Record entry for Rolex Middle Sea Race
The Rolex Middle Sea Race has attracted close to one hundred yachts from overseas to visit Malta with 2,000 visitors expected to arrive next month. 107 yachts from 18 different countries have entered the classic 606-mile yacht race, which is set to eclipse the record entry of 82 yachts set last year.
Twelve Maltese yachts will be taking on the world's best offshore teams, including world champion and round the world legends from across the globe. Of the dozen or more Maltese yachts expected to race, many have been class champions in recent years but this race will be the biggest test of all.
Veteran competitors, Lee Satariano and Christian Ripard's will be racing Artie-RTFX and hoping to repeat their phenomenal overall win in 2011. Charles Borg Barthet's August Rush Beta Paints will be attempting the race for the first time. Three Maltese yachts will be attempting the gruelling offshore race with just two sailors on board. Anthony Camilleri's Windward, George Bonello Dupuis' Escape and Peter Ellul Vincenti's Manana have all entered the Two-Handed Class, which is about as tough as it can get.
The Rolex Middle Sea Race is the most prestigious international sporting event in Malta and thousands of people will be watching the start in Grand Harbour. Once again the start will be televised live on Maltese Television and a huge worldwide audience of race fans will visit the Rolex Middle Sea Race web site, as the drama unfolds.
The 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race will be the largest ever gathering hosted by the Royal Malta Yacht Club since it was established in 1835. Probably the biggest attendance will be the Rolex Middle Sea Race Crew Party. 2,000 members, competitors, as well as guests from overseas and the Maltese community are expected to attend.
In 2009, the Royal Malta Yacht Club moved to a new purpose built premises, located right on the water in Ta' Xbiex Marina. Extensive mooring facilities are available at the club and close by and with three extensive al fresco terraces, a lounge bar, restaurant and conference rooms, the Royal Malta Yacht Club is expecting a record attendance at the club, as well as out on the 630 mile race course.
“The club will be exceptionally busy before and after the race, with this in mind, the club staff and members have been preparing for the influx of visitors and we are all excited by the prospect of welcoming so many guests to the Royal Malta Yacht Club. We are absolutely delighted with the enormous international interest and we will offer everyone a warm welcome and all the assistance we can during their stay,” said Godwin Zammit, Commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht Club.
“The design of the club really lends itself to a large party, as there are open areas on several levels allowing the crew party crowd to spread out giving a quieter area or a busy dance floor, whatever is the preference. Everyone at the club is really looking forward to the race, I think that it is proving so popular because we have seen more and more people wanting to coming back to do the Rolex Middle Sea Race again and again. The race is popular with a wide variety of people, professional sailors, passionate amateurs, both young and old. For overseas visitors, many of them are coming here from colder countries, so the weather in Malta is very attractive, as well. We are determined to make sure that all of the competitors receive a Maltese welcome that they will never forget.”