Rolex Middle Sea Race

The Rolex Middle Sea Race is often called the world's most beautiful yacht race. The circular course evokes strong emotions within every sailor who experiences its charms. The stunning scenery, beautiful wildlife and idyllic sailing conditions make this a firm favourite on every offshore sailors bucket list. 

Organised by the Royal Malta Yacht Club it is one of the 3 classic ROLEX sponsored offshore 600nm races – ranking alongside the ROLEX Fastnet Race and ROLEX Sydney - Hobart Race.



The magnificent back drop of Grand Harbour provides one of the most iconic settings in world sailing for the start of the race.





The ramparts of Valletta are awash with colour as thousands line the ramparts of the fortified city to witness the start. The cannons of the Saluting Battery, high above the water, add to the pageantry afloat as flame, smoke and noise signal the beginning of this offshore classic. 

The Rolex Middle Sea Race course is 608 nautical miles long and is sailed anti-clockwise. Starting from the Grand Harbour beneath Fort St Angelo and the Saluting Battery in Valletta, the fleet head north towards the east coast of Sicily and 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. With Lampedusa rounded the fleet turns northeast on the final leg towards the South Comino Channel and the finish at Marsamxett Harbour. En route the crews take in an amazing diversity of landscape and sea conditions, all of which combine to create the attraction and challenge of the race.


Why not make 2017 your year to do something truly remarkable?

We still have places available on our stunning 46ft race yacht 'Impulse'. 





Programme & Pricing

Rolex Middle Sea Race Crew Berths: Members £2000 per person / Non-members £2495 per person

16th October - Welcome evening in Malta - Fly in on the Monday, socialise with the crew and enjoy dinner ashore.

17th October - Training Day 1 - Go sailing ! Boat familiarisation with a focus on team work, sail changes, kite work and sail trim.

18th October - Malta Coastal Race / Training Day 2 - As part of the main event, this warm-up coastal race in the waters of Malta and Gozo is an ideal training opportunity for all the crews before the main event. There is always plenty to cover in the team debrief!

19th to 20th October - Training Days 3 & 4 - Continue the learning following the Coastal Race with a focus on boat speed and team work.

21st to 25th October - Rolex Middle Sea Race - We expect the 600 mile course to take four days but of course this is highly weather dependent. We expect to finish the race on the 25th but for those those in a hurry to get home we advise booking flights no earlier than the 26th October. The prize giving ceremony is scheduled for the 28th October and Malta is of course a great place for a holiday if you do plan to stay for an extra few days.


What's included:
• You'll be racing our stunning X-Yacht 46 'Impulse' for the 2017 Rolex Middle Sea Race. She comes with a full wardrobe of North race sails and whilst big enough to offer exhilarating performance, she is still small enough to be really engaging to sail.
• Experienced professional race skipper and mate
• Race entry fees and on board expenses (berthing, diesel, gas etc)
• Loan of a fully compliant life jacket & all vessel’s safety equipment
• You are welcome to sleep on board the yacht during the training days or may choose to book a hotel locally.

What's not included:
• Wet weather gear
• Meals taken ashore
• Your travel



RYA Sea Survival (one day course)

To book your space or find out more please call us on 02380 001234 or email