In the clip below, legendary Olympic sailor Paul Cayard describes the allure of one of the Mediterranean’s most important offshore races (next edition October 21-27). The spectacular footage captures the highlights of his impressive sailing career and the majesty of Malta’s historic regatta.
The sound of the Saluting Battery cannons sets the fleet off from Valletta’s Grand Harbour to the Strait of Messina, leaving Sicily to port and passing the active volcano of Stromboli followed by the Aeolian and Egadi islands, before eventually returning through the South Comino Channel and the final stretch to the finish, off the Royal Malta Yacht Club.
Starting and finishing in Malta, an island often referred to as the ‘Crossroads of the Mediterranean’, the Rolex Middle Sea Race is an international competition of distinction and an offshore race par excellence.
The proof lies in the numbers. Registrations for this year’s 38th edition come from yachts representing 30 different countries. The expected number of race starters from Valletta’s Grand Harbour on Saturday 21 October is on course to challenge the record of 122 yachts set in 2014.