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Grand Harbour, Valletta


By Editorial Team

Held annually in October, the Rolex Middle Sea Race is challenging yet rewarding.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race covers 606 nautical miles and is sailed anti-clockwise. The regatta begins in the Grand Harbour, Valletta before heading north along the eastern coasts of Sicily and up towards the Straits of Messina. Once through the Straits, the yachts head northwards to the Aeolian Islands and the volcano of Stromboli where the course turns west towards the Egadi Islands.

The yachts will pass between Marettimo and Favignana before heading southwards towards the island of Lampedusa. Past Lampedusa, the course turns northeast to the South Comino Channel and finally to the finish at Marsamxett Harbour.

The Course Record, established by "Rambler" in 2007, is 1 day, 23 hours, 55 minutes 3 seconds and is yet to be beaten.

The most beautiful race course in the world.

Author: Ted Turner

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