Rolex Middle Sea Race 2023

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9 days, including 4 days of training
Availability : 16th - 28th October 2023
Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta
Marsamxett Harbour, Valetta, Malta
Min Age : 18
Max People : 9
Tour Details

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The Rolex Middle Sea Race is a 606 nautical mile long, anti-clockwise course originally started by a healthy dose of rivalry between members of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and the Royal Malta Yacht Club in 1968.

Though 2018 was the 50th anniversary of the race, 2023 will only be the 44th edition as the race was not run between 1983- 1996. This hasn’t stopped it from becoming more popular over the years, with 130 attending boats in 2018. Representing an international fleet from 29 countries, this was a record breaking year for the race.

Set during the autumn months, the unpredictable weather demands that each sailor brings some serious commitment and tenacity with them to the start line. Previous years have seen gentle light winds setting out, only to be ending in thunderstorms, or having massive squalls wiping out half the competition. You just never know what you’re going to get.

However, what we can promise are views of the beautiful Maltese Islands and an amazing diversity of landscape and sea conditions, all of which combine to create the attraction and challenge of the race.

The race itself starts from the Grand Harbour, beneath the Saluting Battery in Valletta, before heading north along the eastern coasts of Sicily. The infamous Mount Etna is usually visible on the fleets’ port side, then up towards the challenging Straits of Messina. From there it’s north to the Aeolian Islands and the second active volcano of the course, Stromboli, where the yachts turn west along the northern coast of Sicily, to the Egadi Islands. From here, it’s south towards the island of Lampedusa, then northeast on the final leg towards the South Comino Channel and the finish at Marsamxett Harbour.

The current record for the Rolex Middle Sea Race is standing at 47 hours, 55 minutes and 35 seconds, set in 2007. We can’t guarantee that we’ll beat it, but you can help us to give it a go!

Departure & Return Location

The boat will be based near the Royal Malta yacht Club. The nearest airport is the Malta International Airport which is about a 20 minute drive to Valetta.  The race starts from the incredible scenic backdrop of Grand Harbour and finishes at the Marsamxett Harbour.  Very few racecourses come close to the beauty of the Middle Sea Race.

Departure Time

Arrive Monday 16th Oct 2023 at 10:00

The Middle Sea Race officially starts on Saturday 21st Oct 2023 from 09:00 to 13:00

Price Includes

  • Race Entry
  • Coastal Race entry
  • Yacht Charter
  • Accommodation on board (shared cabins)
  • 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
  • Personal locating beacon

Price Excludes

  • Airfares
  • Meals offboard
  • Transfers airport-marina-airport
  • Shore based accommodation
  • Wet gear
  • Personal insurance (we recommend Topsail)


  • T-Shirt with your national flag
  • Sail Racing Academy T-Shirt
What to Expect
  • Professional InstructionOur Skippers are experienced instructors that make every crew member feel welcome and tailor their delivery to the experience and style of the crew
  • Competitive boatAlthough the taking part is often fun, we believe the full experience comes from pushing ourselves to the max and competing with other boats on the water with a view to win
  • High safety standardsMaintaining and equipping a yacht to a high standard is not an easy task. No expense is spared in ensuring the best equipment is selected and repairs are undertaken quickly and proficiently.
  • No PassengersAlthough we are happy to provide sight seeing adventures, this experience is a regatta so you can expect to be actively involved in sailing the boat, there isn't any rail meat on our boats.

Day 1 - 16th Oct 2023Arrival and Training

10:00 – Safety briefing, familiarisation and boat prep.

Day 2 - 17th Oct 2023Training Day

Training and prep for the Middle Sea Race

Day 3 - 18th Oct 2023Coastal Race

10:00 – This gives the crew a good opportunity to familiarise themselves with the Maltese waters. There are a number of courses that the Coastal Race might follow around the islands of Malta, Filfla, Comino and Gozo, and all will give a great taste of what’s to come.
In the evening at 19:30hrs, the Prize Giving Ceremony and the Owner’s Reception is held.

Day 4 - 19th Oct 2023Crew Party

20:00 – the Crew Party is the perfect place to relax and let your hair down before all the hard work starts. A place to renew friendships and make new ones. Plus, a great way to check out the competition!

Day 5 - 20th Oct 2023Briefings

18:00 – The Weather Briefing followed by the Skipper’s Briefing.

Day 6-12 - 21st-27th Oct 2023The RORC Middle Sea Race begins

09:00 – 13:00 – starting gun

Day 13 - 28th Oct 2023Prize Giving Ceremony

With all the boats safely back, the Prize Giving commences from 12:00hrs.


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