The 44th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race is underway. Partnered by Rolex since 2002, the event is considered one of the world’s most beautiful and challenging offshore races. An international fleet of 110 yachts from 26 countries are contesting the 2023 race. Following today’s start from Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, competitors will tackle the 606-nautical mile (1,122 kilometres) course which comprises an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of Sicily before finishing back in Malta. At the crossroads of the Mediterranean, the course is renowned for its geography. The race’s iconic landmark is the volcanic island of Stromboli. The Rolex Middle Sea Race was founded in 1968 and is organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club. Discover more https://on.rolex.com/3Q4EKbt
Rolex has always associated with activities driven by passion, excellence, precision and team spirit. The Swiss watchmaker naturally gravitated towards the elite world of yachting six decades ago and the brand’s enduring partnership now encompasses the most prestigious clubs, races and regattas, as well as towering figures in the sport, including ground-breaking round-the-world yachtsman Sir Francis Chichester and the most successful Olympic sailor of all time, Sir Ben Ainslie. Today, Rolex is Title Sponsor of 15 major international events – from leading offshore races such as the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race and the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race, to grand prix competition at the Rolex TP52 World Championship and spectacular gatherings at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup. It also supports the exciting SailGP global championship in which national teams race identical supercharged F50 catamarans on some of the world’s most famous harbours. Rolex’s partnerships with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, Royal Ocean Racing Club, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Yacht Club Italiano, New York Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Squadron, among others, are the foundation of its enduring relationship with this dynamic sport.