18th October 2022 to 29th October 2022

Beneteau First 47.7: Rolex Middle Sea Race

From £2850 per person

Deposit 25%. Final balance due 12 weeks before departure.
The race course provides breathtaking sights of volcanoes erupting in inky night skies, spectacular coastal scenery and an ever changeable sea.
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Suited to
Groups, Couples, Individuals
Difficulty
Some sailing experience required
Nights onboard
7
Vessel type
Beneteau First 47.7
Vessel length
47ft
Skipper
Yes
Insurance Required
Yes

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is one of offshore yacht racing’s top 3 events alongside the Rolex Fastnet and the Rolex Sydney to Hobart races. The 2022 race will be the 43rd edition of this epic race.

Race Training Days

Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st October 2022

Race Days

22nd October - 29th October 2022

£2850 per person

The pre-race build-up includes the now-famous pre-race party where the free drinks and delicious Maltese cuisine never run out and the dancing goes on long into the night!

Yacht – Beneteau 47.7

The yacht is professionally maintained and raced competitively in major regattas and offshore events in the UK, Europe and the Caribbean. She comes with an extensive racing sail wardrobe and has been modified from the factory original for ease and functionality of racing.

Our Beneteau 47.7 is MCA coded category 2 for 14 people and ISAF coded to Cat. 1 She sleeps up to 10 in four separate cabins, all berths are equipped with lee cloths for use at sea.

Please view ‘Other Practical Information’ for more information on sail wardrobe and race results.

Itinerary

Race Training Days & Pre Race Party

Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st October 2022

On arrival in Malta, the Middle Sea Race team will train in the days prior to the race, acclimatising themselves to the conditions and putting the yacht through her paces before the start of the Middle Sea Race. The pre-race build-up includes the now-famous pre-race party where the free drinks and delicious Maltese cuisine never run out and the dancing goes on long into the night!

Race Start Date

Saturday 22nd October 2022

The race start is spectacular for competitors and spectators alike set against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Grand Harbour and the racing is tactical and interesting in changeable and challenging Mediterranean conditions. The race course provides breathtaking sights of volcanoes erupting in inky night skies, spectacular coastal scenery and an ever-changeable sea. Add an international list of top competitors and you have a must-do offshore event

Prize Giving Saturday 29th October 2022

Rolex Middle Sea Race

The Rolex Middle Sea Race course is 606 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. Providing a great opportunity to build up your offshore miles and also to add to or start your 600nm race collection.

Previous Race History

The Beneteau First 47.7 has had great success over the last 11 years in the Middle Sea Race, in 2006 the team came second in the coastal race two, and of course we can’t forget the epic race of 2007 where just finishing was a huge achievement in a race where the difficult conditions and very strong winds broke many of the yachts and lead to many retirements. In spite of huge winds and confused seas, we managed an amazing 2nd in class that year and 11th overall out of 56 starters.

 

  • Race Entry and fees
  • Yacht Charter
  • Meals at sea (self-service)
  • Certified Professional Skipper
  • Basic Training
  • Consumables for the yacht (diesel, fuel and water)
  • Mooring Fees
  • Insurance for the yacht
  • Lifejacket
  • Travel to or from the boats
  • Food ashore
  • Onshore meals
  • Shore-based accommodation
  • Personal Insurance
  • Some sailing experience is required.
  • A good level of fitness recommended.

Sail Wardrobe

  • Mainsail 1 – Hyde Kevlar fully battened offshore main
  • Mainsail B/U – Hyde Sails Tri Radial Kevlar
  • Carbon Tri Radial J2 Jib (125%)
  • North 3DI J2 (105%)
  • Carbon J3 2014 Jib
  • Hyde Sails Kevlar J3 B/U Jib
  • North Asymmetric A1
  • North Asymmetric A2
  • North Spinnaker staysail
  • Masthead Spinnaker S2 Runner

Race Results

  • 3rd in class Antigua sailing Week 2014 & 2017
  • 2nd in class Heineken Regatta 2017/19
  • 2nd in class RORC Caribbean 600 2015/16/19
  • 2nd in class Yachting World Round Antigua Race 2014
  • 4th in class Heineken Regatta 2014
  • 2nd in class GILL Commodores Cup 2014
  • 2nd in class BVI Regatta 2012
  • 5th in class RORC Caribbean 600 2012
  • 3rd in class Antigua Sailing Week 2011
  • 2nd in class RORC Caribbean 600 2011
  • 1st in class and 1st over all ARC Transatlantic 2011
  • 2nd in class BVI Regatta Caribbean 2008
  • 2nd in class Antigua Week 2008
  • 2nd in class Rolex Middle Sea Race 2007

Malta

Malta

Yacht – Beneteau 47.7

The yacht is professionally maintained and raced competitively in major regattas and offshore events in the UK, Europe and the Caribbean. She comes with an extensive racing sail wardrobe and has been modified from the factory original for ease and functionality of racing.

Our Beneteau 47.7 is MCA coded category 2 for 14 people and ISAF coded to Cat. 1 She sleeps up to 10 in four separate cabins, all berths are equipped with lee cloths for use at sea.

Please view ‘Other Practical Information’ for more information on sail wardrobe and race results.

Itinerary

Race Training Days & Pre Race Party

Tuesday 18th to Friday 21st October 2022

On arrival in Malta, the Middle Sea Race team will train in the days prior to the race, acclimatising themselves to the conditions and putting the yacht through her paces before the start of the Middle Sea Race. The pre-race build-up includes the now-famous pre-race party where the free drinks and delicious Maltese cuisine never run out and the dancing goes on long into the night!

Race Start Date

Saturday 22nd October 2022

The race start is spectacular for competitors and spectators alike set against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Grand Harbour and the racing is tactical and interesting in changeable and challenging Mediterranean conditions. The race course provides breathtaking sights of volcanoes erupting in inky night skies, spectacular coastal scenery and an ever-changeable sea. Add an international list of top competitors and you have a must-do offshore event

Prize Giving Saturday 29th October 2022

Rolex Middle Sea Race

The Rolex Middle Sea Race course is 606 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. Providing a great opportunity to build up your offshore miles and also to add to or start your 600nm race collection.

Previous Race History

The Beneteau First 47.7 has had great success over the last 11 years in the Middle Sea Race, in 2006 the team came second in the coastal race two, and of course we can’t forget the epic race of 2007 where just finishing was a huge achievement in a race where the difficult conditions and very strong winds broke many of the yachts and lead to many retirements. In spite of huge winds and confused seas, we managed an amazing 2nd in class that year and 11th overall out of 56 starters.

 

20-25 litre dry bag
Wet weather gear top and trousers (optional, can be provided if required)
Thin thermal/breathable base layer x 1
Fleece top
Deck shoes
Sea boots (optional)
Sailing gloves
Warm hat
Sun hat
Sailing knife
T-shirt
Shorts
Sunglasses x 1

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