Malta's most famous yachting event, the Middle Sea Race, gained greater international recognition today with the announcement of a three-year sponsorship agreement with Rolex S.A, the world-renowned international watch maker.
Georges Bonello DuPuis, Commodore of the Royal Malta Yacht Club said: "We are absolutely delighted to be so closely linked with Rolex for the Middle Sea Race, particularly because Rolex is so well known for its support and commitment to excellence in the international yachting arena. Its sponsorship will re-energise the Middle Sea Race providing the event with enhanced status and worldwide exposure."
The 607 nautical mile Rolex Middle Sea Race takes place in the heart of the Mediterranean and covers one of the most beautiful courses in the world. Unique in that it starts and finishes in Malta, the route includes the deep azure waters of Sicily and the Straits of Messina, the islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa and, even features Stromboli's active volcano as a course mark.
In addition, two days of coastal races around Malta and Gozo will be organized prior to the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race.
Scheduled on 26th October, the Rolex Middle Sea Race will include a Double Handed Class for the first time. The winners of the IMS/ORC Club Racer, IMS/ORC Club Cruiser, IRC/IRM Class Racer and the IRC/IRM Class Cruiser will be presented with a magnificent Rolex Chronometer.
Commodore Bonello DuPuis added: 'The race can boast a list of competitors that reads like a 'who's who' of yachting and we are confident that our partnership with Rolex will attract even greater numbers of yachtsmen from around the world. In essence we can put the Rolex Middle Sea Race back at the top of every racing yachtsman's agenda. It's great news for the Middle Sea Race and great news for Malta.'
The Rolex Middle Sea Race now joins other prestigious Rolex-sponsored events including the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year, the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the Rolex Fastnet Race, the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the Giraglia Rolex Cup, the St. Francis Big Boat Series and the International Rolex Regatta in St. Thomas.