Rolex Middle Sea Race 2015 – With less than three months to go, the Royal Malta Yacht Club is expecting another great fleet for the 36th edition next October. Entries for the 606 nautical mile race are rapidly coming in with over fifty boats from eighteen countries already on the list.
Prominent among these is one of the newest and arguably the fastest 100’ maxi, Jim Clark and Kristy Hinze-Clark’s Comanche. Ken Read, skipper of Comanche and of President North Sails Group told the RMYC: “Comanche was designed and built to push the boundaries of technology with the ultimate goal of winning prestigious yacht races, and they don’t come much better than the Rolex Middle Sea Race.
It is an honour to compete in the 36th edition of this European classic which will be the perfect culmination of a busy summer season of Rolex events as Comanche is due to race in both the Transatlantic and Fastnet Race. As ever, our crew will be pushing hard for line honours but we’re simply looking forward to racing Comanche in the Rolex Middle Sea race for the first time and enjoying everything that Malta has to offer.” Read is no newcomer to the race having been the skipper with George David on Rambler when they established the current Course Record of 47 hours 55 minutes and three seconds in 2007.
The race has been popular with the Maxi 72 class and counts for the Maxi 72 Med Trophy. The class is so far represented by Roberto Tomasini Grinover’s Robertissma III, which is making a welcome return after missing the race in 2014 and Dieter Schon’s Momo, which is new to the race. Other boats from this exciting class could follow.
The diverse fleet is continuously growing and includes many very competitive boats as well as some large multihulls. The race follows a long but varied course in which smaller boats can compete against the biggest and the best and sometimes even win. Indeed, in 2014 it was Lee Satariano’s J122, Artie from Malta that was the overall winner.
The 100 foot (30.5m) hull length limit has been lifted by the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Royal Malta Yacht Club for the 2015 editions of the Rolex Fastnet and Rolex Middle Sea Races. This will allow supermaxis to compete in these two races which, together with the Caribbean 600 and the Transatlantic Race, will make up the Atlantic Ocean Racing Series.
The Notice of Race for the 2015 Rolex Middle Sea Race has been published and can be accessed on the event’s official website or collected from the Royal Malta Yacht Club.
The Rolex Middle Sea Race starts on Saturday, 17th October 2015.
The final Prize Giving ceremony will be held on Saturday, 24th October 2015.
Entries may be submitted on line through the event website and close on October 2nd 2015.