One of the highlights in the international yachting calendar, the annual Rolex Middle Sea Race commenced earlier today from Grand Harbour, Valletta. Organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club and partnered by Rolex since 2002, the 606-nautical mile (975 kilometre) race, starting and finishing in Malta, is renowned both for its beautiful racecourse and the scale of the challenge it presents competing crews. A diverse international fleet of 114 yachts commenced this year’s 42nd edition across seven starts. The quest for both monohull and multihull line honours is forecast to be one of the most exciting in the race’s history while the Corinthian-crewed Maltese yacht Elusive 2 is aiming to make history by becoming only the second yacht to win the race on corrected time for the third straight year. Discover more https://on.rolex.com/3jyewyJ
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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