rated throughout the world. Although it has been a popular race since its inception, entries have risen sharply since the Rolex sponsorship was acquired. In previous years entries of around 25 – 30 yachts were expected but this has increased exponentially. In 2013 a phenomenal amount of 99 yachts entered and as of September 2014, there were already 115 entrants to the year’s race. Entrants hail from all over the world and are all looking forward to an unsurpassed voyage.