Rolex Middle Sea Race
Date: Race Starts 19th October 2019, (training / preparation starts on 14th Oct)
Licences: Not required
Travel: Direct flights from major UK airports SKY SCANNER
Atlantic Charters Racing will once again be campaigning our 2 Pronavia 38s “Seawolf”and Bongani in this years 50th anniversary of the Rolex Middle Sea Race.
The Rolex Middle Sea Race course is 606 nautical miles long and is sailed anti-clockwise. Starting on the 19th October 2019. The Start line is in Valletta Grand Harbour Malta, the fleet head north along the eastern coasts of Sicily up towards the Straits of Messina, this notorious stretch of water is famous for whirlpools and mythical sea monsters that legends are built from. 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 emitting a constant stream of multi-coloured lava, an awesome sight by day or night 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, separating Malta from Gozo 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.
The 2019 Rolex Middle Sea Race campaign
Atlantic Charters finished Second in ORC class and Third in IRC class 2014, 4th in 2018, this year we aim to win. We are limiting the places to 8 people for this years Rolex Middle Sea race, plus one skipper and professional first mate on each of our 2 yachts. On arrival in Malta, the Middle Sea Race team will train for five days, starting from Monday 14th October, tuning their skills and building a strong working team before the start of the Middle Sea Race on the 19th of October 2019. Four to six days of full on yacht racing follow, battling the international list of competitors, tricky winds and racing past live volcanoes and circumnavigating the mystical island of Sicily, to return to Valletta Grand Harbour Malta for the finish..
Rolex Middle Sea Race, 2012 race report here.
This prestigious opportunity is offered to you including:
- Two professional crew
- Race training in Malta
- Entry in to Coastal Race 17th October 2019
- All safety gear Food on board whilst training and racing
- All Middle Sea Race fees and yacht costs.
Race training/yacht preparation and scrutineering starts in Malta on Monday 15th October, the actual race start being on 19th October 2019. Prize Giving and banquet at 1200 Saturday 26th October.
For more information about this race, see the blog posts listed below.