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Rolex Middle Sea Race 2023

Endurance, dedication and skill all came to the fore during a captivating 44th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race. The Italian yacht Bullitt was crowned overall winner of the race contested by an international fleet of 110 yachts from 26 countries. Partnered by Rolex since 2002, the Rolex Middle Sea Race is organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, and was founded in 1968. Renowned for its challenging and beautiful course, the 606-nautical mile (1,112 kilometre) race begins and ends in Malta and encompasses an anti-clockwise circumnavigation of Sicily. For the second year running, Leopard 3 claimed monohull line honours while Limosa took the multihull title. Discover more

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.

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