September 13, 2010
Andres Soriano (second from left) recieving his prize at last years prize giving ceremony
The Rolex Middle Sea Race 1
The Rolex Middle Sea Race
What the winners of the race can expect to win
Also known as the Rolex Fastnet race of the Mediterranean, The Rolex middle Sea Race is regarded as one of the most infamous events in the yachting calendar and this year marks the 31st edition since the race was started in 1968. Malta provides a breathtaking backdrop to this world-class sporting event in 2010. This year the event takes place on Saturday 23rd October 2010.
This race was co-founded by the Royal Malta Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club and is considered to be a first class event for sailing enthusiasts and spectators alike. The race attracts around 80 boats in recent years and the challenge is exciting – crews have to tackle 600 nautical miles of gruelling conditions, starting miles from Malta’s Grand Harbour and then heading north along the Eastern coasts of Sicily up towards the Straits of Messina.
Racers and spectators will enjoy the stunning scenery as Mount Edna appears on the port side of the race with its billowing ash and flecks of lava becoming visible at night. The course then leads north to the Aeolian Islands and the Stromboli Volcano where the yachts go to the Egadi Islands. Next on the route is to head south towards the Island of Lampedusa, leaving Panterlleria to port. The sailors then set off on their final leg of the race towards South Comino Channel before finishing at the Marsamxett Harbour.
The prize giving ceremony is always an emotional affair, where sailors recount their trials and tribulations -the winner will is awarded the prestigious Rolex Middle Sea Race Trophy and a Rolex Yacht-master Chronometer. In 2009, Andres Soriano took the title having finished the race in 3 days, 12 hours, 4 minutes and 26 seconds. He is a successful businessman, seasoned sailor and proud owner of a 69 foot Mills-designed Alegre yacht which helped him beat some of the best sailors in the world.
To find out how you can be part of the experience, and to track the sailor’s route during the race, visit: www.rolexmiddlesearace.com