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Old 03-11-2015, 09:25   #1
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Rolex Middle Sea Race

The 2015 Rolex Middle Sea Race has terminated a few days ago - the trimaran Phaedo3 gaining line honours, second was the monohull Rambler and third the trimaran Paradox, all positions in real time.

I am contemplating in participating in next year's race with my 11m cruising catamaran and would like to hear if other catamaran owners could also be interested so that we could form a class.

The Rolex Middle Sea Race course is 608 nautical miles long and is sailed anti-clockwise. Starting from the Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta beneath Fort St Angelo and the Saluting Battery in Valletta, the fleet head north along the eastern coasts of Sicily 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.Once past Lampedusa the fleet turns northeast on the final leg towards the South Comino Channel and the finish at Marsamxett Harbour, Malta.

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Re: Rolex Middle Sea Race

Coming late in the season, the Middle Sea is known as a boat breaking race. This year has been pretty mild so far, but last year had Storm force winds.
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Coming late in the season, the Middle Sea is known as a boat breaking race. This year has been pretty mild so far, but last year had Storm force winds.
Whilst that is correct the RMSR covers a fascinating route with different sceneries and wind regions. It is regarded as one of the "Classic Yacht Races" and I would love to see more multihulls participating.
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