Grand Finale for the Middlesea Race
The Official Prize Giving Ceremony for the Rolex Middle Sea Race will be held at the Mediterranean Conference Center in Valletta. Dating back to 1574 the conference centre is one of the most famous buildings in Valletta and was commissioned by Jean de la Cassière, the 51st Grandmaster of the Knights of St. John.
The Line Honours winner and the Overall Winner will both be presented with a Rolex timepiece and a glittering array of prizes will also be awarded. The 34th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race was the largest entry for the race since 1968 with 99 yachts from 18 different countries taking part.
Godwin Zammit, Commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht, explains why this year’s race has been so popular. “The word spreads in the sailing world throughout yacht clubs in the Mediterranean and beyond and by word of mouth from sailor to sailor. We have seen a big increase in numbers, especially from medium and smaller yachts. We have 30 Italian yachts coming to Malta for the race and not just from the Mediterranean, we also have many Italian yachts from the Adriatic. It is very encouraging to see so many Maltese entries, local teams have been preparing for this event all year. We are delighted to see that there was only one retirement, the light weather meant that there was very little damage to the yachts but the wind was sufficient for all of the yachts to make good speed for the race.
This has been a very satisfying race for the Royal Malta Yacht Club because we have seen it grow and not just in terms of entries. There has been a big increase in people following the race from all over the world. Tomorrow's Prize Giving is the culmination of a two week event and the Mediterranean Conference Centre is one of the finest buildings in Valletta, a fitting venue for the Prize Giving. I would like to say a big thank you to the team of helpers who come back every year, they get carried away with the enthusiasm and they give so much time willingly. I hope they enjoy being part of it all, we definitely owe them a lot.”