An impressive international fleet of 118 yachts commenced the 2022 Rolex Middle Sea Race from Valletta, Malta earlier today. This year marks the 43rd edition of the event which was first held in 1968. Rolex has partnered both the race and its organizers, the Royal Malta Yacht Club since 2002. Following the start from Valletta’s impressive Grand Harbour, the fleet take on one of sailing’s most scenic and challenging race courses. Covering 606-nautical miles (1,122 kilometres) it features an anticlockwise circumnavigation of Sicily, two active volcanoes, including Stromboli, the race’s undisputed iconic landmark. Light conditions are forecast this year meaning that both the multihull and monohull race records set in 2021 are unlikely to be broken. Discover more https://on.rolex.com/3TA7BFi
Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. The Swiss watchmaker naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and the brand’s enduring partnership now encompasses the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas, as well as towering figures in the sport, including ground-breaking round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie. Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting SailGP global championship in which national teams race identical supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron, among others, are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.
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