37th edition sets off this morn­ing from Grand Har­bour

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The 37th edition of the Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race gets un­der way this morn­ing with the now usual spec­tac­u­lar start at the Grand Har­bour in Val­letta, start­ing at 11am.

More than 100 boats will be tak­ing part, ac­cord­ing to the Royal Malta Yacht Club, or­gan­is­ers of the event.

Nine of these boats will be Mal­tese, led by Ar­tie, win­ner of last year’s edition.

The oth­ers – ac­cord­ing to the en­try list - are Elu­sive 2, win­ner of last Wed­nes­day’s short Coastal Race, Geisha, Otra Vez, Oz, Ton Ton, Unica, Xp-Act and Xpresso.

Among the par­tic­i­pants this year are some qual­ity top world class boats, among them Phaedo 3, last year’s mul­ti­hull line honours win­ner, and Maserati, which will be us­ing its hy­dro­foils for the first time ever – they can lift the boat out of the wa­ter!

The Rolex Mid­dle Sea Race is a highly rated off­shore clas­sic, of­ten men­tioned in the same breath as the Rolex Fast­net, The Rolex Syd­ney - Ho­bart and New­port-Ber­muda as a “must do” race.

The Royal Malta Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Rac­ing Club co-founded the race in 1968.

Save for a break be­tween 1984 and 1995 the event has been run an­nu­ally ini­tially at­tract­ing 25-30 yachts, how­ever in re­cent years, the num­ber of en­tries has risen sharply to 122 boats in 2014. The or­gan­is­ers are en­cour­aged by a new three-year deal signed with Rolex as main spon­sors of the Mid­dle Sea Race. No fewer than 25 coun­tries are rep­re­sented in this year’s race and this shows the great in­ter­est for the event.

Last year’s pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony

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