Rolex Middle Sea Race 2019


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The Rolex Middle Sea race is one of offshore yacht racing’s premier events. This autumnal race if famed for its changeable conditions as yachts race from Malta, around Scilly and back to Malta, finishing in the historic Grand Harbour. There is no finish quite like it. 2019 will be the race’s 40th year, and we expect our usual warm welcome and unrivalled hospitality from the hosts – Royal Malta Yacht Club.

Trip Start: 15 October 2019

Trip End: 26th October 2019

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Vessel Type

Volvo 70 “Kraken”  (ex-Telefonica Black from 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race)

Vessel Length



Yes + professional 1st and 2nd mates


Hot bunking in pipe cots.


Deposit and cancellation:

50% deposit required. Non-refundable.

See deposit and cancellations policy


  • Skipper, Mate, Navigator and 2 Crew members
  • 3 1/2 days training including the coastal race
  • Berth on boat until prizegiving on the 26th October
  • Team polo
  • All marina and berthing fees
  • Food onboard while training and racing
  • Lifejacket and foulies
  • Race fees


  • Personal insurance
  • Travel to and from boat not included.

Practical Info

Open to beginner sailors.

A good level of fitness recommended.


Getting there

Arrive Valletta Malta

Getting back

Leave Valletta Malta

Travel assistance

Need help booking travel and accommodation for your trip? We have teamed up with STA Travel. Their experts will assist you with all your travel requirements. Please enquire when booking.


15 Oct – Training day
16 Oct – Coastal Race
17 Oct  – Training day, followed by PM Crew party, hosted by RMYC
18 Oct – Afternoon training on the water followed by evening race brief
19 Oct – Race Start
26 Oct – Prizegiving

The boats itinerary starts at 8am on the 15th October, crew are welcome to turn up anytime from the 13th as your bunk will be available, so please feel free to use her as your base.

The Course – Coastal

Depending on the weather, the race will begin in Marsamxett Harbour, head towards the Island of Gozo and return past Comino. The course of the above coastal race may be altered depending on weather conditions. Final instructions for the coastal race will be given during the Coastal Race Briefing.

The Course – Rolex Middle Sea

The Rolex Middle Sea Race course is 608 nautical miles long and is sailed anti-clockwise. Starting from the Grand Harbour, Valletta, beneath Fort St Angelo and the Saluting Battery in Valletta, the fleet heads North along the Eastern coasts of Sicily up towards the Straits of Messina. Mt. Etna is usually visible on the fleets port side, billowing ashes and lava throughout the night. Once through the Straits, the course leads North to the Aeolian Islands and the active volcano of Stromboli where the yachts turn West to the Egadi Islands.

Passing between Marettimo and Favignana the crews head South towards the island of Lampedusa leaving Pantelleria to port.

Not the package you’re looking for? We have access to many more yachts, so if none of these suit your needs or schedule, please do email and we’ll find you a package that fits.


Sailing boots

Trainers / deck shoes (no black soled shoes please – they mark the deck)

Waterproof sailing kit



Sailing gloves – 2 sets

Glove liners

Hand warmers

Hot water bottle

Clothes for on-board and on shore

A water bottle

Thermals, two sets

Thick socks, two sets

Sun glasses (polarized)

Sun cream – SPF50+

Small quick dry towel

USB cord to charge your phone


Warm sleeping bag

Head torch

Sailing knife


Printed out Insurance details

Any medication you require


Specialist off-shore sailing insurance is required. We can direct you to the insurer we use. Ask for information when you enquire.

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“Highly recommended!”